News-Antique.com - Jan 09,2012 - 10) 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé - $4,036,350
Described as one of “the most beautiful automobiles ever conceived”, this Talbot-Lago T150-C SS Teardrop Coupé was a triple-winner at Pebble Beach in 2009 and was awarded Best of Show at Meadow Brook in 2010.
It sold at the RM Auctions Villa d'Este sale in Italy in May 2011 for a price of €3,136,000 ($4,036,350).
9) 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Coupe - $4,290,000
This stunning Ferrari was the most successful of the 1952 Panamericana Ferrari team cars, and has an exceptional history and provenance. Beautifully preserved and still retaining its original engine, the car sold at the RM Auctions Amelia Island sale in March 2011 for a price of $4,290,000.
8) 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta - $4,324,660
One of just ten 375 MM Berlinettas ever built, this matching-numbers automobile had been perfectly restored by its owner and documented by the renowned historian Marcel Massini.
It was offered at the RM Auctions Villa d'Este sale in May 2011, where is brought an impressive €3,360,000 ($4,324,660).
7) 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout - $4,620,000
Not only is this car the oldest on the list, it’s the oldest working car in the world! The De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout was built in 1884, and has been described as "one of the most important motor cars in the world".
It sold at the RM Auctions Hershey Lodge event in Pennsylvania in October 2011 for a World record price of $4.62 million, making it the most expensive antique automobile ever sold.
6) 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster - $4,620,000, August
Only 25 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadsters were ever built – and two of them were sold at the RM Auctions Monterey sale in August 2011.
The first on our list is this black 1939 example, formerly of the celebrated Lyon Collection. It exceeded its estimate to sell for a price of $4,620,000.
5) 1927 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sportwagen - $5,040,000
This 1927 Mercedes-Benz was one of an incredible 14 cars to fetch over $1 million at the Gooding & Co Pebble Beach auction in August 2011.
This superb automobile brought the third-highest price of the event, selling for a record price of $5,040,000.
4) 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione - $5,280,000, August
The subject of a full “restoration to original” by the Ferrari Classiche factory, this dual-purpose 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione was sold from the renowned Skip Barber Collection.
It sold at the extraordinary RM Auctions Monterey sale in August 2011, where it smashed its estimate to bring $5,280,000.
3) 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster - $9,680,000
The second Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster to appear on the list, a silver 1937 model with coachwork by Sindelfingen was described as “automotive artwork at its finest”.
Owned and restored by two of the world’s most renowned collectors, the multi award-winning car sold at the RM Auctions Monterey sale in August 2011