Most cars are depreciating assets – the longer you own them, the less they’re worth and yet most mere mortals continue to take out secured loans to buy a car. In fact the numbers using finance to buy a new car are increasing – there are even loans for people with bad credit available to buy a car. So, it seems madness to spend the treasury of a small nation on a single set of wheels. Except, of course, there are some cars that are outside the normal rules of value – when it comes to the most expensive cars in the world a drop in value is not something you normally have to worry about.
1. Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Vivere $3.4 million
Bugatti has a habit of making pricey cars but this version of the Veyron really takes the cake. It’s one of the most expensive cars in the world – and also one of the fastest, as it can reach speeds of up to 254mph. The car is high tech, inside and out – and it’s artistic too with maps of famous races laser etched into its bodywork. The car has a distinctive black and white ‘panda’ exterior carbon fiber finish and boasts a whopping 1,200-hp.
2. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita $4.8 million
In creating this car Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg produced a beast of a vehicle with some of the highest performance specs ever crafted into a street legal production car. However, what really boosted the price was that the car – of which only three were every made – is coated in diamonds. The carbon fibers used to create the body of the Trevita were coated with a resin filled with diamond dust. We just hope that whoever owns these cars takes care not to chip the paintwork…
3. W Motors Lykan Hypersport $3.4 million
This car actually looks like a Transformer but made its debut on the silver screen in the film Fast and Furious 7. Luxurious features abound with this car, including the option to have each LED headlight encrusted with 220 diamonds – or any other precious stone that you might choose. The car can reach 60mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 242mph. It also comes complete with a concierge service and an infotainment system that features holograms.
4. Lamborghini Veneno $4.5 million
Lamborghini’s Veneno is basically a street-legal racing car and was produced by the iconic manufacturer to celebrate its 50th birthday. The car is named after "one of the strongest and most aggressive fighting bulls ever," which perhaps doesn’t bode that well for other road users…The car has a L539 6.5-liter V-12 engine and a top speed of 221mph. Like the Trevita only three Venenos will ever be made and to make them even more exclusive, each will carry one of the colours of the Italian flag – red, white or green.
5. McLaren P1 LM $3.7 million
McLaren is a big name in racing and the P1 LM features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that doesn’t disappoint – although this one is surrounded in gold. However, the P1 LM is not actually an official McLaren project but a McLaren car modified by British company Lanzante. The car has exceptionally high-end aerodynamics, including dive planes that produce a huge 40% increase in downforce. It’s a street-legal hyper car that in May of this year broke the Nurburgring Record – lap times set by production cars around the Nurburgring course in Germany, which is used to demonstrate speed and power – by an impressive nine seconds.