The world of supercars is different. It’s just like the world of the rich elite. Nothing is average at that level. That term is despised, kicked and detested a little more before it’s completely killed. Instead, everything is done graciously, more opulently, more leisurely and more passionately. While the exterior stylings can vary, the engineering of such cars is always a marvel, a feat that also inspires other manufacturers to do better.
However, the very thing that makes these cars unique is also the thing that drives the production cost upwards with no hints of limit. The assembly line is unique; the parts are unique; the engineering is unique, which by the way, sometimes requires several years of advanced planning—so another department where expense accrues; and the production numbers are limited, meaning each car will have to have a price markup to account for the money lost because everything was so specific. Of course, the more exclusive the production run, the higher the price.
Interestingly enough, the world of supercars is expanding. According to Jalopnik, Ferrari, for instance, reported that its sales target had been reached a year earlier. It sold a whopping 9K vehicles in a year, a number which was expected to have been achieved in 2019. Turns out, the number of billionaires and millionaires is increasing.
So let’s check out if those rich people can afford these rare supercars.
20 BUGATTI VEYRON JEAN BUGATTI EDITION
Starting off this list is a Bugatti. The Veyron made history. Seriously, while it’s difficult to pinpoint one car as the best car in the car-enthusiast world, things become much easier when it’s the Veyron that’s being considered. I personally don’t know of any other car that inspired someone to write a book after it. I know of an individual who wrote a book to condemn several cars—Ralph Nader criticizing the living life out of Chevy from the ‘70s—but that’s not exactly a book praising the worthiness of a car.
Here we are not, of course, talking about the standard Veyron, talking instead about the Bugatti Veyron Jean Bugatti Edition, named in honor of the son of founder Ettore Bugatti. These cars were rare, but we are not sure how rare; some sources say only three were scheduled (moneyinc.com), while others say 150 were scheduled to be produced (automobilemag.com). Nonetheless, both are relatively rare. These things cost $3M apiece.
“Jean became head of the company when he was 27 years old. But he was killed while testing a Bugatti race car when he was 30. He had created the great Atlantic 57SC, and it is for this reason that the Veyron which bears his name is inspired by this design,” (moneyinc.com).
19 MCLAREN F1
Ooh, a McLaren. This car is dangerous. You should watch it breaking the speed-record on YouTube, and you’ll see what I mean. It’s roar, power, some more roar, handling, sweat, more roar, throttle, focus, commentary, turn, more roar, even more roar and even more… Until the digital speedometer yells 240.1 mph. That’s what making history sounds like, if you were curious. The previous record for top speed from a production car was held by the Jaguar XJ220 (217.1 mph). McLaren F1 beat it in 1998. Not a lot of cars have what this lineup has. The exterior is obviously supercar-like, but it’s the personality of how the doors open that matters, how the engine hood and the panels open and look that matters, how the gold-shielded engine appears that matters.
Only 106 were ever made. Back in the days, they were priced at $815K, but now, $15M shouldn’t be a surprise.
“An absolutely pristine and particularly special 1995 silver McLaren F1 just found its second owner at the Bonham’s Pebble Beach auction. The dreamer’s dream example of the McLaren F1 sold for a whopping $15,620,000 including premium and fees in Pebble Beach on Friday, according to the Bonham’s listing,” (Jalopnik).
18 ASCARI KZ1
Named after the initials of the Ascari manufacturing owner, the Ascari KZ1 was another rare sports car. These cars were produced from 2005-2010, and while the number of years might seem numerous, the output was limited to only 50 units total. Classicdriver.com states that each car required 340 hours of handcrafting by more than two dozen people. The exterior has a friendly design, so it’s not unfamiliar or extreme. The interior could have done better, as it doesn’t exactly match the supercar description, especially the center console, which looks inferior, if not flat out cheap. And according to evo.co.uk, the one from 2005 cost no less than $313K. That was 2005; they still made the car until 2010. It’s 2018 now. Just connect the dots. The car sells close to a million dollars, especially if it has low mileage.
Here’s evo.co.uk discussing the car: “To recap the specification, the KZ1 has a carbon fiber tub and body, a 500bhp version of the old BMW M5's 5-liter V8, dry-sumped and mid-mounted, a CIMA six-speed manual gearbox, double wishbone suspension and AP Racing brakes with anti-lock. It weighs 1300kg and claimed performance is zero to 60mph in less than four seconds and a top speed of 200mph.”
17 MASERATI MC12
Out of all the cars listed here, this one looks a little less curved and cut. Some of the other cars listed here have such a complex exterior styling that it’s difficult to discuss the details. But not this one. Of course, that is not to say this car is just your average car, just that its looks are more tamed. The hood is long, quite long, but is shaped nicely. The nose holds the Maserati logo, and the rear sports a look that’s exotic. And then there’s also an old-school spoiler in the back. The car was actually built on the chassis of the Enzo Ferrari, but as evident in a comparison of the two, the MC12 is longer, wider and has a sharper nose.
About 50 of these were made over two years of production, with each one pre-sold at $670K. We are not even sure what one would cost now, although $3M seems reasonable (motorauthority.com).
Here’s Jalopnik describing the car: “It has the same 5998cc V12, with 612 horsepower at a wonderful 7500 RPM and 481 lb-ft of torque at a lofty 5500 RPM. Redline was at 7700, per Maserati’s handout for the car. This was downrated from the Enzo. For what reasons? Unclear.”
16 FERRARI FXX-K
This car is just a mind-boggling piece of machinery. It was built from 2015-2017, and over those two years, 40 units were made. Now, Ferrari already had made the predecessor Ferrari FXX, so the Ferrari FXX-K was not an entirely new concept, although some things, like the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), were new in the FXX-K version (the “K” refers to the KERS).
Perhaps the gearhead in you was able to realize that the Ferrari FXX-K looks very similar to the LaFerrari. It does—with one of the major differences being in the pair of half wings in the rear—but Ferrari doesn’t hide that.
The 6.3L V12 (and the electric motor) churns out a whopping 1,036 ponies and 664 lb-ft of torque. According to digitaltrends.com, these sold for $2.7M.
C/D stated: “Freed from the tyranny of sanctioning bodies and their meddling rules and regulations, the FXX K will be a truly epic thing. According to Ferrari, the car ‘will never be used in competition.’ It will, however, play a central role in Ferrari’s research-and-development agenda for the next two years, after which, we assume, a small run of the cars will be offered for sale to a few people with rolls of cash next to their toilets and tiny pet giraffes.”
15 MERCEDES BENZ CLK-GTR
These things were built to compete in the FIA GT1 Championship in 1999; however, when the plans canceled, MB was still obligated to make 25 street-versions of these. And that’s exactly how many were ever produced and have been since 1999. I have seen one theme time and again: What you see from your couch is not real. So while you might look at a picture of the CLK GTR and think to yourself, “Wow, I wish I had this,” you'd better be careful what you wish. It was a race car for the roads, so it didn’t have much luxuries, despite what the exterior would have you believe (although, the exterior of this one in particular doesn’t give a luxury-vibe). Only leather and AC were offered. The exterior looks a bit lost, but hey, it was meant for the tracks.
The car was equipped with a 6.9L V12 that could take it to 214 mph, with the first 60 of those reached in 3.8 seconds.
Here’s what freeaddon.com has to say about this: “Back in the day, CLK GTR was the most expensive car ever produced at the time with a price of $1,547,620(USD), according to the Guinness Book of World Records.”
You can buy one for $2.7M currently (motorauthority.com).
14 PORSCHE 911 GT1
Here’s a Porsche. The story of this is similar to the one listed about the CLK GTR; it raced in the FIA GTI and because of the regulations, had to have 25 street-legal variants of itself. Produced in 1997, these cars had to become civilized significantly before they could enter the society. The Europeans also had emissions standards and, consequently, these were toned down to produce 537 horses from their 3.2L flat-6 twin-turbo; top speed was 191 mph. Those were enough ponies to propel it forward to 60 mph in less than 3.9 seconds.
The car was a mixture of the 996 and 993, explains R&T. The drivetrain came from the 996 and the chassis was taken from the 993. “Stand back and trace the car's silhouette, and you'll feel the tiny muscles around your eyes slightly tense at the incongruence of a 996's nose blending into a 993's roof and then to its wind-tunnel-dictated after body. Visually, the car's forward half is like a 911 mini-history lesson. A hybrid offspring of two generations of Porsche parents,” (R&T).
As far as the price is concerned, it’s hard to say. However, one of the Jalopnik writers found one selling for—ahem—$7M.
13 CIZETA-MORODER V16T
Depending on what you include, the count comes out to be either 21 or 22 (the latter includes the prototype). The car was the only car made by Cizeta company. It was actually made by a former Lamborghini employee. The car never got approved because its styling was a bit too radical and not in line with Lambo’s taste, the same Lambo which is known to produce cars with some of the most extreme designs. But besides the exterior, there was the engine that was eccentric too. Instead of going with what the manufacturers of the ‘90s put in their engine bay, this bad boy got the dwindling-in-popularity quadruple flip-ups (Jalopnik). In 1991, one of this would have cost you $300K, and now it will cost you around $1M-2M, if not more.
Here’s what topspeed.com has to say about it: “The Cizeta was a more radical interpretation of the Diablo, featuring significantly wider fenders with horizontal strakes, a canopy-like roof and glasshouse, and a more aggressive front section. As a result, the car was considered what the Diablo would have looked like had Chrysler not intervened. However, Gandini’s design was slightly altered by Zampolli as well, especially the rear section.”
12 LAMBORGHINI SESTO ELEMENTO
While the name of this one might sound a bit weird, after some explanation, it makes sense. The “Sesto Elemento” means the “sixth element” in English, which is referring to the atomic number of none other than the famous carbon atom. It’s an homage to carbon for helping build the carbon-extensive (aka carbon fiber) cars.
The car was built in the middle of the year 2011. As expected, before the production had begun, the units were already bought by a select few. Twenty select few, to be exact. Check it out, each unit was sold for $2.92M. No other Lambo had been as expensive as the Sesto Elemento at that time. Current prices start around $4M, judging by the ads. The car looked like a typical modern Lambo. Though I must admit, the 2.7-second 0-60 time is astounding.
Jalopnik actually expressed cynicism at that time: “It's really hard to say anything bad about a car that weighs virtually nothing and makes 570bhp, but still, it leaves us with a sense of being conned. I mean, anyone could commission a carbon monocoque gewgaw then write down a bunch of fictional numbers in a press release. Maybe if it didn't look like a Gallardo wearing tacky tuner body kit we'd be more interested. A Reventon this is not.”
11 BRISTOL FIGHTER
The name of this thing itself sounds aggressive. Bristol Fighter. “What do you drive?” “Oh, me? A Fighter, Bristol Fighter." It sounds like it’s some sort of a fighter jet. And you would be correct if you had thought that. There was a WWI fighter, reconnaissance aircraft called Bristol F.2 Fighter; it was commonly referred to as just Bristol Fighter. The car looks pretty sleek, and as you can tell from the elongated hood, the engine is in the front. Nonetheless, all the power goes to the wheels in the back. Despite being a British car, the car actually has the V10 of the Dodge Viper, although it wouldn’t exactly be a supercar if the engine was not modified. Autocar.co.uk states that less than a dozen of these things had been built. The car cost somewhere around $305K in 2006, but current prices range from $500K-$1M.
“Bottom line? I was sincerely impressed by the Bristol Fighter. It was remarkably capable and competent for a model of which less than a dozen have been built. This old airplane company really can build a modern car, and (evidently) one with enough individuality and performance appeal to attract people with car collections, who just want something entirely different” (autocar.co.uk).
10 ALFA ROMEO 33 STRADALE
Unlike a few cars here, this one is rather old, and the car manufacturer is also a little different. The 33 Stradales derive from a racing counterpart. The exterior of the car deserves some discussion. You have to search for the grille in this beauty. It’s kind of on the floor and small, which is not a bad thing necessarily. And then you have those two little vents that are on top of the hood right underneath the windshield. Of course, you pay no attention to either of those because of the massive headlamps, but they do exist.
Top Gear explains the rationale for such a design. It was built during a time—1968—when aesthetics took precedence over aerodynamics.
However, Top Gear further adds, “That said, under the skin, this car marked Alfa’s first attempt to integrate racing technology into a road car, making it resolutely not just a pretty face. The race-bred engine was a 2.0-liter dry sump V8 with an aluminum block and fuel injection – all contemporary technology back in 1967. It meant the Stradale was able to match a Muira or Daytona for performance, which was no mean feat.”
The cost of a new 33 Stradale was $120K of current times; be ready to shell out $3M in 2018.
9 ZENVO ST1
The name “Zenvo” is not that common in the car world, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t sound familiar to you. This Danish car company started rolling out the first batch of the ST1 in 2009. The production run lasted until 2016. The car looks futuristic, and if I could name a US-equivalent of this car, I’d have to say the 2017 Ford GT. However, as you can see, the resemblance is rather weak.
The car is exotic and powerful, with the 6.8L V8 producing more than 1,100 horses. It can do the 0-60 trick in 2.69 seconds. That’s a highly specific time (referring to the second decimal place), but it’s also pretty quick. With the entire car being almost completely handmade—so only 15 were made—the price tag of $1.8M seems reasonable (Jalopnik and freeaddon.com). You can find one for a similar price in 2018.
Here’s Jalopnik with interesting tidbits: “Top Gear reviewed the ST1 two episodes ago and found that 1) the car had condensation forming over the taillights, 2) the brakes and clutch gave out, and 3) the car caught fire. When the car was fixed from the fire, the Stig set a lap time slower than an M5.”
Zenvo sued back, but Top Gear had already done the damage.
8 KOENIGSEGG ONE:1
The reasoning behind the name of this thing is pretty cool. The “One:1” refers to the power-to-weight ratio. So, for each one kg that the car weighs, it gives an equal number of horsepower. And it weighs 1360 kilograms. That’s a neat thing to be able to do, no? It should be noted that this is technically classified as a megacar, instead of the boring old supercar. The exterior looks exotic. The only way you know it’s a car is because it has four wheels and sticks to the ground, but I can’t guarantee the same once it reaches its top speed of 248 mph.
The interior is well-appointed to say the least, although it’s not exactly shocking, honestly, as I think the two Bugattis have a better center-console design. Nonetheless, with only six of these made with a base price of $2.4M, it’s one of the rarest cars.
Here’s Jalopnik explaining how the car came about: “Koenigsegg's current offerings, the Agera R and Agera S, are not what you'd call tame, boring, cars. They make upwards of 1,000 horsepower and are lightweight. In other words, they are a handful. But a few years ago, Christian heard rumors of what was coming from Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren. He wanted to be prepared with something that could take them on.”
7 LAMBORGHINI VENENO
This is the highest-priced car from Lambo so far. You can look at the car from afar, and easily tell it’s a Lambo. And if it wasn’t blatantly clear, the car was based on the Aventador, in celebration of Lambo’s 50th anniversary. The 750-HP, 6.5L V12 roars past 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, which, although is not absurd from this article’s point of view, is just ludicrous in the grand scheme of car things. Only five of these were made, with two being held back in the factory, meaning, three cars found posh garages. The car looks exotic and toxic; curves, cuts, and wedges make it look like it can do whatever it wants to do.
While the car sold for $4M per piece when it was produced in 2013, current prices are as high as $9.5M.
Here’s what Jalopnik had to say: “Well, it looks like that design era is over and the Veneno thoroughly brings back the crazy wings, vents, and angles of the Countach era. … Oh, and it supposedly has a 750 horsepower 6.5-liter V12 with a top speed of 220 miles an hour and a 0-62 time of under three seconds.
6 PAGANI ZONDA REVOLUCION
Car manufacturer Pagani isn’t as famous as some of the other manufacturers in the world, but it’s an astonishing manufacturer. The Zonda Revolucion is a supreme beauty. When you swing open the doors, they act no heavier than a regular car’s fuel-filler flap. Of course, the sturdiness exists, but is just not experienced by the senses; only if you happen to get into an accident would you realize it was always present, but never sensed by you. The interior is not ordinary at all. It’s structured with the track in the mind, so you’ll find the cabin to be somewhat busy, but highly function-oriented. No button is present there just for being there; it has a purpose, a mission—to give you the best experience possible.
All that doesn’t come easily to everyone, especially when only five were ever built, each costing near-$3M. Current prices are similar.
“As ever with Pagani, inside and out, from the tip of its front splitter to the trailing edge of its vast rear wing, beneath the clamshells and even in the crannies you can’t see, the detailing is exquisite and the finish impeccable. The Zonda R looks too good to drive, and Horacio Pagani says that some owners will put them in their living rooms, end of,” writes evo.co.uk.
5 MCLAREN F1 LM
There was the McLaren F1, and then there’s the F1 LM. This beast was made as an homage to the McLaren F1 GTR, which had won the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans (the “LM” in the name stands for Le Mans). The chassis of the F1 LM is derived from the standard F1 chassis, but the engines were built with the F1 GTR in mind.
Here’s R&T discussing the car some more: “While the 95 GTRs were basically road cars made race legal, the LMs were done the other way around, resulting in significant weight savings, various aerodynamic modifications, and an upgraded engine and gearbox setup. Because of the additional drag created by their massive fixed carbon wings, they didn't have a higher top speed than regular F1s, but with a weight of 2341 pounds and 680 horses, they got there much quicker, and also cornered like a dream.”
Produced in 1995, the beast was equipped with a 6.1L BMW S70/2 V12 that produced a whopping 680 horses. This was similar to the F1 GTR’s engine, minus some of the restrictions of the those. The car managed to do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and had a top speed of 225 mph. Price? Around $1M during that time, though with only five units produced, $7M-11M isn’t out of range nowadays.
4 YAMAHA OX99-11
Yamaha got into the supplying game in 1989 when it started providing engines in F1. As is the natural history with a lot of car manufacturers, Yamaha learned from the experience and decided it wanted to make an astonishing car of its own. Lo and behold, it built an engine but was not happy with what the overall design of the car looked like after the Germans helped design the car. Then it went to another company, which designed a single-seater. Yamaha was not happy. One dispute after another, Yamaha was forced to complete the project with the help of an internal department, but this time it was given a deadline. Unfortunately, the economy wasn’t favorable, and Yamaha was afraid it wouldn’t be able to get enough interested buyers to offset the costs of production. In 1992, this car had a price tag of $800K; it would be somewhere around $1.5M-2M now (carthrottle.com).
“Naturally, the car’s rather dramatic aluminum bodywork is what’ll catch your eye first, but delve a little deeper, and you’ll find that it’s highly unconventional under the skin too. Its carbon fiber tub features a central seating position under a fighter jet-style glass canopy (which opens in a gullwing fashion), but as Yamaha didn’t want a single-seater car, there’s a second ‘tandem’ seat behind it,” (carthorttle.com).
3 CHRYSLER ME412
There were only two of these produced, and one of them was actually the auto-show version. The design is gorgeous, although the Chrysler badge on the front takes a while to digest. It’s a supercar and Chrysler. And maybe those two words won’t ever be tolerated together. “Then how did this happen?” you wonder. Well, back then, the company was under the tutelage of MB, so that’s how this missile was fired. As Jalopnik indicates, the merger was a failure by current standards, despite its leading to the production of some decent cars, including Pacifica SUV and 300C sedan.
The show version was impotent, but the other unit was a working-prototype that came out after just four months of work. And it worked. However, no more cars were produced after those two. Here’s why from Jalopnik: “Sadly, the car was killed off in 2005. The Detroit News reported at the time that an internal study revealed the car would have cost hundreds of millions of dollars to develop at a time when Chrysler was still rebuilding, and those costs could not be justified. Chrysler aficionado site Allpar says that the car would have been much faster than the Mercedes SLR McLaren but more expensive to develop, which apparently rankled the higher-ups at Mercedes.”
While current price would be $2-4m, back then it was only an estimated $450k (carstyling.ru).
2 NISSAN R390 GT1
So first of all, this car was derived from a racing car that has the same name. The road-going car was essentially a detuned version of the racing car and was produced in 1998. The car looks pretty neat, with the exterior of the car having a flatter and fuller look. A total of two of these were ever produced. One of them is actually sitting inside Nissan’s own museum, and according to the supercarworld.com, the world is pretty much clueless about the whereabouts of the second one.
Although that website states that initially the car was up for sale for $1M. This thing was produced in 1998, so 20 years later, the car is bound to sell for $3M-7M, if not more.
One of the Jalopnik writers actually talked about how this car doesn’t get the much-deserved love: “The Nissan R390 is still left somewhat in the shadows. It was the road-going homologation special for Nissan’s mid-90s GT1 program for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a race it never won. It should not be forgotten that this is a carbon-tub car with a twin turbo VRH-code V8. That VRH engine, amazingly, formed the basis for every new McLaren V8 of their current era.”
1 FERRARI P4/5
Here's the ultimate, rarest car in the world. With this one here, you can forget the above entries. Above, there was at least a fight; here, it’s just pure bliss, victory. There’s no fight here. How could there be a fight when a car is specifically produced for one person only? There’s no ifs and buts. All that exists is a designer and an owner. The rest watch. There’s no chance to have it, to even think about it, because the details were already done months in advance.
The exterior doesn’t matter, the interior doesn’t matter, and, indeed, at this level of rarity, nothing matters. Just the fact that the car was specifically made for just one person for $4M. It’d be hard for the owner to sell the car to someone else.
Here’s freeaddon.com explaining more about the car: “The car interior was specifically redesigned to become suitable for him and his family. The interior and the car control were also enhanced to make it easier to ride. It also includes an iPod nano stereo and a tablet PC featuring GPS and the car’s 3D model. The exterior is also redesigned so that it is more stable and has more aerodynamics than the original Enzo.”
Sources: msn.com, ebay.com, freeaddon.com