Quite unexpectedly, considering the crisis we’ve faced these past years, 2013’s spring and autumn came with some delicious auto feasts. Believe it or not, but during the last three months, no less than five large-scale luxury car shows were held. The best Asian, European, and North American brands competed in a race of power, speed, extravagant design, and mind-blowing price tags.
The oldest car show on the planet is the Frankfurt Motor Show, whose roots can be traced back to 1897, when it was known as the Berlin Motor Show. Back then, it was the home of the International Motor Show, IAA, which was later established in Frankfurt and changed its name. At the end of the 19th century, it displayed a total of 8 cars to the public. Nowadays, that number increased by at least ten times.
Over the past years, auto shows have made it their purpose to prove that manufacturers have adopted an environmentally friendly approach. If no more than six years ago electric and hybrid models were a rarity, now one in five models is equipped with an alternative propulsion system. However, all this high-tech equipment does come for a price. Showing off the fastest, most powerful, and most expensive cars to be had, the luxury car shows on our list are the perfect event for the rich to drop some cash on the latest models. However, they are also a tourist attraction in themselves, attracting thousands of automobile enthusiasts from all corners of the world. Despite their jaw-dropping price tags, these cars are not condemned to become museum exhibits. Most of them are actually purchased during the show and taken out for a drive immediately after.
Dubai International Motor Show: 100,000 visitors
Held in the extravagant emirate of Dubai every two years, they couldn’t have picked a better spot for the most luxurious car show on Earth, boasting the most expensive of the expensive. In fact, the biggest price tag in the history of motor shows was put on the gold Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, the most expensive car in the world to date, covered in solid gold, with 700 precious stones woven into each seat, all for $7.4 million. Between the 5th and 9th of November 2013, over 150 manufacturers presented over 600 vehicles. Out of these, 108 were world premieres, setting a new record. The new Aston Martin convertible, Vanquish Volante, was unveiled with a price tag of over $300,000. One of the stars of this year’s show, Bugatti Meo Costantini, costs ten times more, with a starting price of $2.8 million. The most exclusive luxury car show on the planet managed to draw more than 100,000 visitors this year, who admired international supercars with a total value of over $136 million.