As the duPont REGISTRY, our rich experience and extensive knowledge base position us as a key player within the sphere of the most expensive cars ever. Over the years, we’ve been privileged to witness, review, and appreciate an astounding array of automobiles – each boasting eye-watering price tags that attest to their unprecedented engineering and meticulous craftsmanship.
Our understanding of this elite sector of the automotive market has led us to curate a list of the top most expensive cars in the world. Importantly, these prices reflect the original asking price set by manufacturers, excluding auctioned pieces or privately sold vehicles, which often attract additional premiums due to their rarity, condition, or historical significance. This illustrious compilation celebrates the best from a broad spectrum of global automakers, ranging from the Italian giants such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, the elegant British marque Rolls-Royce, to the engineering maestros of Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Pagani and more.
These prestigious manufacturers, famous for their iconic models such as the Rolls-Royce Ghost, continually demonstrate their unwavering commitment to creating awe-inspiring vehicles. They routinely redefine the epitome of ultra-luxury, advancing boundaries of opulence and indulgence in automotive design and technology. Our carefully curated list spans the gamut of automotive luxury, featuring an impressive array of world’s most expensive cars, each with its unique allure. We invite you to delve into this elite collection and feast your eyes on these magnificent specimens of automotive artistry.
As of our most recent update, we’re delighted to reveal that the title of the world’s most expensive car in the world is proudly held by the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail. With a staggering price tag of $28 million, this masterpiece embodies the pinnacle of automotive extravagance. Please note that our list is dynamic, continually updated to reflect the release of newer and even more luxurious – and expensive – cars into the market. As such, you can rest assured that the information provided here is as up-to-date as it gets in the realm of automotive luxury.
25. Mercedes-AMG One – $2.5 million
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. At the end of 2021, we are still waiting on the production of the AMG ONE to begin but spied test cars point to deliveries being imminent. Expect this one to be an absolute hit of a hypercar.
24. Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 – $2.5 million
The 2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 was unveiled in August 2021 as a limited-production hybrid that would carry a price of $2.5 million. Its modern interpretation of the classic supercar has excited many collectors, as well as fans of the original. If there’s a new Countach variant in the future, it would surely be a more expensive one.
23. Ferrari F60 America – $2.6 million
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?
22. Aston Martin Valkyrie – $2.6 million
Source: Aston Martin
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.
21. Ferrari LaFerrari FXX-K Evo – $2.7 million
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.
20. Koenigsegg Jesko – $2.8 million
Anyone who has the privilege of opening the “dihedral synchro-helix” doors of a Koenigsegg knows that something incredibly powerful (and incredibly costly) 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.
19. Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio – $3 million
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.
18. Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport – $3.3 million
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.
17. Mansory Vivere Bugatti Veyron – $3.4 million
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.
16. W Motors Lykan Hypersport – $3.4 million
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This car became quite notorious when it was seen skyscraper-hopping in Fast and Furious 7, but the Lykan Hypersport is a notorious exotic 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.
15. Pagani Huayra Roadster BC – $3.5 million
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.
14. Lamborghini Sian – $3.6 million
The Sian is Lamborghini’s most bold and innovative effort 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.
13. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ – $3.9 million
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 300+ is capable of speeds above 300 miles per hour. For the chance to travel at that velocity alone, the price can easily be justified.
12. Lamborghini Veneno – $4.5 million
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.
11. Bugatti Bolide – $4.6 million
The Bugatti Bolide is what happens when one of the world’s most historic automakers goes all out for the sake of performance. When it was first revealed, Bugatti had planned for this hypercar to only be a study project, but later on, decided on a production run of 40 Bolide examples. The Bugatti Bolide is such a special car, in fact, that it was duPont REGISTRY’s November 2021 cover car. Each of these examples comes with a price tag of our million euros, or around $4.6 million USD.
10. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita – $4.8 million
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.
9. Bugatti W16 Mistral – $5 million
The new Mistral will be the last of the W16-powered Bugatti road-going models, marking an end to an era. Because of this, the Bugatti W16 Mistral will certainly be a collector’s car for decades to come. For those who got in early and purchased one of the 99 examples planned in the production run, the starting price was set at just over $5 million. It should be noted that all of those 99 examples were already sold when the Mistral was revealed in August 2022.
8. Pagani Huayra Imola – $5.4 million
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.
7. Bugatti Divo – $5.9 million
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 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.
6. Pagani Huayra Codalunga – $7.4 million
Just five examples of the new Pagani Huayra Codalunga will be created, so seeing one of the world’s most expensive cars out on the road will be an actual rare happening. This new model was created to be a tribute to the racing cars of the 1960s that were defined by the shapes created by the classic Italian coachbuilders. The most notable exterior feature of the Huayra Codalunga is the Long Tail that houses a twin-turbo V12 engine that produces 840 horsepower.
5. Bugatti Centodieci – $9 million
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.
4. Rolls-Royce Sweptail – $13 million
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 is priced like one.
3. Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta – $17.5 million
Source: Prestige Imports
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 being one of the most expensive cars in the world of all time.
2. Bugatti La Voiture Noire – $18.7 million
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. There are certainly many reasons as to what makes this one of the world’s most expensive cars, and it’s beautiful design and engineering is one of them.
1. Rolls-Royce Boat Tail – $28 million
What is the most expensive car in the world? The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail with a price tag of $28 million. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is regarded as the costliest car in the world. Coming from Rolls-Royce Coachbuild, it was inspired by everything nautical to be the highest priced car in the world. It includes Caleidolegno veneer on its “Aft Deck,” wrap-around windscreen and so many other nautical touches. In the rear is an area that opens up to reveal a hosting suite that includes everything you need for an al fresco dining experience. Rolls-Royce Coachbuild also included two BOVET 1822 reversible timepieces that can be used as dashboard clocks. Rolls-Royce also recently debuted the Boat Tail for the first first time at the Concours d-Eleganza Villa d’Este.