To buy a new car is a special thing. Specifying your ideal automotive expression carries considerable appeal. There are some manufacturers which bundle options into packages, and to get a certain feature, you are forced to buy that package. There are other manufacturers which offer more options “a la carte”, but these are generally more expensive. This “Top 5” list focuses not just on the expensive options, but rather, the “I have more money than I know what to do with” options.
Porsche 911, Leather-covered air vents: $1,710.00
We realize “the devil is in the details”, but come on. Will anyone but the owner notice there is leather in the slats of the air vents? Unless it’s a fellow Porsche-phile, the passenger is most likely to sit in the 911 and say, “Nice car!”
Ferrari 458, Smoker’s kit: $3,305.00
Despite an exhaustive search on the Internets, it’s nearly impossible to find exactly what constitutes a “smoker’s kit, besides a lighter and an ash tray. Even for a $300,000 car, that sounds like a ridiculous amount of money. Maybe it’s made of something special (insert endangered animal’s body part here).
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Carbon Fiber Cup holder: $3.533.00
It’s understandable for a car company to make a statement about a certain model being a driver’s car. The Viper didn’t even get a real cupholder until 2013. It’s also common for owners to go to the aftermarket for solutions. Ferrari is nice enough to save people the trouble of such lengthy and unfruitful searches, and they make sure it won’t add unnecessary weight to the car.
Rolls-Royce Phantom, Drinks cabinet in rear doors: $18,575.00
Modern residences are known for making efficient use of space. The people who buy Rolls-Royce Phantoms generally place less importance on sport suspension and manual gearboxes, and more importance on comfort in the back seat. Enter the dual hidden drinks cabinets. One in each door, they completely stow for safety and to leave clean interior lines. The benefit of not not driving yourself is that you can’t drink and drive, so these owners are actually performing a public service.
Bentley Mulsanne, Personal Commission-Satin Paint: $30,960.00
For a mere $30K, you can have any color you want, in satin paint. To most of us, that seems ridiculous, but you can’t put a price on individuality. Actually, you can, and Bentley did.
Now, we are sure there are much more expensive options out there, but these are actually available from the manufacturer. We will be planning on doing another of these lists, focusing on aftermarket tuners, furthering the money vs sense/taste argument. Let us know what you think about this list, and if there’s something we missed don’t hesitate to put it in the comments!