While the vast majority of vehicles sold at auto auctions are regular, nondescript, daily drivers, there are a number of auto auctions that specialize in rare and valuable vehicles. These cars hold special value and can often be bought and sold for millions of dollars. Over the years there have been a number of extremely rare cars sold at auction. This article takes a look at the five most expensive American vehicles ever sold at one of these auctions.
1) 1962 Shelby Cobra 260 CSX2000 – $13,750,000
The most expensive American vehicle ever sold at an auto auction is the 1962 Shelby Cobra 260. Car fanatics will know that just about every Cobra is extremely valuable, but this one sits at the top of the pile. In large part this is because this vehicle is the car that started it all. This history, coupled with the fact that it had never been restored, led to its massive haul at auction.
2) 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf – $11,000,000
This particular vehicle began its life as a race car before entering the movie business. It played a role in the Steve McQueen movie “Le Mans”. With provenance like this it is no wonder that the car fetched $11,000,000 at auction.
3) 1931 Duesenberg Model J – $10,340,000
The Model J was one of the very first cars ever produced at any kind of scale. Featuring a luxurious design and interior, coupled with almost 100 years of history, this vehicle was very popular with the bidders.
4) 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona – $7,685,000
As is to be expected, a Cobra is making another appearance on this list. This particular vehicle became the first US based team to win the World Sportscar Championship, making it an excellent collector’s item.
5) 1964 Ford GT40 – $7,560,000
While not holding the same kind of historical significance as the Gulf version mentioned earlier in this article, this vehicle still makes an excellent centerpiece to any car collection. The bidders agreed when it went on sale and fetched a rather handsome $7,560,000.
While most buyers can never hope to get their hands on vehicles of this stature, it is nonetheless interesting to remark at some of the finest cars that have ever exchanged hands at an auto auction.