The number of hypercars, supercars, and muscle cars out there is growing at a fast clip. This means, among other things, that competition for the title of the most expensive ride in the world is also heating up. From the Rolls-Royce Sweptail to the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster and the Aston Martin Valkyrie, super-expensive cars are crowding the top of the market, and wowing all onlookers. And why not? The price strides in the world are so much more than transportation. These mind-boggling machines encapsulate the priorities of the 1%, and in that universe, flamboyance and swagger take precedence over efficiency and practicality. Lifestyle criticisms aside, these are truly rolling works of art.
Surprisingly, the most expensive cars list is not as easy to compile as you might think. Price tags for these cars fluctuate depending on customer build requests, which – among high-end connoisseurs –can get rather baroque. For the sake of clarity, here we’ve categorised recent production vehicles only, and we’re excluding vintage cars sold at various auctions. In the end, we decided to go with supercars that mix high style, innovative materials and build techniques, an absurd set of performance capabilities, and, of course, an unparalleled price tag.