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The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at North American Auctions in 2014

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/31/2014 Kelly Pleskot

The year 2013 was an incredible success for the collectible car world, but 2014 was even better. Classic cars raked in a staggering $1.3 billion at auction this past year, up from an already impressive $1.2 billion. These stats all come from the classic car value experts at Hagerty, who also ranked exactly which cars brought in the most cash.

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Models that saw the greatest appreciation include the Lamborghini Countach, which skyrocketed 175 percent in value for an average selling price of $736,599. Enthusiasts are also going mad for the Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina, which has increased 63 percent for an average price of $85,687. And many Shelby Cobra fans are now looking for a less expensive alternative in the Sunbeam Tiger, which saw a 61-percent increase in price to $74,983.

But none of these models were among the most expensive cars sold at auctions this year -- not even by a longshot. Take a look at the list below to see the astounding prices people paid at auctions around North America this year.

1962 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe 10) 1962 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe - $6,875,000 (Bonhams)

The Ferrari 250 series, known for being just as capable on the road as on the racetrack, was first built in 1953. In 1960, a short-wheelbase 250 GT went into production, but only 162 copies were ever built.

1965 Ford GT40 Roadster© Provided by MotorTrend 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster 9) 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster - $6,930,000 (RM Auctions)

The GT40 not only became the first and only American car to score an overall Le Mans win, but it also became the first four-time winner in Le Mans history. The GT40, which was available in coupe and rare roadster iterations, was born from a partnership with British race car manufacturer Lola. Five roadsters were built from the first Mk1 generation.

1953 Ferrari 250 Millie Migla Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams© Provided by MotorTrend 1953 Ferrari 250 Millie Migla Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams 8) 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Coupe - $7,260,000 (Bonhams)

The Ferrari 250 MM, which stands for Mille Miglia, made waves back in 1954 thanks to its stellar performance for the day, with 0-60 mph acceleration recorded in the five-second range. Powered by Ferrari's first 3.0-liter V-12 engine Gran Turismo, this coupe paved the way for the 250 Tour de France, 250 SWB, and 250 GTO.

1964 Ford Gt40 Prototype© Provided by MotorTrend 1964 Ford Gt40 Prototype 7) 1964 Ford GT40 Coupe - $7,560,000 (Mecum Auctions)

The GT40 coupe was designed to go up against the best from Le Mans' winningest manufacturer, Ferrari. Even in its prototype version, the car could go past 200 mph. Things only improved when the project was handed to Carroll Shelby and his team, who led the GT40 to its first racing success.

1958 Ferrari 250 Gt Lwb California Spider© Provided by MotorTrend 1958 Ferrari 250 Gt Lwb California Spider 6) 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder - $8,800,000 (RM Auctions)

Only 50 long-wheelbase California Spyders were ever made. This example was the 11th produced, and featured covered headlamps, a 3.0-liter single-overhead-cam V-12, and a four-speed manual transmission. Production of the California Spyder began in 1958 and ended in 1960, with the majority of cars built between 1959 and 1960.

Ferrari GTB 4© Provided by MotorTrend Ferrari GTB 4 5) 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Coupe - $10,175,000 (RM Auctions)

Ferrari first showed this successor to the 250 series at the Paris auto show in 1964. It was powered by a familiar 3.3-liter V-12 engine but was the first road-worthy Ferrari to come with an independent rear suspension as well as a rear-mounted transaxle. After evolving from the GTB, the GTB/4 came with 300 hp in its base trim. This particular example was once owned by Steve McQueen.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM By Scaglietti© Provided by MotorTrend 1964 Ferrari 250 LM By Scaglietti 4) 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Coupe - $11,550,000 (RM Auctions)

The vehicle auctioned was the 19th of 32 copies ever made. This sports car pioneered mid-engine driving for Ferrari, carrying a 3.3-liter V-12 that drove the 250 LM to victory in nine Le Mans races by 1965.

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder© Provided by MotorTrend 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder 3) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spyder - $15,180,000 (Gooding & Company)

Compared to a number of other models on this list, the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Spyder isn't particularly rare. A total of 37 have been made with covered headlights as well as a 3.0-liter V-12 with 240 hp. Perhaps you've seen this car but can't pinpoint where? It is best known for its role in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

1964 Ferrari 275 Gtb C Speciale 16 Front© Provided by MotorTrend 1964 Ferrari 275 Gtb C Speciale 16 Front 2) 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Coupe - $26,400,000 (RM Auctions)

The 275 GTB/C was one of two special variants of the 275 car. The GTB/C was specifically designed for competitions, thanks to its dry sump, more advanced tuning, stronger chassis, and aluminum bodywork. Only 11 copies were ever made, making it a prize on the auction block.

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams© Provided by MotorTrend 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams 1) 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Coupe - $38,115,000 (Bonhams)

Not only is it the best-selling car at auction in North America this year, but the Ferrari 250 GTO also set a world record for the most expensive classic car ever to pass public bidding. Why is it so costly? Yes, it is one of only 39 copies ever made, but it also hasn't graced an auction showroom in decades. In private sales, the GTO has reportedly commanded prices as high as $52 million.

Source: Hagerty

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams© Provided by MotorTrend 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta courtesy of Bonhams
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