Gearheads, car nerds, and general luxury lovers rejoice. We’ve gathered a list of the priciest cars in the world just for you! From Rolls Royces to Buggatis and Ferraris, these are the cream of the crop when it comes to high-end automobiles.
What Is the Most Expensive Car in the World?
The most expensive car to ever be sold is the 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. It was auctioned off for a record-breaking $142 million at a private sale held by RM Sotheby’s, hosted in the Mercedes museum.
Coming in second is the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO model, which WeatherTech president David MacNeil bought for $70 million during an auction in June 2018.
When it comes to new cars, the priciest of them all is the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail. To get this handcrafted car, you’ll have to shell out $28 million. Next in line are Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire ($18.68 million) and Pagani’s Zonda HP Barchetta ($17.5 million).
7 Engaging Facts About the World’s Most Expensive Cars
Although driving expensive and cool cars is a dream for many, first-time car buyers know that buying a car is a big investment. But what if money were no object? Which car would you buy?
To satisfy your curiosity, we’ve gathered a few jaw-dropping facts about the world’s most expensive cars.
1. The 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé is the most expensive car of all time.
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The 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé is, without a doubt, the most expensive car in the world due to its astronomical price tag of $142 million.
Mercedes only built two prototypes of the 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé in 1955. Its design is based on the W196R Grand Prix racer that Juan Manuel Fangio drove. In addition to its iconic gullwing doors, the car has a powerful 3.0-liter straight-six engine.
In 1986, the car got a full restoration and is still in excellent condition.
Although it was designed for racing, the world’s most expensive car never actually hit the track. It remained only a prototype.
2. Rolling out at $28 million, the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is the most expensive new car.
This entirely handcrafted vehicle is the most expensive automobile you can buy in 2022. It’s made of about 1,800 bespoke parts. Since its design was inspired by yachts of the 1920s and 1930s, you’ll find that it has a parasol that pops out of the rear deck.
When it comes to expensive luxury cars, they usually come in limited editions. That’s why Rolls Royce produced merely three models of this vehicle.
The first Boat Tail was commissioned by Jay-Z and Beyonce, while the second one is owned by a wealthy client from the pearling industry. The last and final model should be released in 2023, in case you want to squeeze out your credit card on a luxurious car.
3. La Voiture Noire is the most expensive Bugatti ever sold. Its price tag? A whopping $18.68 million.
Expensive black cars are all the rage these days, with La Voiture Noire being the most expensive of them all.
This car pays homage to the art deco Type 57SC Atlantic that was designed by Ettore Bugatti’s son, Jean. Unfortunately, during WWII, the car disappeared while being transported on a train to Bordeaux. It hasn’t been seen since.
If the lost Atlantic were ever found, it wouldn’t be the most expensive vehicle in the world, but it would be quite high on the list. Namely, its value is estimated to be over $107 million.
The owner of the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is still unknown. Some speculate that Cristiano Ronaldo is the owner, while others believe it to be ex-VW chairman Ferdinand Piech.
4. Tesla is the most valuable car brand in 2022, with a brand value of around $75.93 billion.
This comes as no surprise, given that in 2021, Tesla was the best-selling electric car producer in the world. Toyota takes the second place (valued at $33.11b), followed by Mercedes-Benz ($30.35b), BMW ($27.59b), Ford ($13.21b), and Honda ($11.1 b).
5. The Lamborghini Egoista is the most expensive Lamborghini model ever built.
When it comes to super expensive cars, you won’t find anything like the Lamborghini Egoista. This model has a price tag of $117 million. For comparison, the cheapest Lamborghini models, Huracan and Urus, cost between $200,000 and $331,000.
However, even if you had this kind of money, you wouldn’t be able to buy this car, as it’s not for sale. It is currently located in the Sant’Agata Bolognese Lamborghini museum.
6. The $17.5 million Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta was created specifically for Horacio Pagani.
Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta might be the fanciest car in the world that was created with only one purpose — to be a present for Horacio Pagani’s 60th birthday. The car is a work of art, and it shows with its $17.5 million price tag.
7. To celebrate its 110th birthday, Bugatti plans to create ten cars that will pay tribute to the Bugatti EB-110.
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As one of the most expensive car brands that produce some of the fastest vehicles on the market, it’s no surprise that Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary in style.
The company plans to create just ten special edition cars, called Centodieci, that will pay tribute to the Bugatti EB-110, one of its most iconic models.
Bugatti has produced three different versions of the Centodieci so far: the white one, the blue one, and the silver one. They have promised to finish delivering all ten units to customers by the end of 2022.
With an $8.8 million price tag, the Bugatti Centodieci will be one of the company’s most expensive sports cars.
As you can see, there are quite a few very expensive cars out there. Whether it’s the Rolls Royce Boat Tail or the La Voiture Noire, these cars definitely come with a hefty price tag.
So, if you have a few million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, which of these cars will you buy?
What is the most expensive car in the world in 2022?
The priciest car in 2022 and beyond is definitely the 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, which will set you back at least $142 million.
When it comes to new cars, the list looks like this:
- the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail currently has the highest price tag at $28 million, followed by
- the La Voiture Noire, which costs $18.68 million, and
- Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta, which is priced at $17.5 million.
Who owns the most expensive car in the world?
The owner of the super expensive 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé is an anonymous private collector. On the other hand, owners of the the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail are probably more famous than the car — they’re Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Other celebrities, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Ferdinand Piech, are also rumored to own some of the world’s most expensive automobiles.
What’s the most expensive car ever sold?
The most expensive car that’s ever been sold at an auction is the 1955 Mercedes 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé. It was sold for a whopping $142 million.