Ferrari 335 S Goes for $36.2 Million at Auction, Becomes World's Most Expensive Car
It feels like every few months, we’re announcing a new world-record set for the price of a single car, and why not? The rich are getting richer, and there are less and less rare sports cars on the market. That combination of supply and demand means there’s no end in sight for car values, like this rare Ferrari which sold at auction last week for a record price. This Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti was one of only four ever made. So it’s rare, but in the classic car world, there are plenty of limited run models– a real record-setter has a racing pedigree, and this car has it in spades. RELATED: This Rare Ferrari is Expected to Sell for $31 Million
In 1957, this car became the first to ever average a track speed of 124 mph at Le Mans, and was capable of hitting a top speed of 186 mph– an incredible speed for the era. So it’s got the low numbers and storied racing past to boot.
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This rare combination is why it crossed the block at the Artcurial auction in Paris this past Friday for the record-setting amount of $36.2 million, exceeding previous estimates on the price (experts suggested it would fetch $31M) and instantly becoming the most expensive car ever sold.
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The car is not street-legal, as it is a purebred racer from a golden era of international motorsport. While it is common for cars of this stature to become museum pieces, we hope its new owner takes it out on a track and lets the storied Ferrari stretch its legs at least one last time.