If you were a multi billionaire and had set out on a shopping trip to purchase the world’s most expensive car, there are many things you would need to consider.
Obviously, unlike most shoppers, price is not a consideration, so let’s look at other important factors. Do you want to purchase a collector’s item, a sleek beauty of yesteryear? Perhaps your tastes run more to the monsters of power that thrill audiences at the movie halls. You could look for street legal machines or machines built for the race track. There are so many options, so you’d need to study them before picking your choice of the most expensive car in the world.
Collector’s Items: Minimum Requirement 8 figures
The first Auto Collector’s Auction was held in 1987, at Christie’s, London. A Bugatti Royal sold for the incredible price of seven million dollars. In 2008, at an auction in Maranello, Italy, a 1961 Ferrari 250GtSWB California Spider sold for $10,894,900.
Other spectacular auction sales include a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa, sold in Maranello in 2009 for $12,402,500. The same model sold in Monterey, California, in 2011 for an astronomical $16,390,000.
Street Legal Cars: Raw Beauty on Wheels
A street legal car is a motor vehicle that complies with international and domestic safety standards. These standards deal with lighting, signal lights and safety equipment. They do not apply to off-road or race vehicles.
Street legal cars are essentially transport vehicles. They move passengers from Point A to Point B. However about 1 % of street legal cars are built to service the 1% of buyers, for whom, transportation is a secondary consideration. Cars, for these super rich buyers are all about a flamboyant and elegant lifestyle.
Car makers the world over take pride in producing these sophisticated machines. However, given that the number of plump wallet holders is extremely slim, very few editions of these beauties are created.
Topping the list of most expensive street legal cars of 2015 is the Swedish Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. This sleek machine sells for $ 4.8 million. The unique exterior finish is a Proprietary Diamond Weave, comprised of carbon fibres steeped in diamond dust resin. The car has a 4.8 litre dual super charges V8 engine. Only three editions of the car were ever made.
The Lamborghini Veneno that celebrates 50 years of Lamborghini’s dominance of the luxury car market comes in a close second. The Italian Veneno translates to Poison, and apt name for this extreme lethal beauty. Four and a half million dollars is actually a reasonable dent in the wallet for a car such as this. It comes equipped with a 6.5 litre V12 engine and can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in an incredible 2.9 seconds.
Track Only Cars: The Physics of Flight
These cars are designed for speed. On road concerns would only bog them down, so they are dispensed with. These beauties spread their wings on race tracks only.
La Ferrari FXXK sells for $ 2.7 million. It is ‘The’ Ferrari’. It is a performance car par excellence. Its space age tyres are equipped with sensors that track acceleration, temperature and pressure.
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is a track vehicle that can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds, a rate that would make a motorbike proud. It can reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour. Two point two million dollars is the asking price for this minimalist car that weighs less than a Honda Fit.
One of a Kind: Unique Luxury
The Maybach Excelero was built in 2004. Six thousand pounds of luxury best describes this magnificent vehicle. Its price in 2004 was 8 million dollars, which translates to 10.1 million dollars at today’s rates. Only one machine was made.
Special Mention: Hollywood Superstar
Priced at a comparatively modest 3.4 million dollars, this Lebanese stunner enthralled movie goers all around the globe as it crashed effortlessly through three skyscrapers. The Lykan Hypersport boasts bejewelled headlights, scissors doors, sci-fi interiors. The Abu Dhabi police force employs this futuristic machine with an acceleration of 0 to 60mph in 2.8 sec and a top speed of 280 mph, to race down unauthorised speedsters of the free- ways.