In the scope of humanity, let alone the world, cars are a relatively new thing. With just over 100 years under our belt as a society, we’ve already done quite a bit in the name of making automobiles that push just about every limit they can. Whether it’s speed, luxury, size, or style, there’s a car that’s blown us away by pushing it to the max, and by proxy its price tag. The following are the top 25 most expensive cars, and in today’s saturated market, these multi-million-dollar cars have to be quite special to be where they are. The most valuable cars are all cars that cost over $1 million, meaning that this list is going to be truly exciting from start to finish. So, prepare for some serious sticker shock as we count down the most expensive cars of all time.
Koenigsegg made the One:1 seemingly on a mission to laugh in the face of physics itself. It walked completely uncharted territory when it came to the abilities of road-legal cars, to the point where its performance warranted the invention of completely new terms to describe it. Its power-to-weight ratio measured in horsepower to kilograms is a perfect 1, hence the name, the price, and the legend. Not only that, but it is the world’s first car to achieve a megawatt of power, hence a new term to describe the Koenigsegg for sale: megacar.
Part of the magic of the legendary McLaren F1 was its unique seating arrangement, with accommodation for three, and the driver right in the middle. McLaren worked this magic again with the Speedtail and eclipsed it with a new faster top speed of 250 mph, and their most powerful hybrid powertrain to date. With the glass canopy and seating position of a fighter jet, and the performance of one, the McLaren Speedtail is worth the money for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Sesto Elemento is Lamborghini’s first car that isn’t street legal. And that’s for good reason because for starters, it weighs just over a ton with a V-10 and an all-wheel-drive system. Zero to sixty happens in a mere 2.6 seconds in the Sesto Elemento. Rather than an attempt to one-up Luc Besson, the “sixth element” name is derived from carbon’s place on the periodic table, of which the car is almost entirely made, making it $2.2 million of pure engineering prowess.
The LaFerrari (famed for being a member of the hybrid hypercar Holy Trinity) is spectacular in itself. Taking it a step further is the roadster Aperta version, a special LaFerrari for Ferrari’s most special clients. The reason behind the price is that Ferrari took painstaking efforts to turn a seamlessly engineered coupe into a the LaFerrari Aperta while still keeping the performance that made the coupe such a sensation. Although with 800 horsepower, owners of the Aperta might get more wind in their faces than they bargained for.
This track-only Aston Martin is the culmination of a century of racing pedigree and engineering ability, and it’s no secret that that culmination is truly amazing. With a unique, avant-garde, yet still purely Aston Martin design, it’s as harrowing to look at as it is to drive. A 7 liter V12 gives the Vulcan 800 horsepower, which is perfect for track day, because all your opponents will see are the Vulcan’s iconic spike-like tail lights.
The AMG One is named so because it puts Formula One performance into a car for the street. The engine itself is completely derived from a Mercedes F1 car and will produce 748 horsepower, let alone the electric motors that form the other half of the hybrid powertrain, making the car good for over 1000 horsepower combined. It’s no wonder that even at its price, all 275 units have already been sold.
The F12berlinetta-based F60 America was a Ferrari built to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Ferrari’s U.S. operations, and being released on 10/10/14 with only 10 examples produced, it did so quite auspiciously. With an open top, and a V12 good for 730 horsepower, and a gorgeous blue color scheme reminiscent of the historical NART livery, what more could an American Ferrari lover want?
Like Mercedes-AMG did with the One, Aston Martin poured all their Formula One knowledge, experience, and engineering talent into the Valkyrie, and what resulted is a car that is truly formidable, and it looks the part as well. A Cosworth-developed V12 is matched by exterior design and stance that makes the Valkyrie look like it could pounce at any moment, and it can.
We thought that Ferrari pushed its limits with the LaFerrari, being a hybrid hypercar in the Holy Trinity, but when they turned the LaFerrari into the track-only FXX-K, we were proved wrong. Only 40 units were produced, and all are kept by Ferrari to let their owners drive for track day events, which is a good thing, because only Ferrari could keep a 1,036 horsepower car capable of 217 mph truly safe.
Anyone who has the privilege of opening the “dihedral synchro-helix” doors of a Koenigsegg knows that something incredibly powerful (and incredibly expensive) lies inside. This couldn’t be truer than in the case of the Jesko, as it seems that with each passing year, Koenigsegg’s capabilities get even more outlandish and unprecedented. With up to 1,603 horsepower, a top speed that we don’t even know yet, and creature comforts like power-adjustable seats and Apple CarPlay, the Jesko might just be the best Koenigsegg yet.
A tribute to design house Pininfarina’s late former chairman, Sergio Pininfarina, this 458-based Barchetta is a beautiful tribute to the spirits of both Ferrari and Pininfarina alike. Pininfarina’s signature sweeping lines make the car into an ultra-futuristic, sculpted, and serene vehicle, with design elements that echo the iconic Ferrari Pininfarina Mythos concept of the 90s. Such an artful statement is surely worth its price.
Bugatti calls it “the purest Bugatti Chiron ever.” Substantial improvements in the chassis, gearbox, and engine back that claim up. And for the onlooker, styling cues like the number on the grille echo Bugatti’s rich and proud racing heritage. If what you want is a Bugatti that strives to achieve the pinnacle of driving experience, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is likely your best bet.
Mansory is a German coachbuilder known for making some of the most exciting, rare, luxurious, and expensive cars we’ve ever seen. One of their greatest efforts is the Vivere Bugatti Veyron, which is a modified Veyron that features a signature “V” design throughout and an impossibly classic black and white color scheme. Few cars match its price, but even fewer match its level of sophistication.
This car became quite notorious when it was seen skyscraper-hopping in Fast and Furious 7, but the Lykan Hypersport is a notorious car in itself. Having doors that are somehow both suicide and scissor doors, holographic interior display, and literal diamonds in the headlights, W Motors didn’t even need a movie to get people talking about the Lykan.
It is meant to be the last Pagani Huayra, and that’s no surprise because it’s a car fit for a grand finale. Only 40 examples exist, and they are as gorgeous as they are powerful. A bright silver, black, and red color scheme with tan leather seats and a distinctive wood shift knob give the car the elegant, sporty look that only the best in the automotive world can offer, and a removable carbon-fiber hardtop that makes the Roadster only 66 pounds heavier than it’s coupe counterpart adds bite to the Huayra BC Roadster’s bark, doing the model justice as it bows out.
The Sian is Lamborghini’s most bold and innovative efforts yet, with a hybrid system that uses lithium-ion supercapacitors to its advantage, making for a hybrid that doesn’t compromise weight for immense power. Drivers can expect 819 horsepower, 2.8 seconds to reach 60 mph, and a top speed of over 220 mph. And with design inspiration coming from the Countach, even at a glance, the Sian is unmistakably iconic.
It’s human nature to try to improve, to test the limits of whatever is in front of you. But for the past 15 or so years, nobody has done that quite like Bugatti. They changed the world when the Veyron was found to be capable of 253 mph, and now they are changing the world again because the Chiron Super Sport is capable of speeds above 300 miles per hour. For the chance to travel at that velocity alone, the price can easily be justified.
The Lamborghini packed full of incredible innovation and stirring design is surely worth all the hype, and all the money, not least because it was a clear symbol to the world that Lamborghini had entered a new era. Squeezing 740 brake horsepower out of the Aventador’s V12 was the first part of the equation, with an entirely new, but still very Lamborghini body design that was optimized for cooling and aerodynamics to follow. The Veneno was and is one of Lamborghini’s greatest icons.
The name “Trevita” is Swedish for “three whites” which is what describes the Trevita’s completely unique and gorgeous finish. For this car, Koenigsegg developed a completely unique carbon fiber diamond weave to create its look, and because of how difficult this process was, only two Trevitas ended up being made, one of which was entrusted to Floyd Mayweather. It takes quite the car to justify that price, and the CCXR Trevita does the job.
The Huayra Imola is a car that is entirely dedicated to speed. Pagani went to the length of even developing a special paint to finish the car in that saved 11 pounds of weight, to the end of achieving a dry weight of just 2,747 pounds. Combine that with 827 horsepower, and you end up with a car that is just about as formidable, unique, and extravagant as anything can get on the road.
As if Bugatti’s offerings weren’t serious enough, the Divo is just about as serious as any of their cars have ever gotten. While most Bugattis are known for being cars that reach incredible speed in a straight line, the Bugatti Divo is meant to dominate in the corners, as well. And with an elongated, more aerodynamic body increased downforce, and 1.6 Gs of lateral acceleration, that’s exactly what it does. With Bugatti always being at the forefront of performance, we had no clue that things could take a turn for the better.
The Bugatti Centodieci is an homage to a modern classic: the EB110. The 200+ mph icon of the 90s, combined with the body of work Bugatti has today can only make for a truly amazing, one of a kind, and inherently expensive car. There will only be 10 of these, which is unfortunate because nostalgia isn’t the only reason the Centodieci is amazing. It improves upon the Chiron, shedding nearly 45 pounds and adding downforce.
This breathtaking exclusive one-off Bugatti was inspired by the legendary Type 57 Atlantic of Bugatti’s earlier history. Bugatti sought to recreate the sophistication and mysticism of the Atlantic, but most importantly, the legend of the perfect car. With features that echo the Atlantic of old like six tailpipes and a dorsal seam across the middle, La Voiture Noire is unique to its core.
The Sweptail’s defining feature and namesake is the tapered rear end, appropriately evoking a yacht, and the sense of pure pleasure and luxury that only a Rolls Royce can offer. With a glass roof that extends from front to back, and wood and leather decorating nearly every interior surface, the Sweptail is just like a yacht, but maybe even better, hence it being priced like one.
The Pagani Zonda is, by itself, a car we know to be epic and historic in the world of supercars. Its completely distinct look, formidable Mercedes-Benz 7.3 liter V-12, and outstanding performance have made it a classic and a legend. That makes a car like the HP Barchetta the perfect way to do it justice. As if the Zonda wasn’t eye-catching enough, the HP Barchetta features rear wheels that are partially covered by a carbon fiber panel, and a roofless (and almost windshield-less) body design, hence the Barchetta name, making it truly deserving of the title of the most expensive car in the world of all time.