Car prices keep going up, with the average price of a new vehicle running $31,400 as of 2017. Although a hefty price tag for most regular people, that number pales in comparison to some of the fully-loaded, completely over the top cars produced by the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari and Hennessy. These often limited-edition (because hardly anyone can afford them) rides can run a buyer hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars!
For some, owning expensive cars is less about having a status symbol to flash around, and more about a passion for automobiles in general. Comedian Jay Leno owns a jaw-dropping 169 cars (and counting, probably), the most valuable of which is a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe, estimated to be worth $1.8 million now that he’s poured a whole lot of dollars and TLC into it. Fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld also boasts a sick car collection in his $1.4 million Manhattan garage, although he tends to favor Porsches (must be nice).
It’s not all rainbows, however. Expensive cars mean pricey payments that actually need to be made on time, which is not something that some people excel at. Rapper Bow Wow failed to learn his lesson after his Ferrari F430 was repossessed, and wound up suffering the same fate when he missed payments on his $300,000 Lamborghini Murcielago. Even Jermaine Dupri, one of the biggest influencers in the rap music community, managed to lose his Lambo twice!
If you thought the monthly payment on your 3-year old minivan was bad, wait until you see these jaw-dropping numbers. How much do you know about the world's most expensive cars? Take the quiz and find out!
It's a $1.8 million car with a 7L V8 that weighs only 3,000 pounds, meaning it can get up and go.
And if you need repairs, you have to ship it back to the country of origin.
The weave-like finish sparkles in sunlight.
But at that price, do you really care? Only two of these beauties were built due to the expense and complexity.
It uses a hybrid powertrain with a single-speed fixed transmission.
The company plans to build this one with an 8-speed transmission and V12 engine.
For his 100th birthday, Lamborghini introduced this limited edition for about $1.9 million.
It is the most powerful production engine the company has ever made.
That may help explain the car's price tag, which is more than $8 million.
It is a bare-bones car made for quickness; it can make 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds.
This $2.5 million car can zip to more than 210 mph.
It is a $2 million powerhouse that's built with all sorts of cutting-edge innovations.
It was built to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary.
Veneno means "venom" in Italian, and for most people the price would be poisonous to their lifestyles.
These are racetrack-only cars that cost around $3 million apiece.
Only 40 of these beasts were planned for manufacturing.
It is made by W Motors and costs around $3.4 million.
One of them appeared in the Vin Diesel film "Furious 7."
It's a fairly new model with a hefty price tag of $2.3 million.
The company says this model can reach a top speed of 278 MPH.
Be sure to buckle your seat belt before stomping on the accelerator of this one.
It's the first holographic system built into a car; you can, for example, change your stereo's settings using these controls.
It's a $2.5 million monstrosity with a 750 hp Mercedes-AMG engine.
And why not? He owns Cash Money Records, founded in 1991.
At around $2.6 million, the price is worthy of a deity as well.
With a 1,400 hp engine, It is named after the most powerful category of tornado.
A special edition Cyrus Klepcys watch, worth -- wait for it -- more than $200,000
The $1.2 million car hits 146 mph in only third gear, at which point you still have three to go.
It is a bargain-priced sports car with a V12 engine and fantastic reviews.
The "sixth element" is carbon; lightweight carbon fiber makes up much of the car's construction.