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Old 22nd January 2005, 22:19   #1
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[size=2]Carrera GT? Not even close...

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The most expensive car currently on sale in Britain is the Porsche Carrera GT. This ultra-exotic supercar costs £321,093. According to the Halifax Building Society this makes it almost twice as expensive as the average British house, currently yours for £162,086. By almost any standards at all, it is a phenomenally expensive car.

I use the word 'almost' advisedly because for one group of people -super-wealthy car collectors - its price would be a trifling irrelevance. It may be our most expensive car today but stood against the most expensive cars ever sold, its stature is so small and insignificant it would likely be trodden on.

But it's not even close to the highest price paid for a car...

[size=2]McLaren F1? Getting warmer

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There have, of course, also been some splendidly expensive road cars too. Most recently Ferrari's Enzo commanded a new price of £425,000, a level at which it proved so popular Ferrari decided to up production from 349 to 399 units. It's not a car you placed an order for - you waited for the call, hoping you were on Ferrari's list of clients considered sufficiently important to be granted the honour of being offered one. Now we have the Carrera GT, £313,465 McLaren-Mercedes SLR and the king of them all, when sales start at the end of the year, will be the 1001bhp Bugatti Veyron 16.4, priced at a nice, round million Euros, or £702,000 at current rates.

[size=2]Ferrari 250 GTO? Not quite [/size]



But, for now, the most expensive proper production road car ever sold remains the 240mph McLaren F1. It cost £627,000 when new in 1994, can cost over £100,000 for a really thorough service.

It's the same now as it always has been. People want the best and are prepared to pay for it. The McLaren is perceived as the ultimate road car - and just 72 were made. Second-best cars like the Jaguar XJ220 are nowhere by comparison." Indeed. Priced at £403,000 when new in 1992, examples of the 217mph Jaguar now change hands for as little as £100,000.

There have been more expensive road cars, such as Mercedes's £1,000,000 CLK-GTR but unlike the McLaren and Jaguar, these were homologation specials, built specifically to legalise racing cars.

[size=2]Mercedes 300SLR? Well...

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There is no doubts that the most valuable car in the world is the Mercedes 300SLR. It has everything, it's stunningly beautiful, technologically very advanced, all-conquering, incredibly quick and every one is still owned by Mercedes. Not a single car has ever been released from captivity.

How much would it fetch if one were to come to sale today? "It's impossible to put a figure on it. In my view, it is one of just a handful of cars in the world that can genuinely be thought of as priceless.



So if you ever see a Porsche Carrera GT wafting down the street and are tempted to look in envy at its driver, don't bother. In the grand scale of really expensive cars, he's almost certainly not even on the radar screen.

.....Thanks for FourCar for the article!!!
Sorry for the long post... I modified to make it a bit short...
Now plz dont tell me that was boring..PLZ

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www.4car.co.uk

theres an excellent article about the BMW 3 series , most contributions are from the editorial staff of CAR magazine
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hey i had seen on tv that the most expensive car ever sold was a bugatti royale for somewhere around 37 million dollars
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Fellas..listed below are a some of the most expensive supercars.

Model : Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Price : $1 500 000



Model : Mclaren F1
Price : $1 250 000



Model : Dauer 962 LeMans
Price : $1 200 000

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Here is the proper and true list of the costliest supercars:

1. $2 500 000 1994 Schuppan 962CR
2. $1 547 000 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
3. $1 250 000 1995 McLaren F1 LM
4. $1 029 455 1991 Koenig C62
5. $1 000 000 1993 Ferrari 333 SP
6. $1 000 000 1998 Nissan R390 GT1
7. $1 000 000 1996 Porsche 911 GT1
8. $1 000 000 1992 Porsche DP 962
9. $960 165 1990 Jaguar XJR-15
10. $890 000 1997 McLaren F1
11. $863 000 1999 Leblanc Caroline
12. $853 473 1994 Dauer 962 LeMans
13. $805 000 1992 Yamaha OX99-11
14. $800 000 2002 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron
15. $767 600 1987 Ferrari GTO Evoluzione
16. $650 000 2001 Cadillac LMP
17. $645 000 1997 Lotus GT1
18. $595 900 1985 Ferrari Koenig Competition Evolution
19. $575 000 1991 Lotec C1000
20. $500 000 1996 Lamborghini Diablo VTTT
21. $485 000 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i
22. $480 000 1995 Ferrari F50
23. $480 000 1991 Lotec Colani Testa D'Oro
24. $470 000 2001 BMW E46 M3 GTR
25. $415 551 2001 Mercedes-Benz Brabus S V12
26. $415 000 1991 Ferrari F40
27. $400 000 1988 Chevrolet Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette
28. $398 000 1994 Ferrari Hamann F40
29. $380 000 1992 Bugatti EB110 SS
30. $375 000 1990 Porsche Gemballa 911 Mirage
31. $375 000 2000 Saleen S7
32. $350 000 1995 Bentley Continental R
33. $350 000 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT
34. $350 000 1993 Lister Storm
35. $345 000 1993 Jaguar XJ220
36. $341 000 1998 Bentley Continental T
37. $337 000 2000 Bentley Azure Convertible
38. $335 400 1996 Bentley Azure
39. $329 000 2000 Bentley Continental R Mulliner
40. $328 229 1991 Ferrari Koenig F348
41. $325 000 1999 Pagani Zonda C12-S
42. $324 500 1997 Bentley Continental T
43. $310 000 1999 Lamborghini Diablo GTR
44. $309 000 1999 Lamborghini Diablo GT
45. $300 000 1995 Cizeta-Moroder V16T
46. $300 000 2000 Mercedes-Benz Renntech CLK GTX
47. $300 000 1999 Mercedes-Benz Renntech EV12
48. $292 000 1998 Bentley Continental R
49. $286 000 1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT Roadster
50. $283 750 1991 Vector W8
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I don't see the Ferrari 250 GTO in either list.
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I don't see the Ferrari 250 GTO in either list.
Well this list is a post 1980 list and for that matter there are loads of rare classic cars that sell at much higher prices than these!!
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Heres another list of the top 50


1. 1 500 000 USD : 1994 Schuppan 962CR
1994 Schuppan 962CR Forum
5 Threads

2. $1 500 000 USD : 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster
2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster Forum
6 Threads

3. $1 250 000 USD : 1995 McLaren F1 LM
1995 McLaren F1 LM Forum
6 Threads

4. $1 250 000 USD : 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Super Sport
2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Super Sport Forum
3 Threads

5. $1 200 000 USD : 1994 Dauer 962 LeMans
1994 Dauer 962 LeMans Forum
24 Threads

6. $1 029 000 USD : 1991 Koenig C62
1991 Koenig C62 Forum
26 Threads

7. $1 000 000 USD : 1992 DP 962
1992 DP 962 Forum
7 Threads

8. $1 000 000 USD : 1998 Nissan R390 GT1
1998 Nissan R390 GT1 Forum
83 Threads

9. $1 000 000 USD : 1993 Ferrari 333 SP
1993 Ferrari 333 SP Forum
34 Threads

10. $1 000 000 USD : 1996 Porsche 911 GT1
1996 Porsche 911 GT1 Forum
37 Threads

11. $890 000 USD : 1997 McLaren F1

12. $863 000 USD : 1999 Leblanc Caroline

13. $790 000 USD : 2005 Brabus SLR McLaren

14. $785 000 USD : 2004 Ferrari 575GTC

15. $770 000 USD : 2004 Maserati MC12

16. $767 600 USD : 1987 Ferrari GTO Evoluzione

17. $750 000 USD : 2002 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron

18. $741 000 USD : 2005 Pagani Zonda C12 F

19. $670 000 USD : 2002 Ferrari Enzo

20. $660 000 USD : 2005 a.d. Tramontana

21. $650 000 USD : 2001 Cadillac LMP

22. $645 000 USD : 1997 Lotus GT1

23. $575 000 USD : 1991 Lotec C1000

24. $555 000 USD : 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

25. $500 000 USD : 1996 Lamborghini Diablo VTTT

26. $480 000 USD : 1995 Ferrari F50

27. $480 000 USD : 1991 Lotec Colani Testa D'Oro

28. $470 000 USD : 2001 BMW E46 M3 GTR

29. $455 000 USD : 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

30. $440 000 USD : 2003 Porsche Carrera GT

31. $415 551 USD : 2001 Brabus S V12

32. $398 000 USD : 1994 Ferrari Hamann F40

33. $380 000 USD : 1992 Bugatti EB110 SS

34. $375 000 USD : 2003 Picchio DP2

35. $375 000 USD : 1990 Porsche Gemballa 911 Mirage

36. $355 000 USD : 2002 Spyker C8 Double 12 S

37. $350 000 USD : 1995 Bentley Continental R

38. $350 000 USD : 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT

39. $350 000 USD : 2002 Pagani Zonda C12-S

40. $350 000 USD : 2004 Pagani Zonda C12-S Monza

41. $350 000 USD : 1993 Lister Storm

42. $350 000 USD : 2002 Koenigsegg CC 8S

43. $350 000 USD : 2004 Koenigsegg CCR

44. $345 000 USD : 1993 Jaguar XJ220

45. $341 000 USD : 1998 Bentley Continental T

46. $337 000 USD : 2000 Bentley Azure Convertible

47. $335 400 USD : 1996 Bentley Azure

48. $330 000 USD : 2003 Brabus E V12

49. $329 000 USD : 2000 Bentley Continental R Mulliner

50. $328 229 USD : 1991 Koenig F348

Source: Supercars.net
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Stratos...please mention the source of you list
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Heres some detailed information on the most expensive cars ever sold.....

10.
1956 Ferrari 860 Monza -- $2.5 million
In the 1950s, Maserati, Jaguar and Aston Martin were dominating racing events across the world. Ferrari wanted to climb back into the spotlight and it came up with this four-cylinder monster. To this day, Ferrari has never built a four-cylinder engine this powerful.
Juan Manuel Fangio, then the lead racer in Ferrari's stable, chose to drive this particular car, model 0604M (one of only three), at the Sebring event of the World Championship. Aboard one of the greatest Ferraris ever built, he won the race. This very car was auctioned off in August 2003 for $2.5 million.

9.
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider Corsa -- $2.53 million
While the body of this Italian beauty was built by a group of artisans who were proud of their craft, the true magnificence can be witnessed under the hood, where even the engine was made to look good. The 8C 2300 was such a powerful and popular machine in its day that drivers from competing factories would buy them for themselves and race them on their own time.
This particular 2.6-liter took third place at the most prestigious race of 1933 -- the French Grand Prix -- driven by Captain George Eyston, who wasn't affiliated with any racing team at the time. In 1949, the same car won the Bridgehampton, Long Island road race. Famous automobile collector Terry Cohn sold it for $2.53 million in March 2002.

8.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster -- $3.63 million
German engineering has always been in a class of its own, and it was no different with this Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, which could be driven like a sports car when most automobiles were hard to control. The centerpiece of the Berlin Motor Show in 1937, it was admired by Hollywood mogul Jack Warner, who bought it and brought it back with him to America.
What makes this model so special is that on top of being only one of 26 models made, this is one of only six that have the spare tire fully covered. In 1949, a Connecticut veterinarian purchased it and 35 years later, the convertible still had a mere 11,000 miles on the odometer. It went for $3.63 million in January 2002.

7.
1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 -- $4.07 million
In the 1920s, Enzo Ferrari and Vittorio Jano got together at Alfa Romeo and set out to build racecars that could win championships. After some success with the P3 in the early '30s, they returned to Grand Prix racing with their dual supercharged 2.9-liter eight-cylinder engine in 1935 and were again triumphant.
In 1938, a private driver, Piero Dusio, drove this 412012 model to a third-place finish in the Pontedecimo-Giovi hill climb and won the Stelvio race a little later. The car changed hands a number of times before ending up in California in 1989. Restoration was completed in 1992 and it was auctioned at Christie's at Monterey for little over $4 million.

6.
1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe -- $4.4 million
Back in 1963, Ferrari dominated the USRRC (US Road Racing Championship) racing circuit with its 250 GTO. Carroll Shelby wanted his place in the sun and his Cobra Roadster wasn't pulling its weight. The chassis was reworked for better aerodynamics and it was equipped with a Ford V8 289 ci engine. The famous car made its world premiere in Daytona but it wasn't until three weeks later at Sebring that the Cobra showed its potential.
The six manufactured models made it possible for American Racing to win the 1965 manufacturer's title. Following this feat, Ford hired Shelby to race GT40s and the Cobras were retired, being sold for a few thousand dollars. The first model, CXS2287, went through a series of owners -- including music producer Phil Spector -- and ownership was disputed for 30 years. It finally fetched $4.4 million when Dr. Frederick Simeone bought it in 2001.

5.
1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo B -- $5.6 million
Unofficially known as the P3 or Monoposto, the Alfa Romeo Tipo B was conceived for the 1932 GP Formula 1 season and it became the first single-seater vehicle on the tour. The supercharged 2.6-liter engine had eight cylinders. One of the engine's chief assets was the low-speed torque.
The 1932 season was basically dominated by the Alfa Romeo, winning five major races. Only six of those cars were ever built and in 1933 they were entrusted to Ferrari, which then handled the racing part. A rare 1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo B was recently purchased for the affordable price of $5.6 million.

Get revved in a Ferrari worth 6 mil and the most expensive ride ever sold...

4.
1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM -- $6.5 million
In the late 1950s, Ferrari dominated international racing events with its Testarossa series of front-engined sports cars. In 1962, new rules were applied for LeMans, which forced manufacturers to use four-cylinder engines. The 330 TRI/LM became the most powerful Testarossa and also the last.
Model 0808 won the 1962 LeMans event before being sold by Ferrari to another team. After one race in which it was damaged, it was sold to Hisashi Okada, who drove the car in New York City for a decade. Following complete restoration and a stint in a French collection, it resurfaced in an August 2002 auction and was sold for $6.5 million.

3.
1931 Type 41 Bugatti Royale -- $8.7 million
Whereas other manufacturers were interested in performance, Bugatti was all about luxury. Using the finest woods, metals and leathers, it was made to impress and provided comfort for the very rich. A massive car with its 14-foot long chassis, this model weighs 3.5 tons.
Back in a time when cars could be purchased for a few hundred dollars, the Bugatti Royale cost $42,000 and only six were ever built. In 1987, four thousand people gathered at Christie's in London and witnessed this 1931 Type 41 Bugatti Royale being auctioned off. It went for $8.7 million.

2.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO -- $16.6 million
The beauty of the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is that it's a combination of road and racecar. The shape favors aerodynamics while boasting a sexiness that is welcome on the streets. But it's definitely a racecar first and foremost, and requires constant attention, funds and repairs. The engine, which can produce up to 300 horsepower, established Ferrari as the racing champion of the world.
The interior of the 250 GTO is plain; there isn't even carpeting. But with only 40 models made, it's one of the most rare Ferraris in the world. A British garage held on to the one it had acquired cheaply in the '70s and sold it to a Japanese businessman in 1990 for $16.6 million.

And now hold your breadth....

1.
1954 Mercedes W 196 -- $24 million
The holy grail of racing cars, it was introduced at the 1954 French Grand Prix at Reims, and went on to dominate Formula 1 racing for both the 1954 and 1955 seasons. What made the automobile so special was its revolutionary valve system, which utilized positive control without having to resort to springs.
This car was raced by legendary drivers Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss before ending up in a museum in the 1980s. The car was sold for a couple of millions to finance renovations at the museum, and sold again in 1990 to a French industrialist for $24 million. A German businessman is currently the owner; he reportedly paid less then half the amount in the late '90s.

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Stratos...please mention the source of you list
Its a list from a note pad file from my computer and I dont think that source should be put here. btw do keep a note of the sources from which you put your information here.

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The above was something i had recieved as an e-mail...hence did not consider it mentioning it here
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hey have you guys considered the inflation cost as well on the older cars , as i think that would be a true comparison of the most expensive car .


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hey have you guys considered the inflation cost as well on the older cars , as i think that would be a true comparison of the most expensive car .
The McLaren (Which, in my opinion, is THE car. It even shunts out the Merc 300SL) would definitely prove o be the costliest car - EVER. I mean, which other company jets out a Mech. on the next available flight, and in the times when wireless was the New Thing, McLarens could be connected to a cell phone and the problems could be directly uploaded to McLaren Cars!! What tech!!!
It would most certainly cost the most, and would be well worth it.
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