What would you prefer: a supercar or a private jet? It turns out, you might only be able to afford one of them, as there are plenty of beautiful cars out there that will set you back more than a whole jet will.
Yes, that’s right–we have a collection of 20 supercars here which are more pricey than a private jet. Considering the cost of a private jet, that’s kind of crazy. When buying new, you won’t be looking at less than $1 million to get your own plane. As for buying second-hand, even tiny, old, and worn jets won’t go for less than $275,000 at a special sale price. More often, you’re still looking into the millions even to get a jet that has already flown all the way around the world without you.
Which begs the question of what kind of supercar might be worth more than something that can fly all the way around the world. As it happens, they tend to be pretty special. Be prepared to experience some serious car lust as you click through this article because every single one of them is going to make you salivate.
Don’t be fooled by the intense sting of jealousy that you'll feel as you imagine someone else driving them. After all, we’re always hearing about idiot billionaires trashing their million-dollar cars. Oh, wait... that made you feel worse? Sorry–read on!
20 Ferrari FXX: $2 m
This is a pretty expensive car, given the fact that it wasn’t even street legal. That’s right–anyone who dropped $2 million on one of these would only ever be able to drive it on a track. That’s a bonus in some ways, as it means you get a lovely car for those track days. There were more than a dozen special track events set up at the Fiorano test track just for drivers of this vehicle. They were also given private instruction on how to drive it as part of the price. But where would you store such a car? Well, it’s not a problem: the cost also included storage at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, so you could just come and visit it whenever you wanted.
19 Koenigsegg Agera S: $1.5 m
After the first model went on sale reportedly for $2 million, the Agera S then came along at a price of $1,520,000. It was released in 2014 and is a proud member of the over-1,000-horsepower club. The twin-turbo V8 engine generates 1,030 horsepower in total. There were two similar versions released: the S is a standard supercar, while the R can be driven on biofuels. But never mind the lack of flexibility in your fuels: the Agera S can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. That’s pretty impressive. Certainly, you’ll be getting your money’s worth with such a powerful beast. The only downside, as with most supercars, is finding a place to drive where you can really take advantage of all that power–and getting there without running out of fuel.
18 Koenigsegg CCXR: $1.2 m
This car was pretty notable at the time of its release because it was the first supercar ever to be considered FlexFuel. It's able to run on either gasoline or biofuel, depending on the driver’s preference. The innovation alone was probably enough to justify the $1.2 million price tag. Of course, that wasn’t the only perk that they offered to buyers. First of all, when you use biofuel, it adds 200 horsepower to the car, taking it up to 1,008 in total. Mind you, you'll only get about 11 mpg even when you’re using the biofuel. Still, the 4.7-liter twin-turbo engine makes it a lot of fun. Plus, the bodywork is quite nice to look at, and that’s an important factor for many buyers. Would you opt for a quick and powerful supercar even if you considered it to be ugly?
17 Bugatti Chiron: $2.5 m
You’ve heard of the Veyron, of course; the Chiron was considered to be its successor, and it didn’t do too badly at that. At a cool $2.5 million, what do you get with your money? It had a top speed of 261 mph, thanks to the Quad turbocharged 8-liter W16 engine. This was also what allowed it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. What else can we say about the Bugatti Chiron? Well, for one thing, it’s very, very shiny—like the kind of shiny that compels billionaires to buy a couple just for display in the garage. There aren’t many places in the world where you can get all the way up to 261 mph safely, but if you own one of these, you’re practically legally bound to find one.
16 Lamborghini Reventon: $1.4 m
Time for another heavily limited car. Just 20 Lamborghini Reventon cars were ever built–well, for sale, anyway. There were actually a grand total of 21 because they were so pretty that they couldn’t help but reserve one for the Lambo museum. These were very hard to get a hold of because they were only offered to people who had previously been loyal customers to the marque. It was one of the most expensive cars in the world at the time but still sold out before the production run was complete. It’s so powerful that they created a 3D panel on the dashboard to show your current G-force. As for the transmission, it shifts faster than a human driver would ever be able to. We’re sold already.
15 Pagani Zonda Cinque: $1.4 m
This is a seriously pretty supercar. It looks just like the kind of monster you picture in your mind when somebody says the word, all twisted silver and with fierce lines. Actually, the body is made from a mixture of carbon and titanium, and the car is actually street legal. It goes from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and can decelerate the same figures in 2.1 seconds (though it might give you a bit of neckache). Leather and carbon racing seats fill the interior. If you speak Italian, you might've spotted that the name means ‘five,’ and you’d be right in assuming that this means only five were ever made. They were snapped up pretty quickly because, well... just look at it. We would've.
14 McLaren P1: $1.1 m
This is one of those cars that quickly became a legend. The McLaren P1 has a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8 engine, which outputs 737 horsepower–perhaps not as impressive as some entries on this list but still a very handsome figure. The best part is the fact that it uses a hybrid system to bring more power into play, taking it up to 916 in total. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds thanks to all of those extra horses. With a very strong look, particularly in that iconic McLaren orange, it’s definitely a car to be reckoned with. The limited run sold out immediately, of course, and the number available has since dropped with a couple of reported write-offs. What a shame.
13 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport: $1.8 m
This price estimate might actually be a bit conservative, considering the fact that chassis #1 sold for $2.9 million in 2008. Those who attended the Gooding Pebble Beach auction got a real thrill, but getting your hands on one now might be a little more difficult. The original Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Coupe was already retailing for $1.5 million, so if you could afford that, it really made sense to go for the Grand Sport model instead. It had an open top and a tinted glass roof which was also removable and could be replaced with a fabric canopy in times of rain. However, there was one small flaw: the canopy could only handle speeds of 80 mph, but the car itself could manage 217 mph with a 1,001 horsepower engine.
12 Ferrari LaFerrari: $1.3 m
Well, here’s an iconic supercar if ever we saw one. Calling it after the marque itself has to be a mark of how much they enjoyed this one, although it may have been mocked for the repetition. It has 950 horsepower, with 789 coming from a 6.4-liter V12 engine and the rest from an electric motor. That’s right: this is Ferrari’s idea of an eco-friendly car. They may not quite have hit the mark there, but there’s still a lot to like about this model. Only 499 models were built—considerably more than some of the supercars on this list. For that price without the same exclusivity that others give, you’ll have to be a real Ferrari fan to get one of these.
11 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento: $2.2 m
What’s to like about this Lamborghini? Well, let’s start with the fact that only 20 were put into production–and, yes, all of them were spoken for before production even began. So, there must be something pretty special about it, right? It has a V10 engine with 570 horsepower but makes up for that by being super lightweight. Sesto Elemento is Italian for “sixth element” if you were wondering; it’s a reference to the matte carbon-fiber body, which has a very interesting appearance. This car is all angles, and it has a decidedly masculine feel to it, with sharp gashes in more than one place to give a dramatic finish. It’s one of those supercars that definitely divide opinion between those who love angles and those who don’t.
10 1955 Gullwing Benz: $4.62 m
Let’s start with something a little classy. This is a Gullwing Mercedes-Benz from 1955, which sold at auction for $4.62 million. That’s pretty impressive, and well into the range of a decent private jet. You can see why it was popular: the classic style, the silver paint job, the gullwing doors—they all add up to one hell of a car. You might not imagine this when you hear the word ‘supercar,’ but it definitely deserves a place on this list. Just look at that beauty. It belongs driving around the countryside on wooded roads with a suit-wearing gentleman at the wheel, preferably alongside an elegant woman with a silk headscarf. You would have to feel like the epitome of style when driving this around.
9 Aston Martin One-77: $1.6 m
Why is it called the "One-77"? Because Aston Martin only put out 77 of them. That’s right—this car is extremely limited. That’s one of the reasons why the asking price was so high, at over $1 million. All 77 cars were, of course, snapped up before the model was even ready, and there's a good reason for that. Aston Martin really knows how to put a beautiful car together that would look comfortable both on the road and on the racetrack. It has a front-mounted 7.3-liter V12 and a carbon-fiber body with aluminum panels that won plenty of awards for design. Since there are so few of them in existence, and some are bound to have been crashed by now, there’s very little chance of getting one of these even if you're a millionaire.
8 DeSoto Adventurer II: $1.43 m
If you aren’t satisfied with having the same supercar as everyone else, then perhaps you'd like to own the only one in the world instead. This concept car is totally unique and was built by Ghia. It has a Chrysler Imperial chassis combined with a Hemi V8 to give it a bit of oomph. It's a complete one-off, which has been trading hands between collectors since it was built in 1954. Morocco's King Mohammed V was reportedly interested in having one of them if they ever went into production, but sadly, they never did. Many car enthusiasts have bemoaned this fact over the last six decades. It's currently on loan from the most recent buyer to the Gateway Auto Museum in Colorado if you fancy taking a look.
7 W Motors Lykan Hypersport: $3.4 m
Alright, so what is it that can push a supercar’s price up from being the same as that of a second-hand private jet to that of a brand new one? Well, you only have to examine the W Motors Lykan Hypersport to find out. It has quite a lot of finishing touches that take the price up, even if you ignore things like the top speed of 240 mph. Its headlights are studded with diamonds, and the leather interiors are stitched with actual gold thread. You even get a Special Edition Cyrus Klepcys Watch costing more than $200,000 into the bargain when you buy one. It’s the first supercar to be made by an Arab company, and there were only seven made on the first production line, which makes this fairly exclusive, by all standards.
6 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: $4.5 m
Yes, it’s another Lamborghini. They sure do know how to make expensive supercars, and this one goes into the realm of unbelievable prices. It has a 6.5-liter 12-cylinder engine, which produces 750 horsepower and does 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds. A lot of commentators felt that the price was simply ridiculous given that it would be enough to buy seven Lamborghini Aventadors instead. However, there are only nine Veneno Roadsters in existence, which definitely pushed the price tag a bit higher. The lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced polymer body manages a top speed of 221 mph and has a 750-watt infotainment system with a 10-speaker sound system (oddly enough). You control that from a touchscreen, which is mounted on the windshield header—if that’s your kind of thing.
5 Aston Martin Vulcan: $2.3 m
This 800 horsepower V12-powered car is perfect for the track. Sadly, they won’t be appearing on a track for you anytime soon. Even if you could afford the $2.3 m price, there’s one more hurdle to cross: only 24 of the Vulcan were ever made. They were all claimed right away, of course, given the superiority of the brand and the power of the car. The super lightweight and high-powered driving experience is something that we all simply have to dream about instead. This is a great-looking car, too, with smooth lines across the sides and a giant rear spoiler for that extra performance on the straight. Even if you never get to drive one, perhaps just looking at it will be pleasure enough for now.
4 Ferrari F60: $2.5 m
When you get to a milestone birthday, it’s really important to celebrate it in style. Ferrari certainly knew how to do that. When the marque reached its 60th birthday, they released the F60. However, there were two problems for anyone who wanted to own one in addition to its astronomical price. Firstly, only 10 were ever made, making it hard to get your hands on one. Secondly, they were all sold out before Ferrari even publicly announced that they were being made. So, there’s that. It’s a great-looking car, which is a bit of a modification on their F12 coupe. It doesn’t have a roof, for one, and it has a different front end. The two-tone interior is standard and harks back to classic racing cars from the brand.
3 Pagani Huayra BC: $2.6 m
So, the bad news for collectors was that the only 20 cars made of the Pagani Huayra BC were sold pretty much immediately. Of course, the good news is that they also do a roadster version instead of the coupe. That means there’s still a chance of finding one, albeit not this exact example. Your $2.6 million buys you a lot of extra carbon-fiber and aerodynamic construction, much more so than the ‘normal’ Huayra. It's very lightweight and also very high-powered, so driving it is more than a little crazy. Anyone with suspected heart problems or who might be pregnant should definitely not put themselves behind the wheel. This is one of the nicer supercars to watch with the sun going down, giving it almost a poetic look.
2 McLaren P1 GTR: $3.1 m
Oh, you thought that $1.1 m was a bit much to pay for the P1? Well, guess what: the P1 grew up into a GTR model, and it got even more expensive. This car is about as exclusive as they come. One reason why it was hard to get a hold of was the fact that McLaren didn’t really put it on general sale. Instead, they offered it to buyers who already had a P1. It’s incredibly expensive for a track car, but it's cute when a few of them all get together for a track day at once. Imagine paying this much for a car, with the P1’s original price stacked on top, going to a track, and finding out that everyone else is driving the same car, too. That must sting a little.
1 Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio: $3 m
With just six of the car ever made, the Pininfarina Sergio is pretty exclusive. It's made even more exclusive by the price tag of $3 m, which puts it up into a category which most people will never be able to afford. Think of this supercar as a Ferrari 458 Spider with the inside and outside changed around a bit to look cooler. It’s an illustrious model from one of the most sought-after car brands in the world, so you’d be very lucky to even see one of these in person. As for touching it or even driving it, there’s really not much chance of it happening in your lifetime unless you're extremely well connected. You might even be one of the six lucky owners–though it’s highly unlikely since you'd be in your garage staring at it rather than browsing the internet.