Price: $8.3 million
Auction: Mecum Monterey, CA 2009

The Shelby Daytona makes history again as the highest-priced American car ever sold at public auction. "Selling this amazing piece of American race history at our first Monterey auction has been the crowning achievement of my career and Mecum Auction's 22 years of selling collector cars," said Dana Mecum, president of Mecum Auction. This coupe was one of six built by Carroll Shelby to compete against Ferrari in the GT class. It used an experimental coupe body and existing Cobra chassis. It made American history when it clinched the 1965 World Manufacturer's Championship with legend Bob Bondurant driving it to victory on July 4th in Reims, France. It is truly an American hero.