This Could Become the World’s Most Expensive Car

January 7, 2016, 9:31 PM UTC
1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti, chassis 0674, estimate 28 - 32 M€ / 30 – 34 M$ Mike Hawthorn / Luigi Musso, 24 Heures du Mans 1957 ©
Courtesy of Artcurial

A classic Ferrari being auctioned off next month is a strong contender to break the current record for the highest price ever paid for a car.

The 1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider Scaglietti was the winning vehicle at the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix and was driven past the finish line by British world champion Stirling Moss. It was in commission during what Business Insider calls “the golden age of road racing,” when races were still held on public roads. The model gained infamy when another one crashed into a group of onlookers during a the Mille Miglia in Italy, a 1,000-mile event. Both drivers and nine fans died in the accident. It was a historic moment in road racing, leading to the event’s cancellation and the sport’s eventual end.

The car is expected to sell between $32 million and $34 million at next month’s Artcurial auction in Paris. The prediction is just shy of the current record of $34.6 million for another classic Ferrari sold last year. Prices at auction often surpass expectations, especially in the case of a bidding war between two buyers.