Bugattis, Ferraris, Aston Martins.. These are car brands that we equate to luxury, power and above all money. Traffic-stopping to look at, it’s little wonder that these are the car brands driven by superstars, the world’s richest people and certain secret agents. Particularly when you look at the heart-stopping price tags.
Rapper Birdman made headlines last year when he bought a one-off Maybach Exelero for a headache-inducing $8 million. The prototype, which was first shown in 2005 in Berlin at the Tempodrom, has a top speed of 218mph and is powered by a V12 biturbo powerplant.
Then there’s those cars available on the market. Regularly, topping most expensive car lists is the Bugatti Veyron Supersport. Named after legendary racecar driver Pierre Veyron, the car has been compared to a legal Batmobile. Some of the wealthiest and best-known car fanatics are said to be fans. Even Tom Cruise owns one! Want to join this club? Then you’re going to need a few million, £2,000,000 to be exact. But when you’re parting with that sort of cash, you can rest assured that no other car is going to catch you because, aside from the highest price tag, this set of wheels also has the fastest accelerating time. It can reach 0-60 in just 2.46s. That’s definitely going to put you ahead on the school run.
No list of expensive cars would be complete without an Aston Martin. Synonymous with class, elegance and of course, James Bond, there’s plenty of eye-catching cars by this British brand. However, if you’re interested in price tags, then you might consider the Aston Martin One-77. Costing an impressive £1.2 million, only 77 of this model are going to be made. That makes it not just expensive and beautiful, but also very exclusive. With a top speed of 220mph thanks to massive 7.3L V12 engine, this car is going to leave you undoubtedly shaken and stirred, if only by the price tag.
Now if you’ve got that kind of cash, you might prefer the Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster. It’s chassis is carbon titanium finished, which contributes to the 1210kg weight. And for those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of this supercar, this contributes to a spine-tingling drive of class and power. What’s not so lightweight is the £1.07 million price tag. And if it’s speed you’re after, then the roadster can do 124mph in less than ten seconds.
Looking like some sort of stealth bomber, the Lamborghini Reventon is the most expensive road car made by the Italian brand. It’s also the most powerful. Designed in the heartland of Lamborghini, Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, the distinctive front is part of a design to help cool down the jaw-dropping 12 cylinder callipers and carbon disks brakes. And the Reventon also features some high tech lighting with Bi-Xenon headlights and LEDs and diodes at the rear of the car. Made in 2008, it was hailed as a masterpiece by car aficionados. But if you fancy snapping up one of these, then you’d best have a well-placed source because as well as the £787,250 price tag, only 20 of them were ever made.
Of course whilst expensive, this list only includes road cars available today and it doesn’t take into consideration the world of vintage and classic cars. For instance the 1965 winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona race was sold in 2009 for staggering $7,685,000, which today is around £4.8 million. There were only six ever built but this one also won races in Monza and the Nurburgring. Or what about the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster. It was sold in 2011 for $9,680,000 or £6.03 million with today’s exchange rate.
But from the records, it’s Ferraris that dominate with four of the top five cars ever sold in the world being by the legendary Italian brand. There’s the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. It’s similar to the one featured in 80s hit film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but thankfully Ferris didn’t get his hands on this one and it sold for $10,894,900 in 2008. Until recently, the most expensive car in the world title belonged to another Ferrari, the ‘666’ Testa Rossa to be exact. Sold for $16,390,000 in 2011, it was the prototype for all Testa Rossas.
But then in May this year, another car was crowned the world’s most expensive. This title now belongs to an apple green 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Originally made for British racing driver, Stirling Moss, it sold for a cool £22.7 million – That’s certainly a major gear change in price.
This post provided to us by Joe at www.ppcgb.com