10 of the Worlds Most Expensive Cars

1953 Jaguar XK120-C

The rarest Jaguar in the world was a race car produced from 1951 to 1953.

The “C” stands for “competition”.

A total of 53 C-Types were built, 43 of which were sold to private owners mainly in the US.

The car won Le Mans twice.

Price: £8.4 million ($13.2 million)

2017 Rolls-Royce Sweptail

The Rolls is one of the most expensive new cars in history.

A one-off handmade luxury automobile using the same platform as the phantom.

It weighs 5644 lbs (2560 kg).

The 6.75l W12 twin turbo engine produces 453 bhp.

0-60 in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

Price: £9.8 million ($13 million)

2019 Bugatti La Voiture Noire 

The La Voiture Noire is a one-off special based on the Chiron.

The design of the car harkens back to the Type 57 Atlantic SC.

The car has a hand-built body made from carbon fibre designed by Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé.

The La Voiture Noire will be powered by the same 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine from the Chiron having the same power output figures but the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the all-wheel-drive system are heavily revised in order to allow for a more relaxed driving experience.

0-60 under 3 Seconds.

1/4 Mile under 10 Seconds.

Top Speed TBD.

Price £14.3 million ($19million)

1927 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Kellner Coupe

Between 1927 and 1933 there was only 6 Bugatti type 41 Royale Kelner Cupe were built.

Bugatti Royale only sold 3 out of 7. The huge 12 litre v8 engine that’s 4.6 feet long did not convince the royals of Europe to part with their hard “earned” cash.

Price: £15.3 million ($20.3 million)

1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin’s DB4 GT car was improved in Italy, at the Zagato factory. Produced between 1960 and 1963.

The factory planned to produce 25 cars, but demand was not as strong as expected and production was reduced to 20. There are even less in the world today.

The 3.7-litre aluminium twin-spark straight 6-cylinder engine produced 314 hp and had a 0 to 60 mph 6.1 seconds and a top speed of approximately 154 mph.

Price: £9.8 million ($13 million)

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 

Aston Martin built five DBR1s between 1956 and 1959 and none of them were sold to the public.

The DBR1 won both the Le Mans 24 Hours races and The World Sportscar Championship in the same year.

The DBR1’s interior was designed as a no-nonsense spartan cockpit.

The original DBR1 was fitted with a 2.5-liter, inline-six alloy engine, however this changed over time to bigger variants .

Price: £17.5 million ($22.6 million)

1970 Porsche 917

The Porsche 917 is a sports car prototype.

The car gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1970 and 1971.

It weighed only 1764 lbs (800kg) and its engine components made of titanium, magnesium, and other lightweight alloys had been developed exclusively for one purpose – saving weight which in turn meant this thing could fly.

Powered by the Type 912 flat 12 engine of 4.5, 4.9, or 5 litres, the 917/30 Can-Am variant was capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds. 

The long tail Langheck version had a maximum measured top speed of 362 km/h (225 mph)

Price: £10 million ($14 million)

1995 McLaren F1 LM

Designed by Gordon Murry and Peter Stevens The LM is a track oriented version of the McLaren F1.

Built to honour the five McLaren F1 GTRs that competed and finished in the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours in first, third, fourth, fifth and thirteenth places overall. 

Built on the standard F1 chassis and weighing in at only 2,341lb (1,062 kg).

The F1 LM uses the same 1995 F1 GTR BMW 6.1 LV12 but without the race restrictions. Producing 671 bhp.

0-60 mph (97 km/h) time of 3.9 seconds. 0-100 mph (161 km/h) in 6.7 seconds.

It was once the holder of many world records, including the 0-100-0 mph record it completed in 11.5 seconds.

Price: £15.1 million ($19.8 million)

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California SWB Spider

Ferrari made some 106 California Spiders in the late 1950’s and early 60’s.

The California Spider was built essentially built at the request of American clients.

Based on the 250 GT Berlinetta Tour de France, the 250 GT California SWB came with a convertible top for enjoyment of the California weather.

There were just 56 SWB units produced, 37 were finished with the ‘covered headlights’.

The 250 had a 3.0-liter engine V12. Early road-going versions of the 250 produced 217 horsepower this increased to 280 over time.

DJ Chris Evans say the Ferrari California Spider is ‘the most beautiful car ever created’.

Price: £13.6 million ($18 million)

1964 Ferrari 250 GTO

Produced by the Ferrari from 1962 to 1964.

“GTO” stands for Gran Turismo Omologato, Italian  for “Grand Touring Homologated.”

Just 36 of the 250 GTOs were manufactured between 1962 and 1964.

Buyers had to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari.

The interior of a 250 GTO reflects the car’s racing intentions. There is no speedometer, carpets or headlining installed.

The exposed metal gate defining the shift pattern became a Ferrari tradition maintained in production models until the 2000s.

The V12 produces 302 horses and 246 pounds feet of torque.

0-60 in 5.4 seconds.

Top speed 174mph .

Price: £53 million ($70million)

1935 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic Chassis no. 57453

Only 4 type 57 SC Atlantics cars were built between 1936 and 1938.

The model is named in honour of Bugatti’s friend Jean Mermoz. The pioneering aviator was the first to cross the South Atlantic by air. He did not return from a South Atlantic crossing in 1936.

Today 3 cars are know. However chassis no. 57453 is missing and could be in a barn somewhere in europe.

The car was delivered to Jean Bugatti in October 1936.

Chassis no. 57453 Known as “La voiture noire,” or “the black car,” was the sole coupe built with a supercharged engine at the factory’.

People have been searching for it, for over 80 years.

Bugatti’s double overhead-camshaft 3.3-liter inline-eight, produces 175 horsepower in naturally aspirated form and 200 horsepower in supercharged form.

Top speed of 123mph.

If found the car could be worth in excess of £70million or $100 million.

Below are a couple of fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s restored Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic.

Posted by John Holmes