The world's most extravagant car extras

Bentley buyers have the option of this diamond-encrusted clock

A personalised numberplate is a very visible way of making your car just a little bit special.

And while prices can go as high as tens of thousands of pounds, personal plates can actually be surprisingly cheap.

That's not the case, though, with some other added extras.

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"Targeting a market with more disposable income to burn allows car manufacturers to slip in pricier choices," explains a spokesperson for personalised numberplate dealer Regtransfers.

"Some are very tasteful. Take for example the Rolls-Royce's magnificent 'starlight' headliner option. Over 800 fibre optic lights woven into the roof of your vehicle, in a celestial pattern or a custom design of your choosing. We're struggling to see how this option would benefit a Ford Ka, but when it comes to a Rolls, expense is rarely an issue."

Other added extras are even more extravagant: here are some of the best.

Of course, there's no reason why you can't just use an ordinary coat hanger hooked to the back of the seat - unless you're a label-minded Jaguar owner, that is. If you want one carrying the Jaguar logo, you can have one - at a cost of £46.

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Air freshener
You can't expect owners of the Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe to hang a pine-scented bit of cardboard from the mirror. But for just £360, they can have a 'scent system' with a range of controllable smells. Our favourite has to be Downtown Mood - a 'transparent floweriness with a subtle metal effect'.

Fancy trim
It's become a must-have for kitchens - and now Mercedes-Benz Maybach drivers can have it in their car too. The Granite Trim Interior adds £2,310 to the cost of the car.

Car key
If you drive an Aston Martin, you're far too sexy to fiddle around with an ordinary key. But for a mere £22,904 to £35,522, you can buy a special watch that can unlock your car for you. Alternatively, of course, you could just pay a chauffeur.

Metallic paint
A metallic finish generally costs a little more than a standard paint job - but £50,631 more? Well, that's what it costs buyers of the Porsche 918 Spyder if they fancy Liquid Metal silver or blue paint. Just make sure you don't scratch it.

Dashboard clock
It's useful to know the time when you're driving, even if you're the owner of a Bentley Bentyaga without a care in the world. And if only a diamond-encrusted model will do, you'll presumably be perfectly happy to fork out an extra £150,000.

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Leather seats...

Most people would agree that leather seats add a bit of luxury to any car. But are they worth as much as a new car itself? The Design Selection seats for the Audi A8 cost an extraordinary £12,365 extra.

...and more leather seats
For some car buyers, even that's not enough. At one stage, the Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition SUV was available with seats made from whale penis leather - until Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund took exception. The option was eventually withdrawn.

Ten most expensive cars on Autotrader
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Ten most expensive cars on Autotrader

Price: £330,000

The legendary F40 mixed a twin-turbo V8 with extreme styling straight from the race track. A car that was probably on every boys bedroom wall in the 80’s.

Price: £345,000

Porsche answer to the Ferrari Enzo, this screaming V10 hypercar represents good value for money these days. Well, compared to some on this list.

Price £349,500

The ultimate in British luxury, the Phantom has a 6.75-litre V12 – but its so quiet you’d never know it. This one is the extended wheelbase version and has covered 2,700 miles.

Price: £380,000

From renowned German tuning house Brabus, the 230mph Rocket has 800bhp. It’s an ungodly fast monster and this one’s specification is claimed to be a one-off.

Price: £429,000

We thought this might be a typing error, but this heavily modified Mercedes G-Class SUV comes with the same 800bhp twin-turbo V12 as the Brabus 80 Rocket, but this time with the aerodynamics of a house brick.

Price: £775,000

The Bugatti Veyron is still the performance yardstick all hypercars are measured against – but even if some can now beat it, none do it with such luxury. This Veyron, worth over a million pounds when new, has cost the previous owner around £300,000 in depreciation alone.

Price: £900,000

For not much less than the price of its new Ferrari La Ferrari replacement, this black Enzo is believed to be the last delivered into the UK from new. Its 6.0-litre V12 has covered only 2,000 miles.

Price: £1,040,000

This bare-carbon beauty is said to be the last unregistered Pagani Zonda F in the world. Offers invited above 1.2million euros + VAT

Price: £1,100,000

The Maybach 62 Landaulet is the car that revived the open-topped luxury once adored by dictators the world over. £1.1million buys you a 2012 model with only delivery miles on the clock.

Price: £1,250,000

The most expensive car on Autotrader as of March 15th 2013. The Ferrari 365 GTS/4 is a V12 classic from the era when playboys would drive down to Monaco with glamorous company and the sun on their back. This one is said to be the 75th of only 122 produced.


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