It didn’t take long for the car to become a little more than a practical and polluting means of transport. Humanity invented the wheel, thought a little later about adding a chassis and bodywork and just after that, the car became a brand of elegance and refinement, a huge jewel in which to sit and which must symbolize good taste and solvency. Some brands have relied on this function of the automobile and if the following names do not guarantee the fastest or most resistant vehicles, they remain the ones that really make you dream.
Henry Royce had made it very clear: “Seeking perfection in everything. Take the best of what exists and improve it. And when nothing exists, design it. It is quite tolerated to call a Rolls-Royce by its initials, the full name being quite complicated to pronounce.
The cars still built by hand can be counted on the fingers of your hand. The Bentleys are one of them. This is also the case for the Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti and Ferrari, which are included in this ranking. These are names that don’t reflect mediocrity.
The brand with the prancing horse is legitimately on the podium of this ranking. Its F1 performance combined with its luxury image have given it a solid reputation with the public over the years. Its models are still quite inaccessible in terms of price.
The brand was not intended to appear in such a ranking. Originally a successful tractor manufacturer, Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to satisfy his true ambition: to build beautiful cars that could compete with Ferrari and Maserati. Mission accomplished!
The takeover by Fiat in 1987 could have turned into a disaster with its desire to marry rivals Maserati and Ferrari. Finally, Maserati has kept its letters of excellence and is now in fifth place.
Lionel Martin, an experienced driver, came up with the idea of the name “Aston Martin” following his victory in the Aston Clinton hill climbs in 1913. 1913 was also the year that Lionel Martin’s first car was born, long before James Bond took over the driver’s seat.
“Nothing is too beautiful, nothing is too expensive.” Ettore Bugatti had announced the colour. He could have added “Nothing is too fast”. The Bugatti Veyron Supersport below is the fastest in the world.
The Spyker brand was destined for a bleak future after its bankruptcy and closure in 1926. However, the brand was bought a few years later to become Spyker Cars and has been trying to live up to its motto ever since: for the tenacious, there is no road that cannot be crossed.
The Pagani brand does not have the seniority of the other brands in the ranking, but the various experiences of its director, Horacio Pagani, within Lamborghini or at the head of Modena Design, have given it a solid reputation in the automotive world.
The Swedish manufacturer has always had a wish in mind: to create cars that are fast and adapted to the urban area. There is a desire that has led to the inclusion of certain models of the brand in the ranking of the most expensive cars in the world and the fastest.