Car collectors and the richest of the rich frequent most car auctions. The most expensive car sold at auction in 2016 was a whopping $35,711,359 at the Artcurial Paris 2016 auction.
Gooding Auction House. The Gooding Auction House had a good year. It was able to sell 5 of the most expensive cars sold at auction for 2016.
Gooding was able to sell 4 cars that made it to the top 10 most expensive cars sold at car auctions for 2016 in Pebble Beach alone. At #4 and #7 were two more Ferraris. A 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione was the third most expensive car sold at public auction. At #7 was a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione.
Gooding was also able to get the #8 and #9 spots with a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza which sold for $11,990,000 and a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster which was sold at $10,400,000, respectively. The Gooding Auction House on Amelia Island got the #5 spot. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for $17,160,000.
RM Sotheby's. The RM Sotheby's Auction House was able to get the #2, #3, #6, and #10 spots for most expensive cars sold at public auction for 2016.
A 1955 Jaguar D-Type was sold at $21,780,000 at #2 while a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring was sold at $19,800,000 at #3. At #6 was a 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra CSX 2000 which sold at $13,750,000 and at #10 was a 1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K Special Roadster by Sindelfingen which sold at$9,900,000.
Artcurial Paris 2016. The Artcurial Paris Auction House was the big winner at $35,711,359. It was able to sell the most expensive car sold at public auction in 2016: a 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport by Scaglietti.
The 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport is the second most expensive car to be sold at public auction. The car is an official Scuderia Ferrari. It finished second in the 1957 Mille Miglia race with Wolfgang von Trips behind the wheel.
The car won Ferrari the 1957 World Championship. It was then sold in the USA. The car's best finish was in 1958 when it won the Cuban Grand Prix in Havana. Afterward, it was in the Bardinon Collection from 1970 before making its way to the Artcurial Paris 2016 Auction.
The 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport was the sixth car to ever sell for more than $20 million. It was also the second car in history to sell for more than $30 million.