If you believe a car’s sole purpose is to take you from A to B, then click away now. Seriously, if you don’t appreciated cars for their design, for their cultural cache, for the way they make you feel, you need not read on.
But, if you appreciate these cars for more than their practicality, then this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed may be of interest to you. For, as well as the usual pageantry, pomp and ear-blisteringly loud racing, there are also a selection of the world’s best modern supercars up for auction. These are four-wheeled pin-ups, and guaranteed to bring out the wide-eyed schoolboy in all of us.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, from £1.6 million
The world’s fastest street-legal production car, with a top speed of nearly 267mph, is a contender for the top lot in an already hot-contested auction. With only 550 miles on the clock, there is much enjoyment to be had from this car still, and boasting one of the most recognisable silhouettes in the automotive industry, it’s a vehicle that can turn heads even when passing by in the blink of an eye.
As you’re probably aware, the Veyron was the brainchild of Ferdinand Piech, the CEO of the Volkswagen group in 1998 when they purchased the Bugatti brand. Creating a car that had 1000 horsepower, could reach 250mph and cost €1 million was no easy feat, and took seven years of tireless work and research, but the car has taken the supercar world by storm since its launch. It’s peak excess, and that’s why we love it.