The world’s ten most expensive automobiles include such dreams-come-true as a street-legal, ten-cylinder Porsche race car (the Carrera GT); an electric car with a 300-hp motor ( Venturi ’s Fetish sports car, which just went on sale) and cars with over 1,000 hp each ( Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 and SSC’s Ultimate Aero).
These kinds of cars make Ferraris and Aston Martins look like relative bargains; despite their fame, they are much cheaper than the cars on our list. Of the ten most expensive cars, only two are made by brands with household names - Porsche and Mercedes-Benz - although I guess it depends on what your household is like.
But the ten most expensive cars aren’t just rare. They are beautiful, but in daring, sometimes avant-garde ways that mainstream cars can’t follow. Their top speeds set records. Their technology is pioneering, and attainable only by the wealthiest of car buyers - and that’s a blessing even for the non-wealthy.
- Bugatti Veyron 16.4, 1.192.057$
- Pagani Zonda Roadster F C12S 7.3, 667.321$
- SSC Ultimate Aero, 654.500$
- LeBlanc Mirabeau, 645.084$
- Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, 555.000$
- Koenigsegg CCR, 637.723$
- Venturi Fetish, 583.000$
- Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, 452.750$
- Maybach 62, 448.153$
- Porsche Carrera GT, 440.000$