A 1994 McLaren F1 ‘LM-specification’ and a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta are the two most-expensive cars sold at public auction thus far in 2019.
The ten most-expensive cars sold at public auction thus far in 2019 include six Ferraris but the most-expensive was a 1994 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification that sold for $19,805 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 sale. The second most-expensive car was a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Touring Berlinetta that achieved $19,257,000 at the Artcurial Paris Retromobile sale. The ten most-expensive cars in 2019 also include a James Bond Aston Martin DB5 and a 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype.
List of the Top Ten Most-Expensive Cars in 2019 (August)
The 10 highest results achieved for cars sold at public auction thus far in 2019 were:
|Year||Car||Price ($)||Auction House||Auction|
|1||1994||McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’||19,805,000||RM Sotheby’s||Monterey|
|2||1939||Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta||19,256,750||Artcurial||Paris|
|3||1958||Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider||9,905,000||Gooding||Pebble Beach|
|4||1962||Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta||8,145,000||RM Sotheby’s||Monterey|
|5||1965||Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype||7,650,000||RM Sotheby’s||Monterey|
|6||1963||Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta||7,595,000||Gooding||Scottsdale|
|7||1958||Ferrari 250 GT Series I Cabriolet||6,800,000||Gooding||Pebble Beach|
|8||1965||Aston Martin DB5 “Bond Car”||6,385,000||RM Sotheby’s||Monterey|
|9||1975||Ferrari 312T||6,000,000||Gooding||Pebble Beach|
|10||1958||Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta||5,890,000||Gooding||Scottsdale|
The Ten-Most Expensive Cars of 2019 (January to August)
1994 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’
A 1994 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’ sold for $19,805,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 sale as not only the most-expensive car sold during the 2019 Monterey / Pebble Beach car week but also to set a new McLaren marque record.
Only 64 McLaren F1 cars were ever made in this record car is one of only two production cars that were upgraded to LM-Specification. The sister car set a marque record of $13,750,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015 auction but a further 1995 McLaren F1 since sold for $15,620,000 at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2017 sale.
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
A 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta sold for €16,475,000 ($19,256,750) as the top result at the Artcurial Paris Rétromobile 2019 classic car auction.
The 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, chassis #412024, was the second of only 5 examples built with the Carrozzeria Touring berlinetta coachwork. Alfa produced fewer than 50 of the 8C2900 chassis. The last one to have sold at auction was a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider that set the marque record at $19,800,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2016 sale.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider was the top result at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 auction and just missed the $10 million mark when it sold for $9,905,000.
This California Spider was the 11th of 50 LWB California Spiders built and one of small group fitted with covered headlights. It was raced in period and competed in SCCA events in Florida, USA.
1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
The 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, chassis #3359GT, was rather darinly, given current market uncertainty, offered without reserve at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 sale. The car not only made estimate, but also sold for $8,145,000 – around half a million dollar more than a similar car achieved earlier in the year.
The fully restored car is Ferrari Classiche certified and received a mention of honor at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’este in 2012.
1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype
The 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype sold for $7,650,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 as the most-expensive American car thus far sold this year. It is also one of the most-expensive Fords ever.
This Ford was the eighth of 12 GT40 prototypes built and the first of a mere five roadsters. It is the only example of its kind to have continually survived in its original form.
The Ford GT40 Roadster was built for Shelby American as a test and development car and is one of two cars also used by Kar Kraft for “J” and “X” Series development. It wa raced in period by legendary drivers such as Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, and Jim Clark.
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
The 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta with coachwork by Scaglietti, chassis 4037 GT, sold for $7,595,000 at the Gooding Scottsdale 2019 sale. The result was at the top end of a surprisingly modest presale estimate. This Ferrari 250 GT was the fourth to last of 166 SWB cars produced and one of only 96 Lusso SWB Berlinettas built. As a late production car, this SWB offers the refinements made over the course of the model’s production, including a bigger windshield, more luxurious seats, and a leather dash. It had a string of owners including Nicolas Cage (in 2006).
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet
A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet sold for $6,800,000 at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 classic car auction It is one of only 40 Series 1 cabriolet built making it rarer than the California Spider – new the cabriolet was significantly more expensive too.
This 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet received numerous accolades at concourses during the 1990s and enticingly for the new owner seemed not have been shown much in recent years.
1965 Aston Martin DB5 “Bond Car”
The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 “Bond Car”, often termed the most-famous car in the world, set a model record when it achieved $6,385,000 at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 sale.
This DB5 was used as a promotional vehicle and received all modifications as presented for the film Goldfinger. In contrast to the cars used in the filming, the modifications on this DB5 are actually fully functioning.
1975 Ferrari 312T Formula 1
The 1975 Ferrari 312T Formula 1 that Niki Lauda drove en route to his first world championship title sold for $6,000,000 at the Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 auction. It was the first time ever that a 312T was offered at public auction.
Lauda qualified on pole position in all five races that he drove this particular chassis. He won the French Grand Prix and finished on the podium at the Dutch GP and German GP. He also won the non-championship BRDC at Silverstone in this car.
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, chassis 1037 GT, sold for $5,890,000 at the Gooding Scottsdale 2019 classic car auction. This car was the 19th of 36 single-louver Tour de France Berlinettas produced (out of a total 78 made).
The car was originally delivered in Venezuela where it was raced successfully for several years. During the 1990s, the car was restored to its original appearance although the color scheme was changed from white over black to red over tan. The current two-tone arrangement seems more recent.
Million-Dollar-Plus Cars at Public Auctions in 2019
Thus far in 2019, at least* 135 cars were sold at public auctions for over a million dollars. (*Definitions vary, results include auction premium and charity lots.)
- January 2019 – 25: 2 at Kissimmee (Mecum), 23 at Scottsdale, Arizona (3 Bonhams, 9 Gooding, 6 RM Sotheby’s, 5 Barrett-Jackson).
- February 2019 – 19: 19 at Paris Rétromobile (10 RM Sotheby’s, 6 Artcurial, 3 Bonhams).
- March 2019 – 20: 17 at Amelia Island (9 RM Sotheby’s, 6 Gooding, 2 Bonhams), 1 at Phoenix (Mecum) and 2 at Fort Lauderdale (RM Auctions)
- April 2019 – 4: 3 at Essen (3 RM Sotheby’s) and 1 at Tupelo Museum (1 Bonhams).
- May 2019 – 15: 2 at St Louis (RM Sotheby’s Guyton Collection), 6 at Indianapolis (Mecum), 2 at Aston Martin Works (Bonhams), 5 at Villa Erba (RM Sotheby’s).
- June 2019 – 2: 1 at Paris (Artcurial), 1 at Connecticut (Barrett-Jackson).
- July 2019 – 1: 1 at Goodwood Festival of Speed (Bonhams)
- August 2019 – 49: 49 during Monterey Week (21 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey, 17 at Gooding Pebble Beach, 5 at Bonhams Quail Lodge, 5 at Mecum Monterey, 1 at Russo and Steele Monterey)
In the battle of the auction houses:
The list takes the published results of the following auctions into consideration:
- January 2019: Kissimmee (Mecum), Scottsdale Arizona (Barrett-Jackson, Bonhams, Gooding, RM Sotheby’s, Silver, Worldwide)
- February 2019: Paris Rétromobile Week (RM Sotheby’s, Artcurial, Bonhams)
- March 2019: Amelia Island (Bonhams, Gooding, RM Sotheby’s, Russo and Steele), Phoenix (Mecum), Fort Lauderdale (RM Auctions).
- April 2019: Goodwood Members (Bonhams), Palm Beach (Barrett-Jackson), Houston (Mecum), Essen (RM Sotheby’s), Tupelo Automobile Museum New York (Bonhams).
- May 2019: St Louis (RM Sotheby’s Guyton Collection), Indy (Mecum), Aston Martin Works (Bonhams), Villa Erba (RM Sotheby’s), Auburn Spring (RM Sotheby’s).
- June 2019: Greenwich (Bonhams), Paris (Artcurial), Connecticut (Barrett-Jackson), Chantilly (Bonhams), Portland (Mecum).
- July 2019: Goodwood Festival of Speed (Bonhams), Denver (Mecum), Harrisburg (Mecum).
- August 2019: Monterey Week – Monterey (RM Sotheby’s, Mecum), Pebble Beach (Gooding), Quail Lodge (Bonhams), Auburn (RM Sotheby’s)
The next major classic car auctions include:
- September 2019: Beaulieu (Bonhams), Goodwood Revival (Bonhams), Dallas (Mecum), Louisville (Mecum), Saragga Collection in Portugal (RM Sotheby’s)
- October 2019: Philadelphia Simeone Museum (Bonhams), Zoute (Bonhams), Hershey (RM Sotheby’s), Las Vegas (Mecum), Chicago (Mecum), Las Vegas (Barrett-Jackson)
- November 2019: London to Brighton (Bonhams), London (RM Sotheby’s), Abu Dhabi (RM Sotheby’s)
- December 2019: London (Bonhams), Kansas (Mecum)
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