For many people, getting behind the wheel of a brand new car is a rare and beautiful thing. However, for those that have plenty of cash to splash, there's a whole new world of opportunity.
For us mere mortals, cars that make your wallet sweat just by looking at the price tag are a thing of beauty but also something of a fantasy, meaning that pictures and the odd Top Gear special are about as close as you're going to get. But fear not, we've compiled a list of some of the most expensive, downright ridiculous, but heart-stoppingly beautiful, models around.
Ferrari LaFerrari – $1.3 million (£766,000)
Most of us are familiar with the process of buying or leasing a car, you walk into the dealers, find a car and get the keys – not for owners of Ferrari's LaFerrari. See, buying one of these babies is less like buying a car and more like auditioning for that killer part in the next Hollywood Blockbuster.
Far from you being behind the wheel, to get your hands on a Ferrari LaFerrari, the Italian car makers will let you know if they think you're good enough. With just 499 masterpieces crafted, much like a rare piece of art, it's up to the seller to decide whether you are worthy of one of these models.
Though not the most expensive car on the list, it gets an honourable mention just for the sheer arrogance of reversing the whole driver-dealer relationship.
Aston Martin One-77- $1.8 million (£1.08 million)
Aston Martins are the epitome of British style, and this model is enough to make James Bond salivate. With enough money to buy a small island in your pocket, you could get your hands on the Aston Martin One-77.
The British beauty comes with a roaring 7.3-litre V12 engine, which hands out 750 hp and delivers a top speed of 220 mph, taking you to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds – this supercar is just perfect.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse – $2.5 million (£1.47 million)
Billed as the fastest roadster in the world, the Veyron is an uncompromising and unapologetic model, and it looks it. The model was recorded as reaching 255.5 mph in April 2013 and just 400 have been sold in the nine years since its release, presumably as few people have budgets big enough.
Lamborghini Veneno – $4.5 million (£2.65 million)
For Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary, it pulled out all the stops and the Veneno is simply astounding and completely unattainable for the vast majority of the world.
Potentially the most beautiful supercar the world has ever seen, Lamborghini’s Veneno is what dreams are made of. This machine can hit 60 mph in a teeth-rattling 2.8 seconds and will look absolutely outstanding while it does it. Spanish for “poison”, the Veneno injects 750 horsepower and is capable of speeds in the region of 220 mph.
For those that don't quite have this much cash to splash, there is always car leasing, which can allow you to drive some incredible models for a fraction of the price.
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