The car that could set the record for the highest price to be paid for an automobile at auction in 2016 is a 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider. It’s going up for sale at Artcurial in Paris in February, with an estimate topping $30 million.
The current record for the world’s most expensive car sold at public auction was set in 2014 at a Carmel auction during the annual Monterey Car Week. A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO came in at just under $38 million, including auction costs and fees.
Though it may look a lot like the iconic 250 Testa Rossa that came out the same year, chassis number 0674 actually started out its life as a 315 S and fitted with coachwork by Scaglietti. After finishing sixth at Sebring and second in the Mille Miglia, it returned to Maranello and was upgraded to 335 S spec. The 3.8-liter V12 was enlarged to 4.1 liters, and its output swelled from 360 horsepower to nearly 400.