It goes without saying that you need to be fabulously wealthy to even consider buying a Bugatti Veyron.
When it first went on sale in 2005, it cost not far short of £1 million. If you can get hold of one the last 20 that are scheduled to be built before a replacement in introduced, it will set you back over £1.1 million.
Then there’s the running costs, and we’re not just talking about the 10mpg fuel economy. A routine service will cost about £14,000. A full set of tyres is over £20,000. Doing both together is the equivalent of a brand-new Volkswagen Golf R with a few options.
So, how fabulously wealthy is the typical Veyron owner? The man in charge of Bugatti, Wolfgang Duerheimer, revealed in an interview with Bloomberg that the average Bugatti owner already has 84 cars, three private jets and a yacht.
By contrast, the average Bentley buyer, who by most definitions will be absolutely loaded, only has eight cars.
There’s rich, there’s really rich and there’s master-of-the-universe rich. Clearly, Bugatti owners fall into the latter category.