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.