Ten most expensive cars sold last year revealed, including £115million Mercedes and McLaren F1
The most expensive cars sold last year have become known some of them go under the hammer for millions of pounds.
Motorheads splash out on expensive cars auction and break a number of records while they do it.
More expensive entries include a £115m Mercedes and a McLaren F1 engine.
Here are the 10 bestsellers from last year, courtesy of Top Gear
1) 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe
Ultra rare 1955 Mercedes-Benz sold for a whopping £115 million at RM RM Sotheby’s Uhlenhaut auction.
A stunning icon of automotive history, the Mercedes is one of only two prototypes built at the time.
The sale took place in Germany May 5, 2022 and more than doubled the previous auction record for the engine.
This was established in 2018 by the sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO for $48.4 million also by RM Sotheby’s, according to Mayhead.
2) 1998 McLaren F1
Arguably the greatest car of the 20th century, the 1988 McLaren F1 is considered one of the “Big Three” performance car icons of its time.
This incredible engine is unique in production Formula 1 road cars and boasts revised and improved factory-fitted headlights.
One of the 64 road cars built was sold at auction for £21m.
The sale took place on August 20, 2022 at a private auction by RM Sotheby’s in the USA.
3) 1955 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Sport Spider
This impressive car is one of only two factory 410 Sports equipped with the 24-spark 4.9-liter V-12.
The iconic Ferrari was sold for £18,601,014 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in California.
He was managed by Carroll Shelby during his signature seasons of 1956 and 1957, when he played for famous Southern California manager John Edgar.
And the Ferrari for sale was a very original example, retaining matching engine, chassis and body numbers.
4) 2003 Ferrari F2003 GA
This 2003 F2003-GA is the same car as the legendary Michael Schumacher won his sixth world title.
It is also the most successful Ferrari F2003-GA Grand Prix car ever built.
The spectacular motor sold for a whopping £13,000,000 at RM Sotheby’s Luxury Week auction in Geneva, Switzerland.
The car, which boasts one of the last V-10s in Formula 1, has 930 horsepower and a rev limit of 19,000 rpm.
5) 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS Teardrop Coupe
Aptly titled The Teardrop, it’s a moving sculpture on wheels that has simultaneously redefined automotive style and won top-level races.
It sold for just over £10 million in March 2022 at Gooding & Co’s Amelia Island auction in Florida, USA.
The Teardrop was the most desired work by designers Figoni et Falaschi, adorned with sensuous curves that advertised speed without motion.
This style was emphasized by tapering pontoon wings, which Figoni called enveloppantes, and a descending rear end, which could be called a fastback.
6) 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe
This motor was bought at the Gooding & Co Pebble Beach auction in California for just under £9 million.
Powered by a 3,257 cc DOHC inline 8 engine, the Bugatti boasts an impressive 220 horsepower at 5,500 rpm.
It was one of the fastest production cars ever produced before World War II and was ahead of its time in many ways.
Bugatti also installed a lightweight exhaust system, de Ram shock absorbers and high compression pistons, so it had everything it needed to beat the competition.
7) 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
The exotic 1937 Mercedes 540K is one of only three surviving long-tail, covered-spare special roadsters.
The impressive motor has its own claim to fame in history as it was originally delivered to the King of Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah.
At RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction in 2022, the expensive Mercedes was sold for £8,372,781.
The sleek and stylish motor in question was also previously owned by renowned collectors Vernon Jarvis and Robert Barre.
8) 1924 Hispano Suiza H6C Torpedo Roadster
The ultra-light, bespoke body was hand-crafted from tulipwood by Nieuport, the maker of the 28 fighter jet used in aerial combat during the First World War.
It was built on the H6C Boulogne chassis with a 45hp H6C 8-litre engine.
The masterpiece, with its magnificent mahogany body, fetched £7,814,877 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2022 auction in California.
The classic motor raced Dubonnet in the 1924 Targa Florio and Coppa Florio.
9) 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Coupe
The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Coupe was one of the first Competition SWB Berlinetta cars.
Sold at Gooding & Co’s London auction for £7,762,500, it represents a series of road-going, grand touring cars produced by Ferrari between 1954 and 1960.
In the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans, driven by Hugues and Pabst, he finished 7th overall.
Powered by a 2,953cc SOHC Tipo 168 V-12 engine, it produces an estimated 280 horsepower at 7,000 rpm.
10) 1958 Maserati 450S Fantuzzi
Rounding out the top 10 is the incredible 1958 Maserati 450S Fantuzzi.
It was the ninth of 10 examples created, commissioned and personally delivered by famed designer Carroll Shelby.
The £7.6 million engine won three SCCA regionals during 1958.
He also competed in the 1959 USAC Road Racing Championship with great success.