Top 10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold at Barrett-Jackson Auction

Last month, Mercedes-Benz took the record for most expensive car sold at auction with its 1955 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, which ended up being priced at around $143 million.

The German luxury carmaker is holding a private auction at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

For decades, one-off, low-volume and retro cars have found a second (and sometimes third) life through auction.

Barrett-Jackson is one of the more famous names in space, specializing in collector car auctions since its founding in 1971.

Here’s a list of the 10 most expensive cars sold at auction at Barrett-Jackson.

10. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette No. 57 Rebels – $2.860,000

Race car driver Or Costanzo drives a custom-made Corvette in a race in the 70s.
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One of four lightweight versions of the L88 Corvette, No. The 57 Rebel features a 7.0-liter V8 engine and a four-speed manual transmission that produces over 500 horsepower. The Rebel was ordered by Or Costanzo, a driver for Dave Heinz Racing, where the car ran in several IMSA-approved races in the ’70s.

At the time, GM had banned Chevrolet from racing, so this car was built in secret. After being put on display in museums and taking part in vintage races, this one was sold at auction in 2014.

9. 1948 Tucker Torpedo – $2,915,000

1948 Tucker Torpedo
Upstart engineer Preston Tucker tries to compete with the Big 3 automakers with Torpedoes.
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Otherwise known as the Tucker 48, the Torpedo is a car developed by automotive engineer Preston Tucker, who wanted to build a futuristic car to compete with the Big 3 automakers after World War II.

Despite producing cars that attracted a lot of attention, funding problems and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation put the Tucker Corporation out of business in 1949 with only 51 cars made. This one was sold at auction in 2012.

8. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001 – $3,000,000

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray VIN 001
The mid-engine sports car sold for $3 million.
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The first production mid-engine Corvette to roll off the assembly line, the 2020 model is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. That combination produces 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.

This is a charity auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds from Detroit Children’s Fund profits.

7. 1954 GM Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car – $3,240,000

1954 GM Oldsmobile F-88 Concept Car
The Oldsmobile concept was meant to complement the Corvette’s poor sales at the time.
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In 1954, General Motors designer Bill Lange wanted to develop a sports car under the Oldsmobile brand that could cover the Corvette’s poor sales. It featured a “Rocket V8” engine capable of 250 horsepower.

Only four pre-production models were built, with one surviving. It was auctioned in 2005.

6. 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car – $3,300,000

1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Concept Car
Named after the Bonneville Salt Flats, only two were built as concept cars.
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After watching a speed test at the Bonneville Salt Flats, GM designer Harley Earl thought of the Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car. Only two cars were made, one green and one bronze. They were unveiled simultaneously in Los Angeles and New York, respectively.

The Bonneville Special has gone through the auction process twice, selling for $3,024,000 in 2005 and $3,300,000 in 2015.

5. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 VIN 001 2023 – $3.6 million

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 VIN 001
Proceeds for the 2023 Corvette go to Operation Homefront.
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The new Corvette Z06, in this case the first example of the production line and the 70th Anniversary edition, features a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive.

The total amount of the auction price, or hammer price, goes to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that helps veterans and their families in civic life.

4. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 – $3,850,000

1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88
One of 20 examples of the 1967 Corvette L88.
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Built with a racing focus in mind, only 20 examples of the 1967 Corvette L88 were produced. The car, with its V8 engine and four-speed manual transmission, is expected to produce between 500 and 600 horsepower.

The 1967 L88 was sold at auction in 2014.

3. General Motors Futurliner 1950 – $4.4 million

1950 General Motors Futurliner Tour Bus
The GM Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus will be auctioned.
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Invented and designed by Earl GM, this bus is officially known as the 1950 Futurliner Parade Progress Tour Bus, one of many buses that GM built and used to travel around the country as a complement to the annual Motorama event.

Each built weighs about 30,000 pounds and has a theme. The theme of this one is “March of Tools.” The bus was auctioned twice, once in 2015 for $4 million and again the following year for $4.4 million.

2. Batmobile #1 – $4,620,000

#1 Batmobile
Custom automaker George Barris turned Lincoln’s concept car into a Batman ride.
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Using the body of a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car, the original Batmobile was built for use in the Batman TV show that aired on ABC from 1966 to 1968 by custom car maker George Barris.

The other three cars were built for promotional purposes. After the show ended, Barris kept the car in his shop until it was auctioned off in 2013.

1. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake – $5,500,000

1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake
Super Snake had commanded high hammer prices at several auctions.
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Reportedly the last American Shelby-made “Super Snake” in existence, this Cobra features twin supercharged V8 engines and a three-speed automatic transmission. It was originally specified as a factory competition model 427 before being upgraded to the Super Snake in 1967.

Super Snake has gone through Barrett-Jackson auction three times, selling for $5.5 million in 2007, $5,115,000 in 2015 and $5.5 million in 2021.

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