A racing 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti set the record for the most expensive car ever fetched at an auction, being bought for no less than 35.7 million dollars.
When it comes to auctioned cars, Ferraris are by far the most desirable ones, especially the iconic racing models. Wealthy enthusiasts are ready to spend whatever it takes to grab their dream car and complete their collection. This is exactly what happened at an auction in Paris on Friday. Following a tense bidding battle lasting eleven minutes, a buyer succeeded in winning a unique 1957 Ferrari 335 S Scaglietti, from the Pierre Bardinon Collection, for 32,075,200 euros or 24,693,782 pounds or 35,711,359 dollars, including premium. The car, sold by the Artcurial Motorcars Retromobile auctioneer, became the most expensive car ever to be grabbed at auction, at least in terms of euros and British pounds. In 2014, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta sold for 38.1 million dollars including fees at a Bonhams auction, translating to 28.5 million euros at that time. Therefore, due to changes in currency values, these two models are actually disputing the crown of the most expensive car ever sold.
Some of the most famous drivers of the time raced the 335 S Scaglietti, including Sir Stirling Moss who took victory of the Cuba Grand Prix in 1958 at the wheel of this motoring racing icon. One year earlier, the Italian manufacturer won the Constructors’ World Championship and also grabbed the second place in the 1957 Mille Miglia.