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The market for beautifully crafted supercars is hardly undersubscribed, but for the last seven years one vehicle has attracted celebrity petrol heads like no other: the Bugatti Veyron.
Acclaimed by British motor magazine show Top Gear as the car of the decade, the Bugatti Veyron – built by Volkswagen – has set pulses racing ever since production was announced in 2005.
With a top speed of 431 kph, 1,001 horsepower and the ability to move from 0-60 in a scarcely believable 2.5 seconds, the one-time worldâ€™s fastest car is understandably an object of desire.
With the medal pushed to the floor, this powerhouse will burn through a full tank of gas in roughly 12 minutes and it is rumoured that the car costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to maintain on an annual basis.
The car was named after 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Pierre Veyron, who partnered the tragic Jean Pierre Wimille to victory at the annual motor endurance event.
Bugatti have other highly desirable and iconic models in their stable- many of which are slightly more affordable than their enigmatic brand leader, however the Veyron remains unavoidably in vogue.
Only 300 have been sold worldwide since the carâ€™s inception in 2005 but when you consider the $1,700,000 base price, perhaps this shouldnâ€™t come as a shock.
However, the Veyron is not just expensive, it is also equally exclusive- potential owners needing to wait upwards of a year to get their hands on this most prized of supercars.
The elite list of prospective owners was originally led in 2005 by the wife of former VW chairman, Ferdinand PiĂ«ch, however the list has grown extensively since then.
Some motoring personnel, such as former Bugatti chairman Thomas Bscher, have sacrificed their slot on the waiting list however majority have looked for any way possible to get their hands on the decadeâ€™s most desired supercar.
In terms of look, many owners stick to the all black standard, however a number of more eccentric individuals have plumped for a variation on the Veyronâ€™s two-tone theme. Watch out for members of our list who have customised their models with red, chrome and even pink.Â