A 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta achieved $19,256,750 at the Artcurial Paris Rétromobile sale as the most-expensive car sold at public auction thus far in 2019.
The ten most-expensive cars sold at public auction thus far in 2019 include six Ferraris, two Porsches, an Alfa Romeo and a Serenissima Spider. The top five are a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta, a 1987 Ferrari F40 LM and a 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider.
List of the Top Ten Most-Expensive Cars in 2019 (May)
The 10 highest results achieved for cars sold at public auction thus far in 2019 were:
|Year||Car||Price ($)||Auction House||Auction|
|1||1939||Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta||19,256,750||Artcurial||Paris|
|2||1963||Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta||7,595,000||Gooding||Scottsdale|
|3||1958||Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta||5,890,000||Gooding||Scottsdale|
|4||1987||Ferrari F40 LM||5,568,875||RM Sotheby’s||Paris|
|5||1953||Ferrari 250 MM Spider||5,395,000||Gooding||Scottsdale|
|7||1954||Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider||4,203,320||RM Sotheby’s||Villa Erba|
|8||1957||Porsche 550A Spyder||3,821,713||RM Sotheby’s||Villa Erba|
|9||1956||Porsche 550 RS Spyder by Wendler||3,498,875||RM Sotheby’s||Paris|
|10||1985||Ferrari 288 GTO||3,360,000||RM Sotheby’s||Arizona|
The Ten-Most Expensive Cars of 2019 (January to May)
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.
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 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.
1987 Ferrari F40 LM
The extremely rare 1987 Ferrari F40 LM, chassis 74045, sold for €4.3842,500 ($5,568,875) at the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2019 sale. This was a new model world record and more than $2 million higher than was paid for an F40 LM in 2015.
This F40 was originally used a a prototype car during the development of the F40 but converted by Michelotto in 1992 to LM specification. It was finally raced at the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours race where it finished 12th. It also raced in the BPR Global GT series and is considered the most successful F40 LM racer. It was sold in the Le Mans racing livery of French blue with Pilot sponsoring.
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider
The 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spider, chassis 0348 MM, sold for $5,395,000 at the Gooding Scottsdale 2019 sale. The result was just below pre-sale estimate. This car is one of just 12 Vignale Spiders built on the 250 MM chassis.
The 250 MM Spider was originally delivered to the USA where it was extensively and successfully raced. However, it survived in a very good condition with its original engine, gearbox, chassis and coachwork.
1966 Serenissima Spyder
Arguably the most sensational result among the top cars at Artcurial Paris Rétromobile 2019 was the €4,218,800 paid for the 1966 Serenissima Spyder – more than double upper estimate. The Serenissima Spyder participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1966 as car n°24 with drivers Jean-Claude Sauer and Jean de Mortemart. The car is in exceptionally original condition and has not been touched since the race. The car has only ever had one owner : Count Giovanni Volpi di Misurata.
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider
A 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider sold for €3,717,500 ($4,203,320) as the rop result at the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba 2019 classic car auction. The Ferrari was the 12th of only 13 Pinin Farina spiders produced and one of only five with covered headlights. It was extensively raced by Scuderia Parravano in especially California. It had only three owners in the past six decades. The Ferrari is fully restored and Ferrari Classiche Certified to have its original engine, gearbox and bodywork.
1957 Porsche 550A Spyder
A 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder sold for €3,380,000 ($3,821,713) as the second highest result at the RM Sotheby’s Villa Erba 2019 sale in Italy. It was the second 550 that RM Sotheby’s sold for over €3 million at an auction in Europe in 2019.
The 1957 Porsche 550 A Spyder by Wendler was the 15th of 40 built. It was originally delivered in Denmark where it achieved numeroud victories. It was later also raced in East Africa.
1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder
A 1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder by Wendler sold for a fair €3,042,500 ($3,500,000) – the second highest result at the RM Sotheby’s Paris 2019 sale.
This 1956 Porsche 550 RS Spyder was originally delivered to the Ecurie Nationale Belge racing team and was extensively raced in period by amongst others Gilberte Thirion – she drove the car to victory in the 1956 Course de Côte de la Roche-aux-Faucons hill climb. The 550 RS Spyder went on to contest the 1956 24 Hours of LeMans, 1957 1000 KM of Nürburgring and 13 additional races. It is one of only ten 550s to have ever raced at Le Mans.
1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO sold for a very strong $3,360,000, as the surprised highest result at the RM Sotheby’s Arizona 2019 sale.
This 288 GTO is a US-specifications model with only 2,900 miles on the clock. The Ferrari 288 GTO was built to comply with homologation regulations for the FIA Group B rally but the series was cancelled before the 288 GTO could compete. Only 272 of the Ferrari 288 GTOs were produced – far fewer than of later Ferrari supercars.
Million-Dollar-Plus Cars at Public Auctions in 2019
Thus far in 2019, at least* 83 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).
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)
The next major classic car auctions include:
- June 2019: Portland (Mecum), Northeast (Barrett-Jackson), Chantilly (Bonhams)
- 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)
- 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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