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The Top 10 Most Expensive Classic Cars Sold at Auction in 2022

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

Tacking classic car auction results from around the world in 2022 has been a fascinating game. While the headlines focused on the world record breaking Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut, from Monterey to London big sale prices were not in short supply.


Here are the top 10 most expensive classic cars sold at auction in 2022:


1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C - $7,595,000
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C | Source: RM Sotheby's

10. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C - $7,595,000


Auction House: RM Sotheby's

Auction Location: Monterey, United States

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One of 12 produced the 275 GTB/C is an evolution of the standard long nose 275 GTB road car. The GTB/C thin gauge lightweight aluminium coachwork that is so light that should you choose to lean on it, you're likely to dent it. Various weight-saving measures across the car resulting in a 275 GTB/C fully equipped with fluids, spare tire and tool kit weighing 2,452 lb (1,112 kg) and in race trim without spare and tool kit, it can weigh less than 2,350 lb (1,070 kg), a savings of over 150 kg (331 lb) compared to the alloy bodied road cars.


It packs two competition fuel tanks with an engine tuned up to 250 LM specification. Quite the combination.


The price to drive it in anger: $7,595,000.



1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider by Scaglietti - $7,815,000
1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider by Scaglietti | Source: RM Sotheby's

9. 1957 Ferrari 500 TRC Spider by Scaglietti - $7,815,000


Auction House: RM Sotheby's

Auction Location: Monterey, United States

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The 500 TRC was evolved from the Ferrari 500 TR, the C coming from compliance with the FIA's Appendix C regulations.


19 500 TRC's were built and this is the 18th of those 19 cars to be built.


Chassis 0706, sold here, raced 30 times between 1957 and 1963, placing on the podium on 18 occasions. 0706 also raced at 24 hours of Le Mans and 12 hours of Sebring.



1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione | Source: Gooding & Co
1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione | Source: Gooding & Co

8. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione - £7,762,500


Auction House: Gooding & Co

Auction Location: London, England

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75 competizione’s were built and this one was purpose built to race at 24hrs of Le Mans in 1960 where it finished 6th overall. More recently, it has been successfully campaigned at Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival and Tour Auto. With only two private owners since 1984 and a recent restoration in a collaboration between Ferrari Classiche and the McLaren guru's at Lanzante this SWB rightly took top lot at Gooding and Co's London auction this year.