Previously, the most expensive car ever sold at auction was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which went to its new owner for $38 million. However the title for world’s most valuable motorcar was given away to a 1957 Ferrari 335 S this past weekend, but it depends on how you look at it.
When the 1962 250 GTO was auctioned off, its $38 million price tag was equivalent to €28 million based on 2014 exchange rates. That makes it less valuable than the 335 S, which sold for €32 million, even though the value of the 335S is today equivalent to only $35 million. So depending on where you live, the 335S is worth either $3 million less than the 250 GTO, or €4 million more.
Autoblog points out that you could use the British Pound as neutral ground for gauging the true value of the two cars, however the exchange again land you back at square one. The 335 S sold for the equivalent of £24.7 million based on today’s exchange rates, more than the £22.8 million the 250 GTO would be worth at the time, but less than the £26.5 million it’s valued at today.
The true winners of this value-off are the owners of both of these cars, as they are likely to appreciate even further in coming years. That’s not to say that another super-valuable Ferrari won’t come along and take the world’s most valuable car crown, though.