It Takes Top 10 Most Expensive Trailer Auctions in 2022

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Our folks at Bring a Trailer—which, like Car and Driver, is part of Hearst Autos—sells thousands of cars each year. So far this year, they have sold more than 24,000 vehicles on the site. Our staff is happy to peruse the list and select their favorites for the day. This is truly an eclectic collection. Remember that 1974 Bricklin SV-1? What about when our former editor-in-chief Lancia Fulvia shows up for sale? However, instead of holding out in the fierce battle that would inevitably result if we forced editors to vote on their favorite auctions of the year, we decided to round up The 10 most expensive auctions instead.

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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Edition

Sold for: $1,975,000

The spiritual successor to the Carrera GT, the 918 Spyder has been and remains an icon in its own right. This Paint-to-Sample Arena Red was number 743 of the 918 models built. The lightweight carbon Weissach Edition Package is the $84,000 factory option, revising the aerodynamics and adding a significant amount of carbon fiber to the body. With only 1,600 miles on dashboard, the listing attracted some 300 comments before closing for nearly $2 million on sale.


2005 Porsche Carrera GT

Sold for: $2,000,000

Much like Dave Letterman’s next guest, this is a car that needs no introduction. The 250-mile Carrera GT was registered without reserve, and attracted more than 800 comments. In an era when supercars and their manufacturers abandoned manual transmissions, Porsche doubled down. It pairs a howling 5.7-liter V-10 to a six-speed do-it-yourself transmission, allowing you to enjoy the engine up to its 8000-rpm redline. Peak power comes at 5,750 rpm, firing 605 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels.


2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Edition

Sold for: $2,025,000

Number 836 of the 918, this Weissach Edition 918 Spyder answers the question, “How much is 600 miles worth to you?” With only 1,000 miles logged, the car was purchased for a $50,000 premium over the Arena Red version which sold three months later. The 918 makes a combined 887 go-fast-ponies from its 4.6-liter DOHC V-8 and 6.8 kWh battery pack. Power is sent to all four wheels. When the 918 showed up for our annual Lightning Lap test in 2014, it touched the VIR in a lightning-fast 2:43.1, landing it in a sub-2:45 graded hall of cars.


1987 Porsche 959 Comfort

Sold for: $2,120,000

With 10 days to go to auction, this 959 Komfort has doubled the last 959 that appeared on the auction site, a silver example that failed to meet its reserves at $810,000. That car has significantly more mileage, at 24,000, compared to just the 807 in this example. Porsche only built 337 959s over the three years running from 1986-1988. It was never sold in the United States, but luckily some are imported now. The flat-six was a version derived from the 956 and 962 race cars and produced 444 horsepower, with a top speed of 197 mph.

Sold for: $2,440,444

Few cars are as instantly recognizable as the Ferrari F40. One of approximately 1311 examples, this car was delivered new in Rome, Italy, before being sold to a private Japanese museum in 1994. The car remains in Japan until it is bought by a dealer and imported into the US in 2022. Soaked in water, the F40 weighs 2,750 pound, the turbocharged 2.9-liter V-8 produces 471 horsepower. The speedometer clocked out at 360 kph (224 mph), with the tachometer 10,000 rpm redlining at 7800. When the car was first unveiled, Enzo Ferrari expressed his desire to build a car reminiscent of the original 250LM to the journalists in attendance. His wish was granted.


1930 Mercedes-Benz 770K Four-Door Cabriolet by Voll and Ruhrbeck

Sold for: $2,555,555

Commissioned new by King Faisal I of Iraq, this 1930 Mercedes-Benz 770K was one of 117 examples of the W07 built from 1930 to 1938. The chassis was fitted with four-door, three-position cabriolet bodywork by coachbuilders Voll & Ruhrbeck of Berlin. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation purchased the car with the help of Mercedes-Benz in 1967, sending it to the STI Museum. It participated in the USGP’s F1 pre-race vintage car parade from 2002 to 2007. The 7.7-liter supercharged inline eight engine produces 200 horsepower and is mated to a three-speed manual transmission.


1927 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Sport/4

Sold for: $2,800,000

Newly sold in Germany in 1928, this 1927 Mercedes-Benz 680 S Sport/4 is believed to have lived in Argentina before being imported to the US Here, purchased by Howard Kizer, brother of Karl Kizer, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum’s first curator. The museum acquired the car in the early ’70s, and is displaying the car as part of a tour of the Underground Collections. The 6.8 liter inline six-cylinder engine is supercharged to a four-speed manual transmission. At the time of sale, the odometer read roughly 48,000 miles.


1995 Ferrari F50 (European Spec)

Sold for: $3,305,000

When the Ferrari F50 went on sale in the US, the company made provisions to scare off potential buyers planning to sell the car quickly. Customers are given the option of take it or leave it for a two-year lease, with a $240,000 down payment, a $5,600 24-month payment, and a $150,000 final payment, before they are allowed to own the car. Even if $560,640 is no biggie to you, there’s also the matter of not being easy to convince Ferrari that you’re actually worth buying the damn thing. 27 years on, and there’s no need to convince Ferrari of your worthiness, as long as your $3.3 million check clears from the bank.


Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport 2021

Sold for: $3,800,000

Note the “Bugs” and there are some instantly recognizable visual changes to the Pur Sport that set it apart from the “lesser” Chirons. The front air intake is larger, changing the shape of the Chiron’s nose. The horseshoe grill is also large. Then there’s the rear, where Bugatti installed a large diffuser under the larger rear wing. There’s no such thing as an understated Bugatti, but the Pur Sport takes the goofy Chiron even further, creating a rocket ship that’s ridiculously fast and rock hard for the road.


Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta 2017

Sold for: $5,360,000

Unfortunately, Ferrari is a manufacturer that doesn’t like to play in our annual Lightning Lap test, meaning we never had the ability to record any version of the LaFerrari on our VIR tests. When Ferrari gave us the green light to test the LaFerrari, that offer included a warning: Test it at Fiorano, with all its limitations to our normal instrument tests, or don’t test the car at all. What followed was that the LaFerrari reached 150 mph faster than any vehicle we’ve ever tested. A combined 950 horsepower pushes the Ferrari to 60 in 2.5 seconds and through the standing quarter in 9.8. The numbers all represent a standard LaFerrari, but this particular listing is for the rarer open top version of the Aperta. About 200 were made. This comment section is created and maintained by a third party, and imported to this page. You may be able to find more information on their website.

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