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1970 Porsche 911S

What you see in this photo is a 1970 Porsche 911S that was used for the opening sequence of the 1971 epic movie Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen. The car is now officially the most expensive 911 sold at an auction, managing to grab a whopping $1.37 million last weekend at the RM Auction sale in Monterey.

The car wasn’t used only for the movie, but it was driven by Steve McQueen himself during the period when the movie was in production and later on it became part of his impressive car collection. The famous actor died in 1980 when he was only 50 years old.

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster

There was more than just one star at the auction as this exquisite Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Roadster (even the name is great) was sold for $9.68 million, yep, you’ve heard it right, almost $10 million, which is a record for a Mercedes sold at an auction.

1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa

But wait, there’s more. An equally beautiful Ferrari Testa Rossa from 1957 was sold for $16.39 million, a new world record which makes it the most expensive car in the world. There was another Ferrari auctioned, a 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione from 1960 that fetched $5.28 million.

The highest price ever for an electric car that was sold at an auction belongs to the Columbia Electric Landaulet from 1899, a car that was sold for more than double its pre-sale estimate, grabbing $550,000.

In the end, here are a few price tags of some of the cars that were auctioned last weekend:

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Roadster – $3,767,500 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Berlinetta – $3,685,000 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Coupe – $3,080,000 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Sport Cabriolet A – $2,970,000 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spyder – $2,530,000 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Coupe – $2,090,000 1953 Ferrari 375 America Coupe – $1,980,000 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta – $ 1,485,000 1970 Porsche 911S Steve McQueen Le Mans Movie Car – $1,375,000 1958 BMW 507 Roadster – $1,072,500 1924 Mercedes-Benz 28/95 Sport Phaeton – $1,017,500

1934 Duesenberg Model J Riviera Phaeton – $990,000

Source: Inside Line, Sports Car Digest

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1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Prototype

The car you see in this photo is a beautiful 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype which will be auctioned at this year’s edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance by Gooding & Company. It was based on the 290MM and made its racing debut at the Nurburgring 1000km race where it managed to finish in 10th place. It also participated at the Venezuelan Grand Prix as well as at the 1000km race of Buenos Aries. After that, the restoration process began and the end result is just exquisite as you can see for yourselves.

The company that is going to auction this superb prototype did not offer any estimations regarding how much money it will fetch, but they said that if there is going to be a buyer, they bet that this is going to be “the most valuable car ever sold at auction in the world.”

Source: Gooding & Company via WCF

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1931 Brough Superior SS80

This exquisite 1931 Brough Superior motorcycle that at one point was owned by famous actor Steve McQueen as well as custom-car artist Von Dutch will be auctioned on August 20 at the Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach event, along with a Chassis 3, which is the oldest surviving Bentley in the world.

1921 Bentley 3 Litre

The auction house says that the 1921 Bentley 3 Litre is the very first car that was manufactured by the British automaker and its estimate is available upon request. McQueen’s motorcycle was made famous by T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) who was an officer during World War I. The actor shared the motorcycle with his buddy, Von Dutch. The 1931 Brough Superior SS80 is going to be sold with a letter of authenticity which was written by Chad McQueen, Steve’s son.

At the auction, the motorcycle is expected to fetch more than $200,000.

Source: Inside Line

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1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K

This August, RM Auctions will list an exquisite 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K during an auction organized in Monterey, California. The organizers expect that this model will break the world record auction price for a Mercedes-Benz.

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K

Back in October 2007, a similar model from the same year, which belonged to F1’s boss Bernie Ecclestone, managed to fetch a whopping $8,252,201. The German automaker made only 406 units of this 540K model, during 1936 and 1939. When it was new, the price tag for this beauty was approximately $12,000. RM Auction says that in the present there are only three examples left.

If I were to guess, this Mercedes-Benz 540K from 1937 will fetch more than $10,000,000 when it will be auctioned. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: RM Auctions via Inside Line

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