Can You Identify The World's Most Expensive Cars From A Photo?

Robin Tyler

Image: RM Sotheby's via Youtube/Brian Snelson via Wiki Commons/TheTFJJ via Youtube/Jaguar via Youtube

About This Quiz

During our lifetimes, most of us will only get to drive an average car. One that we can afford to pay for, that is reliable and that costs as little as possible to keep on the road.

There are those people in life who not only have the same love of cars that we might have, but have the financial backing to be able to hunt down those classics, or even modern cars, and add them to their collection.

These cars are not only found on the showroom floor but many, because they are classics from a bygone era, change hands during special auto auctions. 

And they cost millions!

So in this quiz, we want to test your knowledge about some of the most expensive cars in the world. Almost all of them have changed ownership at auctions. while many of them have interesting backstories in terms of ownership or even some racing pedigree. 

Some are easier to identify than others, thanks to the fact that they are more modern. Others date back to the classic age of motoring, the 1930s, the '40s and '50s.

So put on your thinking cap or perhaps your racing helmet. One image is all you will see to base your answer on.

Good luck!


What expensive car is shown in this image?

The most expensive veteran car ever sold at auction, a Rolls-Royce 10 hp two-seater sold for $7.2 million at auction in 2007. Produced between 1904 and 1906, only 16 were ever made.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

The first generation of the GT40 won the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for four straight years from 1966 to 1969 which included filling out the top three positions in 1966. Only 105 were produced. One was recently sold for $11 million at auction.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

A Shelby Cobra that comes up for auction usually costs its new owner a pretty penny, and the Daytona Cobra Coupe model is no different. In 2009, one sold for $7.6 million.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

McLaren's first road-going supercar, the F1 was something to behold when first released in 1992. A 1995 model, with only a one-owner history, sold for $15.6 million in 2017 in the United States.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

This classic F1 racer was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss in the 1954 and 1955 season, winning 9 out of 12 races. In 2013, an example of this thoroughbred sold for $29 million.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

This distinctive '50s British classic saw less than 80 models produced, of which just a little of 50 were for customers. In 2016, a Jaguar D-Type sold for $21 million in California.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

A true classic from the '50s, the 300 SL started life as a racing car in 1952 but soon became a production car in 1954 as a two-door coupe. The 300 SL became instantly recognizable thanks to its gullwing doors. Just over 3,200 of the coupe and roadster were built up until 1963. These vehicles are snapped up at auction whenever they are available, including one in 2012 for $4.620 million.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

This racing sports car was produced by Porsche from 1953 to 1956. The 1.5-liter Type 547 engine produced 108 brake horsepower. Another popular car at auction time, a 550 sold as recently as 2016 for $5.4 million.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

In 2012, a Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans Sports 'Bobtail' sold for $6.449 million at an auction in California. These cars set a number of records in the early '30s which just add to their attraction.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

The most expensive car at auction is a Ferrari GTO, sold in California in 2014 for $38 million. It then changed hands a year later for $52 million in a private deal to an unnamed buyer. This GTO was the personal property of the legendary Stirling Moss.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

In 2017, a rare Aston Martin DBR1 sold for $22.5 million in California. The DBR1 is one of only three cars to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Sports Car Championship in the 1950s.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Another expensive Ferrari! A 1967 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider, built between 1967 and 1968 sold for $27.5 million at auction in 2013. It had been owned by Eddie Smith for a period of 45 years.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

With only 7 examples of the Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe produced, this is a rare car indeed. Made between 1927 and 1933, the Kellner Coupe is a luxury roadster. One sold for $9.1 million in 2013 in California.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

A cool $21.8 million is what it would have cost you to buy the last Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider to go on auction. This Italian thoroughbred was built between 1935 and 1939.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

There is no denying that this vehicle, produced in the 1930s, is one of the best-looking cars ever made. Those lines simply do not age. A few have been up for auction over the past 20 years, including one that went for $4.8 million.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Designed by Friedrich Geiger, it is easy to see why someone paid $11.7 million for the Mercedes-Benz 540K Spezial Roadster in 2012. It is truly beautiful.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Produced between 1957 and 1958, only four examples of this Ferrari sportscar were ever made. In 2016, a 335S was sold at an auction in Paris for an incredible $35 million.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

This classic Ferrari from the 1950s is still in demand today. Powered by a 3.0-liter V12, a Spider sold for $5.74 million at auction in 2012.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Built in 1939, the Horch Special Roadster is a vehicle of rare beauty and shows off those classic lines of a pre-World War II car. One recently sold for $5.1 million in California.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

In 2008, a Jaguar E2A sold for $5.6 million at an auction in California. This vehicle is considered a prototype, as it was the model that linked the E-Type and the D-Type Jaguar.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Built between 1937 and 1939, this Italian classic sold at auction for $5.983 million in 1999. Imagine how much it would go for now? Essentially, this was a road-going version of the famous 8C 2900A race car.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Always in demand, Shelby Cobras regularly sell for big money at auctions. In 2007, one sold for $6.5 million at an auto auction in Arizona. At the time, this was a record for a vehicle made in the United States. The car in question was the personal Cobra of Carrol Shelby.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Christie's sold one of only 182 Bentley Speed Six Tourers ever made in 2004 for $5.1 million. It's not difficult to see why, as this Bentley from the early 1930s is a beauty.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

710 units of this stunning-looking car were produced from 1934 to 1940. This is a true classic and a vehicle of rare beauty. That would explain the price of $7.9 million at auction in 2008.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

A Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider sold for $19.1 million at auction in Paris in 2015. Only 55 models of this incredible machine were built.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was essentially a DB4 but with some Italian input, specifically from Ercole Spada of the Zagata design factory. One such model sold in New York in 2015 for $14.3 million in 2016.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Based on the 917, only 12 examples of the 917K were ever built. This Porsche racer competed in the World Sportscar Championship for three seasons from 1969 to 1971.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Only three of the Works LIghtweight version of the Jaguar C-Type were ever built. In 2015, one sold for $13.2 million in California.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

This early 1930's car is the two-seater racing version of the 8C 2300 road car from Alfa Romeo. The Monza name was given to these models after victory at the 1931 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Available in the early 1930s, the Duesenberg Model J was a machine of rare beauty. In 2011, a long-wheelbase coupe sold for $10.3 million in California.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

The Type 55 was produced by Bugatti in the early 1930s. This was a road version of their Type 51 race car. In 2016, a Type 55 Roadster sold for $10.4 million at auction in the United States.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

The Porsche 956 was a Group C race car from the early 1980s. It still holds the record for the fastest circuit of the famed Nurburgring, which it set in 1983. In 2015, a 956 was sold in the United States for $10.1 million.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

Although the LaFerrari Aperta is a relatively new hypercar, one fetched $9.9 million at auction in 2017. This was the 210th Aperta made by Ferrari and included a livery to celebrate the 70th year of the company.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

In 2016, a Sports Tourer version of the Bugatti Type 57SC sold at auction for $9.7 million. This 1935 vehicle was once a Vanden Plas coachwork model.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

A 'Tour de France' variant of the 250 GT Berlinetta sold for $9.4 million in 2014. This vehicle even had race pedigree with a 4th overall in the 1957 Coppa Inter-Europa. Only 9 were ever made, of which 8 remain.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

In 2013, a Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante sold for $8.7 million at auction in California. With the classic Type 57 teardrop shape and in the finest condition, it's not difficult to see why. It also helps it was the 10th Type 57SC ever produced.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

In 2013, a Mercedes-Benz 680S Torpedo Roadster sold for a cool $8.2 million at auction in the United States. This 1928 model was once displayed at a New York dealership in 1929, and was one of only three models with a short windshield.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

This 1951 Ferrari was raced at both the 1951 and 1952 Le Mans 24 hour race. Only eight of this chassis type were ever built. In 2016, it sold for $8.2 million at auction.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

A 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight model, specially set up for racing and having raced in a 24-hour event at Le Mans in the '60s, was sold for $8 million in 2017. This model was driven by legendary racing drivers Walt Hansgen and Augie Pabst.

What expensive car is shown in this image?

With just four Ferrari 290 MM models built in the late '50s, when one comes up for auction, it will take a lot of money to secure one. In fact, one sold for $28 million at Sotheby's in New York in 2016.

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