Whether be it in an auto magazine, a movie, a video game or in reality, one of the most mesmerizing of all luxury cars, Ferrari, has for a long time been capturing hearts across the globe. Owning an expensive Ferrari is the dream of every man and woman alike. While featuring some of the most breakthrough technologies in the field of automobile technology, Ferraris also bring to the table not only drop dead gorgeous looks, but also an unmatched style statement. It is perhaps one of the handful of auto marquees that no matter whether it be a vintage model or the latest one, has always had a profound impact, along with unparalleled exclusivity.
The signature red color, high performance engineering under the hood and a chassis design with intense panache, a Ferrari sports car is without a doubt the epitome of bespoke luxury and opulence. With massive price tags, the four wheeled beauties proudly sporting the famous ‘Prancing Horse’ are the object of admiration and awe across the globe. Paying our respects to this iconic name in the field of luxury cars, here at World Most Expensive, we present our readers with the 20 Most Expensive Ferraris.
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1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Seller: Eric Heerema
Price: $35 Million
Dubbed as the world’s most expensive Ferrari, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO made headlines in the month of June in 2012, when this luxury vintage Ferrari was sold for a whopping $35 million. Previously owned by Dutch-born businessman Eric Heerema of Southern England, the 250 GTO was purchased by none other than Craig McCaw, who made fortune of $11.5 billion when he sold McCaw Cellular to AT&T in the year 1993. This particular 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is one of the only 39 examples that were produced between 1962 and 1964 and carries a stellar history to match. The most expensive Ferrari carries a soothing apple green paintjob and was designed specifically for the British racing legend, Sir Stirling Craufurd Moss. Powered by a Type 168 Comp 62 60º V12 engine, the 250 GTO produced a remarkable 300 bhp and along with a five speed manual transmission, managed to achieve a top speed of 280 km/h. This extremely elegant luxury sports car with state of the automobile technology was more than capable of making a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.
2. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
Price: $18 Million
One of the rarest of all Ferrari supercars, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO has now been crowned the title of the world’s most expensive Ferrari, since its sale last year that fetched a mind boggling $18 million. This gorgeous piece of automobile history was sold in a private sale and the 250 GT0 was snapped up by British radio host Chris Evans. This 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO with chassis no. 4675 GT is said to be one of thirty six 250 GTOs that were produced by Ferrari is known be quite rare with its unique Series II GTO bodywork. The Ferrari 250 GTO has had a glorious racing career, thanks to the 3.0 L V12 engine that powers this magnificent Ferrari vintage sports car, while delivering and impressive 300 hp. With the inclusion of a five speed manual transmission, the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO was capable completing a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, while reaching a top speed of 174 mph. This particular Ferrari 250 GTO was driven by some of the most celebrated names in auto racing such as, Guido Fossati, Jean Guichet, Oddone Sigala, Vincenzo Nember and Luigi Taramazzo.
3. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Two years ago, a rare 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa made headlines across the auto world as it became one of the most expensive Ferrari, after it was auctioned off be the renowned auction house, RM Auctions. This particular expensive Ferrari with the chassis no. 0714TR was claimed by an anonymous buyer who placed his bid via telephone and got himself this exquisite specimen of Ferrari history. The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold for a mammoth price tag of $12 million at the ‘Ferrari Leggenda e Passione’ event in Maranello, Italy. Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was powered by a Tipo 128LM V12 engine and this magnificent expensive Ferrari was given a four speed manual transmission that propelled it from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds, while achieving a top speed of 161 mph. The 250 Testa Rossa with chassis no. 0714TR is considered to be one of the most competitive Ferrari cars of all time and the vehicle is said to have participated extensively in racing events from 1958 to 1961 in both North America, as well as South America. One of the biggest accomplishments for this vintage Ferrari was attaining the fourth place at the Buenos Aires 1000km in 1958.
4. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder
Seller: RM Auctions
Price: $10.9 Million
One of the biggest Ferrari enthusiasts, widely popular British radio host Chris Evans yet again made headlines, when this affluent vintage car aficionado went home with a legendary 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. Sold at the ‘Ferrari Leggenda e Passione’ in Maranello, Italy and organized by RM Auctions, the California Spyder fetched mind boggling $10.9 million. This expensive Ferrari, carrying the chassis no. 2377 GT is one of the most celebrated of all vintage Ferrari vehicle and was the very first Ferrari models to have been incorporated with disc brakes. The 250 GT SWB was powered by a Type 168 V12 engine producing an output of 250 hp. Along with a four speed manual transmission, the California Spyder achieved a top speed of 145 mph, while making a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds. Only 55 models of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder were ever produced and the one purchased by Mr. Evans is known to be the 13th Spyder of the series, previously owned by James Coburn and features gorgeous nero black paintjob.
5. 1958 Ferrari 412 S
Price: $5.61 Million
Introduced in the year 1958 at the Watkins Glen International race even, the 1958 Ferrari 412 S is by far one of the finest race cars ever built. This gorgeous expensive Ferrari was designed especially for American SCCA racing and the vehicle made its debut at the Watkins Glen International event in the year 1958. The 1958 Ferrari 412 S was powered by a Type 141, Twin Spark V12 engine which delivered 447 bhp of power, thereby providing the 412 S with a top speed of 181 mph. The engine was further customized to enable this historic race to compete with major power racers such as Scarabs etc. during the SCCA racing event. This particular 1958 Ferrari 412 S was commissioned by John von Neumann and the vintage race car was developed using chassis no. 0744. This Ferrari was recently sold at an auction hosted by RM Auctions for $5.61 million.
6. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione
Another Ferrari legend, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione took the world by storm earlier this year, when this magnificent piece of auto history goes auctioned off for a staggering $5.28 million. This extremely expensive Ferrari was made available by RM Auction during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event. The 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione was introduced at the 1959 Paris Salon and was classified primarily as competition car. The Berlinetta Competizione was powered by a Tipo 168B V12 engine that delivered a respectable 275hp of power. It was given a Ferrari four speed manual transmission and the 250 GT SWB carried an aluminum shell that was cast over a steel tube chassis. The $5 million 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione was claimed from the personal collection of Skip Barber Collection and the car has to its credit a third position on the podium at 1000 kms of Montlhéry, which the vehicle participated in the year 1960. Furthermore, the 250 GT SWB had undergone an official restoration at Ferrari’s factory in Maranello, Italy and attesting to the car’s authenticity is a “Certificato Di Authenticia” issued by Ferrari itself.
7. Ferrari P4/5 Competizione
Price: $5 Million
Designed and developed under the visionary supervision of renowned film director, James Glickenhaus, the Ferrari P4/5 Competizione is one of the most enthralling of all Ferrari supercars. Derived from its predecessor, Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina, which is essentially a completely modified variant of Ferrari Enzo, the P4/5 Competizione has been designed exclusively for race tracks. The Competizione has been modeled on the ravishing Ferrari 430 Scuderia, while sporting a custom-built Ferrari F136 DOHC V8 engine that will deliver a respectable 483 hp. Featuring a complete carbon fiber body, the exteriors of this expensive Ferrari come with air intakes on the hood, doors and rear of the car and the vehicle has been designed to be extremely aerodynamic. The entire privately funded projects carries a mind blowing price of $5 million and the car eventually debuted at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring event earlier this year.
8. Ferrari SP12 EC
Price: $4.7 Million
Italian luxury supercar giant Ferrari, besides being world renowned for its high performance sports cars is also widely acclaimed for legendary bespoke exclusivity with its numerous one-off models. Now, the globally acclaimed musician Eric Clapton has become the proud owner of a brand new Ferrari supercar called, Ferrari SP12 EC. This breathtaking example has been exclusive designed and developed for Mr. Clapton and carries a mind blowing price tag of $4.7 million. The SP12 EC is based on the famed 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia and is heavily inspired from the iconic 1980 Ferrari 512 BB. Developed as part of Ferrari’s ultra-exclusive One-Off Programme, the SP12 EC is said to be powered by a 4.5 liter engine and sports stunning new body panels that give a never before experienced luster to this expensive custom Ferrari. Eric Clapton, who is widely accepted as one of the most successful guitar players already owns three Ferrari 512 BB sport cars and the musician is said to have been deeply involved throughout the design and development of the new Ferrari SP12 EC. This exceptional piece of Ferrari design and engineering has been crafted as a tribute to the long standing illustrious career of Eric Clapton, as well as paying homage to the artist’s relationship with Ferrari.
9. Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina
With their bespoke exclusivity and exorbitant price tags, only the rich are able fulfill the dream of owning a Ferrari. Then there are those, who after owning a Ferrari take it one step further, by customizing it to the very last detail. Such is the case with the stunningly gorgeous Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina. Owned by stock exchange magnate James Glickenhaus, the P4/5 used to be a stock Ferrari Enzo, which was then taken to highly acclaim automobile designer, Pininfarina for customization. The exteriors of the Enzo were completely redesigned to make way for the Ferrari P4/5. On the outside, this expensive Ferrari features an all carbon fiber reinforced plastic bodywork, much more aerodynamically streamlined and the P4/5 borrows its design elements from numerous previous Ferrari models. Powered by a Type F140 Aluminum V12 engine, delivering a mind blowing 660hpm, Ferrari P4/5 can achieve a top speed of 225mph and with a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission, this fabulous car can cover 0 to 60mph in just 3.5 seconds. On the inside, the P4/5 is a masterpiece of opulent luxury and state of the art electronics. There is present an Apple iPod Nano stereo system along with an integrated tablet that supports satellite navigation. Also, the seats of Ferrari P4/5 are custom designed, while the entire redesign and customization project came to a total of a whopping $4 million on top of the price paid for the original Ferrari Enzo.
10. Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione
Strictly a race track only car, the Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione is the successor to the widely popular Ferrari 599 and is considered to be the best ever GT racer to have been developed by Ferrari. The 599XX Evoluzione is powered by a 6.0 L Tipo F140C V12 engine delivering 750 hp at 7200 rpm. Furthermore, with the inclusion of a six speed sequential transmission, this Ferrari supercar is capable of reaching a top speed of 196 mph, while attaining an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione has been incorporated with a state of the art active rear wing for enhanced aerodynamics, while navigating corners. This magnificent supercar will be introduced to the current Ferrari customers, who will be invited to participate in various Ferrari organized track events. The Ferrari 599XX Evoluzione is one of the most expensive Ferraris, with price tag of nearly $2 million.
11. Fahrradi Farfall FFX
Manufacturer: Hannes Langeder
Price: $1.92 Million
Making its way into the elite list of the most expensive Ferrari, this latest entry isn’t exactly the conventional high performance Ferrari supercar, but is hailed as the most expensive bicycle. We are talking about the all new Fahrradi Farfall FFX, a bicycle that has been designed and developed by Austrian artist Hannes Langeder and looks more like the replica of the race-track going Ferrari FXX. However, the FFX doesn’t incorporate any gasoline guzzling engines nor Formula One technology. Instead, this masterpieces is driven by the power of your feet, while attaining a top speed of 10 mph. the Farfall FFX is powered by eleven state of the gears and the luxury Ferrari bicycle can occupy two individuals, where in both are required to pedal for propulsion. The Farfall FXX weighs an astounding 100 kg and is comprised entirely of lightweight plastic tubed body, while there is also use of steel for the construction of the chassis. The Fahrradi Farfall FFX has already been proven road legal in Austria, thanks to 200 dazzling ultra-bright LED lights and this luxury bicycle carries a price tag of a whopping $1.92 million.
12. Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano China Limited Edition
In an effort to bring Ferrari into one of the leading luxury markets, China, the Italian sports cars behemoth collaborated with renowned Chinese artisan Lu Hao and launched the stunning Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano China Limited Edition. Two years ago, in a n exclusive Ferrari auction event in Beijing, the GTB Fiorano China Limited Edition was sold for a whopping price tag of $1.2 million. This expensive Ferrari is powered by a V12 engine that produces a specific power output of 103 CV/liter, taking this fascinating Ferrari sports car to a maximum speed of 300 km/h. With the inclusion of a state of the art F1-Super transmission system, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano China Limited Edition is capable of making a sprint of 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds, while also sporting an F1 grade traction control system. The 599 GTB Fiorano China Limited Edition auctioned two years ago was especially designed as a one off model, featuring traditional pottery designs, dating back to Song Dynasty Ge Kiln. Furthermore, Ferrari even offers an addition HGTE package for the 599 GTB Fiorano China Limited Edition, where in the sports car is given new calibration settings, magnetorheological shock absorbers and a rear anti-roll bar.
13. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berniletta
Price: $1.2 Million
Ushering a fascinating glimpse into the illustrious pat of the luxury supercar manufacturer, Ferrari, is the extremely rare 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Berniletta that has now become one of the most expensive Ferraris. This expensive vintage Ferrari was sold at the prestigious Greenwich Concours d’Elegance: Collectors’ Motorcars and Automobilia event organized by the renowned auction house, Bonhams and fetched a staggering $1.2 million. The 275 GTB/6C Berniletta features exclusive coachwork from Pininfarina and the sale itself is now said to have set New England auction record. The 275 GTB was powered by a 3.3 liter 60° V12 engine that was tethered to a five-speed manual gearbox. Producing an astounding 300 bhp, the 275 GTB/6C was more than capable of achieving a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. This particular 275 GTB/6C Berniletta carries the chassis no. 07871 and is known to be the highlight of the New England auction event.
14. 2011 Ferrari Enzo
Widely considered by many as the ultimate modern Ferrari, the glorious Ferrari Enzo is all set to get a gorgeous new successor in the form of the all-new 2011 Ferrari Enzo. Designed as a tribute to the founder of Ferrari S.p.A, Enzo Ferrari, the original Enzo was a marvel of auto engineering of its time, with Formula One technology and an all carbon fiber body. The new 2011 Ferrari Enzo, which will also be one of the most expensive Ferrari will bring significant weight reduction as well as cutting edge aerodynamics for extreme performance. The 2011 Ferrari Enzo is expected to be powered by a mid-mounted V8 engine that will deliver a power output of more than 700 horsepower and the production of this supercar will be in a limited format. The 2011 Ferrari Enzo with its illustrative heritage and improved specifications is believed to be launched with a price tag of $1 million.
15. Ferrari 458 Italia China Limited Edition
Seller: Ferrari S.p.A
Italian supercar behemoth, Ferrari S.p.A has now announced the availability of the all new Ferrari 458 Italia China Limited Edition. Considered to be one of the most expensive Ferraris, the 458 Italia China Limited Edition has been introduced to mark the luxury marque’s 20th anniversary in Chinese markets, as well as the auspicious Chinese ‘Year of the Dragon. At $880,000 a pop, Ferrari has stated that only 20 examples of the 458 Italia China Limited Edition will be produced. The gorgeous Ferrari 458 Italia China Limited Edition features a gorgeous ‘Monaco Polo Red’ paintjob that is accentuated with the presence of gold-painted stripes on the door, gold painted alloy wheels, yellow-gold racing stripes and custom stitched upholstery. Furthermore, there is also present gold emblazoned characters in the interior of the vehicle, while the hood of the luxury supercar sports a yellow painted dragon, signifying the Year of the Dragon
16. 2011 Ferrari 458 Spider
Unveiled earlier this year at the prestigious 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 2011 Ferrari 458 Spider is the latest offering from the Italia sports car behemoth and this expensive Ferrari will be succeeding the popular Ferrari 458 Italia. The idea behind the spider was to provide the customers with the thrills of driving a Ferrari convertible, while experiencing the fun of a high performance sports car. The 458 Spider, besides its other attributes, sports a fully retractable hard top, which is considered to be the world’s first for car carrying such a race design. Ferrari has provided the 458 Spider with a naturally-aspirated, direct-injection 4.5 liter V8 engine that produces an astounding 570 hp, thus bringing the top speed of the sports car to 199 mph. Furthermore, with the inclusion of a cutting edge Dual-clutch 7-speed F1 transmission, the 458 Spider is more than capable of achieving an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. Ferrari has launched the fascinating 2011 Ferrari 458 Spider in the U.S market, with a price tag of $257,000
17. 2010 Ferrari Italia 458
Foregoing the traditional design parameters, Ferrari came out with an all-new sports car last year, in the form of 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia. This expensive Ferrari car has been introduced as a successor to the widely famous Ferrari 430 and has been incorporated with the latest technologies, including elements from Formula One. The 458 Italia has been designed by Pininfarina and features an enhanced focus on aerodynamics, wherein the car sports a front grill with aerolastic winglets. Furthermore, to ensure maximum performance, the interiros of this fabulous Ferrari sports car were designed taking into account inputs given by the legendary F1 driver, Michael Schumacher. The 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia is powered by a 4.5-liter V-8 engine, producing 562 horsepower, more than sufficient to take the Italia to a maximum speed of 202 mph. The V8 engne is fully complemented by a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission system that enables the 458 Italia to make a sprint of 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. The fascinating 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia carries a price tag of a staggering $225,000.
18. Ferrari F430 Spider F1
Seller: eBay U.K
As we embrace technology in our day to day lives, it has come to pass that automobile enthusiast are now buying their favorite cars off the Internet. This is exactly what happed in September this year, when a stunning Ferraro F430 Spider F1 was sold for $110,055, not through an auction or a dealer, but through eBay U.K. This unique sale has not only put the F430 Spider F1 in the list of most expensive Ferrari, but also bestowed it with the title of the most expensive item to be sold on eBay. The Ferrari F430 Spidr F1 is powered by a 4.3 liter V8 engine that delivers 483 hp of power output. With the inclusion of a Formula 1 manual transmission system, the Spider F1 is capable of achieving a top speed of 193 mph, while making sprint of 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds. This fabulous Ferrari sports car is a convertible that features a fully automatic electric hood and to showcase the power of the Spider F1, the car’s engine is set below a glass cover, always visible and inspiring awe among all those who get to see it.
19. 2009 Ferrari Superfast Aperta P540
Price: Custom Built
Commissioned in the year 2008 by Edward Watson, the 2009 Ferrari Superfast Aperta P540 is a one-off Ferrari two seat convertible that has taken its inspiration from a Carrozzeria Fantuzzi-designed Ferrari that was showcased in the 1968 film, Toby Dammot. Considered to be one of the most expensive Ferrari in the world, the Aperta P540 is a result of Ferrari’s Special Projects program that has been put into place for custom creation of Ferrari cars on request of discerning clients. This expensive Ferrari is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine taken from a Ferrari 599 GTB that delivers an astounding 611-horsepower, along with a Ferrari 6-speed semi-automatic ‘F1′ transmission. The Ferrari Superfast Aperta P540 is a street legal sports car and has been designed by Pininfarina, featuring extensive carbon fiber bodywork.
20. 2011 Ferrari Superamerica 45
Price: Custom Built
Another customer designed marvel from the production lines of Ferrari, the all new breathtaking 2011 Superamerica 45 is a convertible sports car that has been designed and developed especially for collector Peter Kalikow. The Superamerica 45 has borrowed its design inspiration from the legendary Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano and is another example of remarkable engineering and awe inspiring designs from Ferrari’s ‘Special Projects’ division. The 2011 Ferrari Superamerica 45 is powered by a Tipo F133F V-12 engine delivering an astounding 661 hp of power output. The Tipo engine has been mated with a Formula One six speed transmission and this expensive Ferrari also features bespoke exterior as well as interior design elements. On the outside, the Superamerica 45 enthralls its owner with chromed front grille along with A-pillars and wing mirrors that are crafted from special brushed aluminum. The 2011 Ferrari Superamerica 45 features a dazzling Blu Antille paintjob. The interiros of this fabulous Ferrari are adorned in Cuoio leather trim and Blu Scuro carbon fiber, while also featuring a cutting edge touch-screen infotainment system.
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