There are expensive cars, and then there are really expensive cars. The top 10 most expensive cars go beyond what most people think of as luxury cars. They aren’t just big and fast and pretty (or small, fast and pretty, as the case may be). This is the top of the crop, and each one of these high priced cars has something that makes it special. Or perhaps even several features that make it really special. These aren’t the cars that automakers hope to sell in mass numbers – in fact, quite the opposite. A lot of the most expensive cars are made by boutique automakers, although the mass-market manufacturers cans till provide some stiff competition. Whatever the make and model, these cars are how the designers and engineers show off their best-honed talents, reminding a lucky few car buyers (and the rest of us) that almost anything is possible given unlimited time, resources, and money. These cars are often built in very limited quantities, specifically to drive interest and demand. So, even those who can easily afford the most expensive cars still have to put in some effort to obtain one.

Chances are, you aren’t in the market for one of these expensive cars. But if you’re in the enviable position of trying to decide if any of these exclusive beauties deserves a spot in your stable, you probably already have a good idea of what you want. Maybe you have one of these high priced small cars already, and it’s in need of a companion. If you’re just reading this list to daydream, that’s fine, too. The good news is that, maybe over time, some of these exclusive and innovative features and design elements will trickle down to the brands’ more accessible, less expensive models. It’s been known to happen on occasion.