Bonhams, Barrett-Jackson, RM Sotheby’s, and others hosted their annual Arizona auctions this past weekend. Spanning more than four days of sales, it was the second most profitable weekend in the history of the event.
According to Hagerty, more than $259.8 million worth of merchandise was sold. That number represents an increase of $9.2 million over the previous year, with more than 2,900 out of 3,486 lots finding new homes. All said and done, the average selling price of each vehicle was just under $90,000 – but these ten far exceeded auction averages.
Kicking off the list at a cool $2,805,000, this 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider was owned for more than four decades by collector and enthusiast Grant White of Salt Lake City, Utah. It only had four owners before White, and remained in exemplary condition when it hit the auction block, where it went for $2,805,000.
$2,915,000 (Gooding & Company)
Some call it last great Ferrari coachbuilt by Pininfarina. Whatever you call it, it didn’t go for cheap. This 500 Superfast Series sold for a whopping $2,9150,000. It includes all the original documents that came with the car new in 1965, as well as the original 5.0-liter V12 good for 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts).
$3,080,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
Another pristine Prancing Pony, this 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe sold for $3,080,000. It’s one of just 17 SWB Pininfarina 400SA Coupe Aerodinamicos ever built, and comes with the original 4.0-liter V12 that produced 340 horsepower (253 kilowatts) when new.
$3,135,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
Though not as iconic as the F40, or as stunning as the Enzo, the Ferrari F50 is an impressive machine all the same. This particular example sold for $3,135,000 at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale, and is one of just 55 examples built for the U.S.
$3,300,000 (Gooding & Company)
Way before the Veyron or the Chiron, there was the Grand Prix. Originally unveiled at the Grand Prix of Lyon in 1924, its 2.0-liter eight-cylinder engine produced just 95 horsepower. This one remains one of the last mostly original examples. It sold for $3,300,000 at Gooding and Company this past weekend.
$3,602,500 (RM Sotheby’s)
Just 20 examples of the Ferrari 365 GTS by Pininfarina were ever built. Each one featured a 4.4-liter V12 with as much as 320 horsepower and a five-speed manual gearbox. This particular example has had just six owners in its 47-year history, and fetched an astounding $3,602,000 at auction.
This nearly 90-year-old Benz broke a record this past weekend – it’s the most expensive Type S Sport Tourer ever sold. When the hammer dropped, it went home for $4,812,500 at Bonhams.
Though there are already some amazing Ferraris on this list, this one takes the cake. It’s a 1952 340 America that was campaigned in the 1952 Mille Miglia, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Targa Florio, and others. Under the hood is a 4.1-liter V12 tuned specifically for the track. It went to one lucky new owner for $6,380,000.
$6,600,000 (RM Sotheby’s)
Look up the word "elegance" in the dictionary and you’re likely a find a picture of this 1939 Benz beside it. The one-off was built for Rolf Horn of Berlin and features a five-speed manual transmission paired to a 5.4-liter supercharged eight-cylinder engine. It sold for $6,600,000 at RM Sotheby’s.
The title of “most expensive” at this year’s Arizona auctions goes to this 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight that we’ve featured previously. It’s the most expensive E-Type ever sold at auction, and one of the few remaining of the 12 examples built. It sold for $7,370,000 at Bonhams.