The world’s most expensive cars

Not all cars were created equal. The consumer desire for sleeker, faster, and more feature-filled vehicles has led to a huge supercar and performance vehicle industry. “Collectors” items can sell at auction for outlandish sums; in 2014 a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $38 million. In 2016, the UK car industry alone recorded a turnover of 71.6 billion GBP.

It is, however, surprisingly difficult to break down a list of the world’s most expensive cars. Prices fluctuate according to customer demand, as supply thins out accordingly with the higher price of the vehicle.

That being said, taking a look at consistent price and popularity, some clear contenders come to light. These are frequently cars built for their wow factor, but which come with a solid luxury offering that means they can be used for work and play.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

The Veneno Roadster is the most expensive Lamborghini currently on the roads. The iconic supercar brand was established in Italy over 100 years ago by Ferruccio Lamborghini, and the brand has gone on to become one of the most lauded of its kind.

Half car, half brand building tool, the Veneno Roadster was launched as part of Lamborghini’s Centennial celebrations. Just nine units were produced, and were snapped up for around $4.5 million a piece (the resale value is rumoured to have trebled since).

The Lamborghini website offers this information:

“The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster takes the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype onto everyday roads… This super sports car is characterised by optimal aerodynamics in order to guarantee stability in fast curves and a behaviour like a racing prototype.”

The Veneno Roadster is built largely from expensive carbon fibre, with a 6.5 litre aspirated V12 engine and a top speed of 355 km/h. It’s a prestige car, designed to be whispered about, but rarely seen and (even more rarely) owned.

McLaren P1 LM

Building from the McLaren P1 GTR, the McLaren P1 LM was redesigned by Lanzante Motorsports, who transformed the supercar into a road-legal hyper car. According to Lanzante, the P1 LM is ‘the quickest, rarest and last of the P1 variants’. It’s also valued at around $3 million.

It retains (and upgrades) its predecessor’s track-worthy aerodynamics and, following the Roadster theme, the P1 LM also relies heavily upon the use of carbon-fibre, including a fully-carbon roof. It currently holds the Nurburgring track record, giving this car plenty of bang for its buck.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Designed by Adrian Newey, British Formula 1 engineer, the Aston Martin Valkyrie definitely flaunts its race track lineage. Newey claims he wanted to create something sleek and light (referring to the P1 as “big, clumsy and heavy”). The exact specs have not yet been released, although the car does contain a bespoke V12 engine. Customers won’t actually start receiving their orders until 2019 and, as such, there is some mystery surrounding the price point, however, the Aston Martin Valkyrie is believed to cost above $3 million.

The limited and rare nature of these cars tend to mean they are often viewed as investments to be added to portfolios, as they regularly appreciate in value.

Which model sits at the top of your motoring wish list?