10th August 2017
What cars we could get for Neymar’s £200m
News emerged this week that Paris St-Germain has signed Brazil forward, Neymar, for a world record fee of €222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona.
This got us thinking, what could you buy for £200 million, and more importantly, which cars would we be able to buy for the astonishing sum? We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite vehicles that we could buy with that huge sum of money.
1. Ferrari 250 GTO 1963 – £40m
Let’s start off with the most expensive car ever sold, the vintage Ferrari 250 GTO, built in 1963. There were only 39 of these cars ever made, and when one came to be resold in 2013, it became the most expensive car ever sold. The vintage Ferrari fetched a whopping $52 million, and with today’s exchange rate, that would result in a price tag at just under £40 million!
2. Aston Martin DB5 – £3.5m
Are you a fan of James Bond? With the £200 million you could also purchase the car that Sean Connery drove, as the secret agent, in both Goldfinger and Thunderball. This car is worth approximately £3.5 million, so only a fraction of the vast fortune. Unfortunately, the vehicle is now part of a private collection; however, we are sure the owner could be convinced to sell with an extra million or two.
3. Bugatti Chiron – £2m
Any list of dream cars wouldn’t be complete without the mention of a Bugatti and in this case, we’ve set our sights on the Chiron which comes in at just under £2 million. The Chiron’s top speed has been limited to just 261 mph on the road, although it’s unlimited top speed is believed to be around 288 mph.
4. 1954 Mercedes W196 – £22.5m
Back in an 2013 auction, the Mercedes W196 managed to fetch an impressive sum of $29.6. At today’s rate that would place the vehicle’s worth at just over £22.5 million! This particular vehicle was raced by five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio, it has won numerous Grand Prix and, at the time, was a world record price for a car sold, with the Ferrari 250 GTO 1963 knocking it off the top spot, later in the year.
5. Koenigsegg Regera – £1.5m
The Regera is built around a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 1,100 horsepower. It’s beautiful design, and its intricate attention to detail earns a place on our list and comes in at just under £1.5 million.
6. 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti – £28m
The Ferrari 335 Sports Scaglietti, similarly to the 250 GTO, fetched an extortionate amount at auction, in 2016. This particular vehicle was raced in the Sebring 12 Hours, through the Mille Miglia and eventually in Le Mans. It was sold for €32 million, which, when exchanged into today currency, comes in around £28 million!
7. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster – £2.8m
The Veneno Roadster is the most expensive production Lamborghini, on the road today. The Roadster comes with an impressive price tag of around £2.8m. This is down to a 740-hp, 6.5-liter V-12, with a seven-speed single-clutch ISR automated manual transmission.
8. 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta by Pinin Farina – £3.5m
At an auction, a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta by Pinin Farina, was sold for $4.62 million, which, at today’s exchange rate, would be worth just over £3.5 million. The vehicle was featured in the film, Lucky To Be A Woman, and was specifically designed to be used in special events. Only seven of these cars were ever made, adding to the rarity and value, each with 340 horsepower with a V12 engine.
9. 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Touring – £15.2m
In 2016, this Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider was sold for $19.8 million, approximately just over £15.2m. With a 2.9-litre straight-eight engine with dual supercharging, this particular 8C is one of 12 Touring Spiders ever to have existed. The vehicle is large, comfortable and surprisingly practical, making it well worth the money, right?
10. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM – £21.5m
Another entry that managed to fetch an impressive sum at auction, was the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM. This set records for the most expensive car sold in 2015 and most expensive car to be sold in New York City for the sum of $28,050,000, which is now just over £21.5 million. It was originally built for Juan Manuel Fangio to race, in the 1956 Mille Miglia, and is one of only four of its kind in existence.
11. McLaren P1 LM – £3m
The McLaren P1 LM became the most expensive new car in the world, in 2017, with the value of $3.7 million which comes in at just under £3 million. The vehicle has similar aspects to the McLaren P1 GTR and the McLaren F1 road car. Like the F1, the LM has gold plating in the engine bay and the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. Combined with the three electric motors dispersed between the engine and the rear wheels, the P1 LM produces an impressive 1000 horsepower.
12. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB – £21m
This 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB, was sold for $27.5 million at auction, pegging its value around £21 million. The vehicle is 1 of 10 Ferrari 275s built with an open-top, making it a rare collectable. Additionally, the particular vehicle sold was driven by Steve McQueen in the Thomas Crown Affair.
13. Lykan HyperSport – £2.5m
Built by W Motors, the Lykan HyperSport is legitimately the first Arab supercar. The HyperSport is supposedly the first car to have headlights with embedded jewels, plus titanium LED wiper blades that have a total of 420, 15-carat diamonds. It’s powered by a mid-rear mounted, twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six boxer that fires about 780 horsepower through the rear wheels. It can go from 0-62 in 2.8 seconds and has a blistering top speed of 240 mph. All this takes the final value of the car to around £2.5 million.
14. 1968 Ford Gulf GT40 – £8.4m
The 1968 Ford Gulf GT40, that was featured in the 1971 film ‘Le Mans’, was sold in 2012 for $11 million which translates now to around about £8.4 million. This makes the vehicle one of the most expensive cars ever to be featured on the silver screen and it still looks great at nearly 50 years old.
15. 1964 Ferrari 275 GBT – £20m
One of the three 1964 Ferrari 275 GBT to be sold at auction, went for an impressive $26.4 million, which comes in now, at around £20 million. Each of these vehicles were built with lightweight aluminium body work and a 316 bhp 3.2litre V12 engine.
16. The Batmobile – £3.5m
So you’ve bought all these rare and exclusive vehicles, but you still have a few million left, what should you get next? How about the original Batmobile?! Specifically, the one that Adam West drove, whilst he starred as the caped crusader, it was sold at auction in 2013 for $4.62 million, which is around £3.5 million. However, under the black paint and fixtures, the car itself is a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car.
With £200 million, we’ve managed to purchase a variety of vehicles, with still some money left over… So with the remainder, we’d purchase space to store these amazing cars, upkeep and fuel to keep them running. What cars would you choose to collect? Let us know via social media!