Forbes lists the world's top ten most expensive cars

Thanks to a number of publications around the globe we've become accustomed to so-called rich lists that rank the wealthy according to their respective fortunes, but now Forbes - one of the primary engineers of such countdowns - has produced a counterpart top ten which details the most expensive cars in the world.

The American business title has taken a number of liberties with its calculations to allow for future launches, but like all such lists it makes for an engrossing, gluttonous read.

Click below to check out their top ten (all prices converted from US).

10. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe - $447,000 (£288,518)

The fact that a Rolls Royce props up this list should prepare you for what's to come, but there's no doubting the lavish nature of the teak-decked V12 bruiser.

9. Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce - $455,400 (£293,940)

The Murcielago's final bow before it disappears for good. Just 350 of these carbon fibre cloaked rocket ships have been built.

8. Ferrari SA Aperta - $520,000 (£335,636) (estimated)

We saw this 599 GTO drop top at the Paris show and can testify to its muscular beauty. Forbes is guessing at the price tag, but with just 80 to be produced they're probably not too wide of the mark.

7. LeBlanc Mirabeau - $728,000 (£469,891)
Arguably the only thoroughbred track car on the list, this oddity from Switzerland is street legal despite being designed to meet FIA standards. There's a supercharged V8 beneath the 812kg body.

6. SSC Ultimate Aero - $750,000 (£484,091)

Unlike the relative obscurity of the LeBlanc the Aero originally earned its savage price tag with a singular claim to fame: it was once the fastest car in the world. The six figure sum buys you 256mph of American muscle.

5. Ferrari F70 - $870,000 (£561,545) (estimated)
Forbes has really taken a plunge into the unknown with this one. Not only is there no price for the Enzo successor, it hasn't even been officially announced. Still, we can all dream.

4. Pagani Zonda C9 - $1.3m (£839,091) (estimated)
There's no sight of this exotic offering yet either, but at least this one is definitely in the pipeline. Pagani has been ramping up the anticipation of its new supercar for some time as this latest teaser shows.

3. Maybach Landaulet - $1.405m (£903,636)
Yep, it had to get truly grotesque somewhere along the way didn't it? The Landaulet differs from other Maybachs in that it offers its fat cats an unhindered view of the sky in the back.

2. Koenigsegg Agera - $1.5m (£968,182) (estimated)

The Swedish brand's forthcoming follow up to its already bonkers CCX. Koenigsegg are thought to have endowed the car with another 100bhp to push it beyond 900bhp in the search for ultimate performance.

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport - Price: $2.6m (£1.7m)

No surprises at the top then. The most expensive (and happily, the quickest) car in the world is Bugatti's awesome Veyron Super Sport. Concocted to retake the production speed record, the 1,184bhp Bugatti is a deserving title holder.

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