Greg Zyla: The $1.7 million dream car
Q: Hello, Greg! You have struck a chord with your tail fin articles. My much younger brother had a wonderful Aqua/Cream '57 Chevy, which was a beautiful car.
I am a car fancier and have been since very young. My parents almost never had a really nice car, which made me very conscious of cars in general. Of course, I was a “Depression Era” kid, so most no one had things nice then.
Consequently, in later years, I was determined to have a very nice new car. Thankfully, my hubby of almost 61 years (his birthday is June 24) also liked nice cars. When we were able, they were purchased. First Pontiacs, then we graduated to Cadillacs. In fact, I just sold my old 1987 Cadillac last September. I really hated to see it go, but a buyer wanted it as I had not driven it for over a year due to ill health. We sold it reluctantly, and in just eight days, we found it advertised for sale for four times what we sold it for!
Keep those car articles coming, as I read every one in our local paper, the Coldwater Reporter in Coldwater, Mich. I am sure the indication is that I am not a “young” person, but if I had the money, I would like a Lamborghini, surprising as I’d have to win the lottery but I don’t play it!
Still, those fancy cars are something I have always admired. What is your favorite if you could purchase anything you wished and money was no problem? Best to you, Jeanne from Coldwater.
A: Hi, Jeanne and thanks for your letter. I received several letters from readers on the tailfin article, but yours also asks a question that is a tough one to answer.
I guess if money were no problem, and I could have just one car to fulfill all my needs it would have to be the Bugatti Veyron, the world’s most expensive car at $1.7 million. It is not only one of the fastest vehicles, accelerating from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, it is 100 percent street legal. Veyron’s top speed is listed at 267, and power comes from an all aluminum quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 Narrow Angle 8.0-liter engine producing a whooping 1200 horsepower. It’s a 16-cylinder design comprised of two narrow angle V8’s mated in a “W” configuration. And, no, it doesn’t have any tailfins as the entire car is an aerodynamic fin of sorts, I would opine. (See photo.)
Finally, Bugatti’s parent company is German manufacturer Volkswagen, and an even faster Veyron is scheduled to debut in 2014! The car is being worked on right now in Alasce, France, home of Bugatti headquarters. The car is named after French race driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti company.
Thanks for your question, Jeanne, and happy birthday to your husband! Now, since I could never afford the Veyron, I’d be happy with a new Corvette in the garage. At least with the Corvette, I can dream a little more realistically.
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