The world of automobiles plays host to hundreds of different car brands, but a few big players have always controlled the majority of the industry's market share, regardless of the segment. Some of these popular car brands pride themselves on making products that keep people moving. For some others, their car production emphasizes creating cars that people love to drive.
When the desire for performance, class, and opulence outweigh the primary demand for affordable transportation, the result is ultimately cars with jaw-dropping prices. And aside from all the more affordable, practical, and reasonable cars produced by popular brands, many of them have ventured to produce something truly extraordinary just to prove that they can.
In this article, in no particular order, we look at the most lavish and expensive cars ever produced by well-known and popular brands, tailored only to the wealthiest and most ambitious of car enthusiasts.
10 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail: $28 Million
The story of the Rolls-Royce Boattail links a classic desire for creating uniqueness with a culture of excellence. While seeing a good car is common, what is rare is finding one that has a highfalutin picnic setup for a trunk. This state-of-the-art creation is carefully concealed by power-operated butterfly doors that replace the trunk.
The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is the first project that the new Coachbuild department of the company will ever produce. Perhaps, it is good to note that the special attention given to the customization of this unique creation exercises a notable influence on its price. Also, the Boat Tail is highly limited, and only three were made for super-wealthy clients. It is little wonder why the Boat Tail costs a cool $28 million.
9 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 999 Red Gold Dream: $10 Million
Mercedes-Benz is committed to its vision of creating luxurious cars with great performance. This makes it no surprise to find the SLR McLaren 999 Red Gold Dream among the most expensive cars. This lone edition car has the most expensive car interior with an exquisite exterior finish.
Mercedes is known to put its best features in its unique cars. Therefore, this car model has some uniqueness found in no other Mercedes vehicle. Its speed of up to 211 mph deserves mention. Also, its swift acceleration gets it to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds.
8 Bugatti La Voiture Noire: $18.7 Million
Bugatti brings its best innovation through its over-a-century-long manufacturing experience to produce this car. While the vehicle is a one-off hypercar, its exceptional engine and 1500 horsepower make its price justifiable.
Additionally, its fantastic design with aesthetic features of a bespoke carbon-fiber body and a six-exhaust pipe system makes it truly luxurious.
7 The Veneno Roadster: $4.5 Million
This car showcases Lamborghini's mastery of aerodynamic efficiency. Like the previous expensive cars mentioned, it is also a limited-edition vehicle, with only 13 worldwide.
The excellence of the Veneno Roadster lies in its ability to bring race car driving experience to regular roads. Thus, users can navigate curves with sharpness and precision while also enjoying the summer breeze with the top down. The car is skill, innovation, and creativity in one package.
6 1981 Porsche 935 K4: $2.7 Million
This iconic car is one of two ultra-rare K4 935s built by the Kremer brothers. The Germans outdid themselves on this car, with only the roof and the windshield presenting as originally made by Porsche. The 3.2L engine of the car churns out more than 800 horsepower and the car is certainly a joy to race.
If cars were celebrity overachievers, the Porsche 935 K4 is a safe bet. Having won a couple of races and owned by Nicolas Cage once, the almost $3 million price of the car is an appropriate one.
5 McLaren P1 GTR: $3.4 Million
The birth of this beautiful GTR originated from a collaboration between the McLaren's original P1 manufacturing team and their F1 team. Amazingly, production for the regular P1 was underway when the design and manufacture of this beastly machine began. Only 45 samples were made, and the world loves it.
Depending on the custom mods of buyers, some of these supercars are street-legal and others not so much. Regardless, with 986 horsepower under the hood propelling the car to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, and an electric range of about 20 miles, the P1 GTR is a thriller well worthy of its price.
4 1996 Bentley Rapier: $4.5 Million
Sometimes, all it takes for a car to attain its high price is the right buyer. Bentley made the Rapier for the Sultan of Brunei in 1996. The manufacturers intended it to be a rare and luxurious model.
Today, the Bentley Rapier still stands as one of the most expensive cars by the famous car brand.
3 Pagani Zonda Barchetta: $17.5 Million
This rare breed also has a place among the most expensive cars by a brand based on its rarity and incredible features.
Three years ago, it was a contender for one of the most expensive cars in the world. In addition to being rare, the Pagani Zonda Barchetta has extreme agility and exotic bodywork.
2 Aston Martin Valkyrie: $3 Million
If cars had alien species, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is certainly one of them. The car looks and feels like something out of this world from mere observation of the bodywork. The specs do not slack either, seeing as the car is a collaborative creation of Red Bull Racing, Aston Martin, and Cosworth.
The car’s 6.5L V12 engine produces a maximum 1160 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, thanks to its hybrid system that contributes almost 160 horsepower to this statistic.
1 LaFerrari Aperta: $4.5 Million
The LaFerrari Aperta is a tempting car. One close up look of the car has everyone in agreement of this fact. The design isn’t exactly futuristic and totally different from previous offerings from Ferrari. Still, the car is breathtaking in that typical Ferrari red.
The LaFerrari Aperta is so rare and prestigious that buyers can only get it on preorder, and previous purchases have price estimates well close to $5 million. However, with a V12 engine that sprints to 60 mph in 3 seconds from rest, buyers of the car probably do not care.