The Rolls Royce Wraith that rappers like to brag about owning? It’s a veritable hooptie in comparison to Bugatti’s “La Voiture Noire” model, whose sticker price is $18.9 million ($12.5 million before taxes), a price that makes it the world’s most expensive car. Built by the French automaker to celebrate its 110th anniversary, the one-off model was built as a homage to Bugatti’s Type 57SC Atlantic, a model built during the ’30s with only a total of four made.
Commenting on “La Voiture Noire.” Bugatti designer Etienne Salomé stated, “Every single component has been handcrafted and the carbon fibre body has a deep black gloss only interrupted by the ultrafine fibre structure. This is a material that has been handled perfectly. “We worked long and hard on this design until was nothing that we could improve. For us, the coupé represents the perfect form with a perfect finish.”
While the black car is highly pricey, its performance abilities are modeled after Bugatti’s 1,500 horsepower 16-cylinder engine Chiron, which is priced at a more affordable $3 million. The price for “La Voiture Noire” is in part driven by the fact that there was only a single model made, and while the vehicle’s construction won’t be completed for another two-and-a-half years, Bugatti had no problem lining up a buyer, who has chosen to remain anonymous.
As insanely expensive as the car is, based on historical trends it’s price should appreciate nicely in the coming years. Case in point, the three (the fourth has gone missing) Type 57SC Atlantic models that inspired the car are estimated to have a worth of more than$50 million, according to Hagerty Insurance, a company that sets car values.
Check out official images of the mean and clean “La Voiture Noire” below.