Not Just Any Old Car

Heard about this on the Wordpunk podcast (which I heartily recommend to those who like a bit of UK-oriented sf and tech chatter), and just thought it was kind of cool.  World’s most expensive car.

It’s a 1936 Bugatti, recently bought at auction for … wait for it … over $30 million dollars.  That, in case you were wondering, is a great big pile of money.  Can’t possibly be worth it, you might think, but of course anything is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it, and I do think it’s a rather wonderful hunk of metal.  Those 1930s designers (and 1920s ones, come to that) really had some fantastic instincts.

The other thing of note is that as soon as I saw it, my first thought was exactly the same as the guys on Wordpunk Radio: it’s the Batmobile!  Or at least it’s got a startlingly similar vibe to certain iterations of Batman’s ride in movies and cartoons over the years.  Shame there are apparently only 2 or 3 of these in the world.  A few more of them on our streets would add a veneer of spectacle and class.

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