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Cars For A Billionaire's Garage

If you are a connoisseur billionaire, here is the list with a combination of opulence, comfort and performance. A refined billionaire does not just go by the price tag, he flashes his knowledge of the best names and brands in the industry.

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If you are a connoisseur billionaire, here is the list with a combination of opulence, comfort and performance. A refined billionaire does not just go by the price tag, he flashes his knowledge of the best names and brands in the industry.

Sometimes, some cars become a billionaire's car just because they like to keep them, and not just because only they can afford to buy them. A concerned billionaire flaunts not money but style and responsibility and recognises that cute not-so-expensive cars do belong in his garage, as long as they are classy.

Ferrari F12 TDF
It's called TDF and it refers to the old Tour de France road race, which Ferraris won quite a few times, but it can only be called 'F12 TDF' and not 'F12 Tour de France because the cycle race owns the Tour de France moniker.

Doesn't matter, the car makes a wonderful noise like an F1 car of yester years, and the seven-speed gearbox has shorter shift times. Ferrari's limited-edition F12 TdF has added more power, has less weight and a rear wheel steer system. As a result, in terms of acceleration, roadholding and agility, the new car maintains speed and safety. Oh, by the way, only owners of atleast five Ferraris were invited to buy a TdF. Get your dealer to hunt for one or surf the net for a seller as only 799 were created. But hey, who said acquisitions were easy to get? And if you really can't find one, the F12 new model will add value too.
PRICE: £339,000 approx.

Rolls Royce Phantom Coupé
When we talk of a collection of cars in your garage, can the name Rolls Royce be far behind? Maharajas owned them, now you too can, order an Indian jungle-inspired Rolls to take your wife to exclusive events and step out in style. With every new creation, Rolls-Royce shows that nobody does luxury customisation the way they do.Take your pick, but at least one Rolls Royce is a must. Look for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé Tiger inspired by the feline king, conveying its power and ferocious grace. This one-of-a-kind edition features an attractive two-tone Burnt Orange and Arizona Sun exterior, matching the fur of this majestic and rarely-sighted animal. The Tiger Phantom Coupé features a striking interior with hand-stitched embroidered Tiger motif headrests and mind you once again this limited Edition Rolls will not be easy to find as the Sheikhs may have bought them all, so you can always ask the company to make a similar one for you. That's bespoke isn't it? And you have a reputation to maintain.
PRICE: Rs 5 crore approx

The Flying Spur
Bentley Motors has the Flying Spurs V8 models that are in the lead to add to the discerning car owners' portfolio. And if you went for a dashingly different colour like the yellow one in the picture, you will be the cynosure of all eyes! Melding a business jet-like interior with British haughty aura, these luxury sedans accelerate very fast and have good freeway speeds but without shedding the smooth cruising and the fortunate few who buy it can stretch their legs to the limit to enjoy the comfort of room in the back seat. It has an onboard Wi-Fi and a music system combining comfort and practical needs for day to day use. Flying Spur V8 4.0 litres is available to order now.
PRICE: Rs 3.50 crore for base model

Maserati Grand Cabrio Sport
With an elegant, distinctive nose and speeds going up to 285mph, this is the first four seat convertible Maserati has produced. This one is good for an Indian billionaire because he has to take the brothers, sisters and in fact an entire gang of young cousins for a spin. Maserati does have a rich heritage in elegant open-top sports cars, though, stretching back to the 1950s. Such a good lineage deserves a mention here And trust me that was the unchallenged opinion of every convertible enthusiast's response. The three-layer roof, where the material has been deliberately chosen in fabric rather than metal, is available in a choice of six colours, takes 28 seconds to close and can be operated on the move at speeds below 19mph.
PRICE: Rs 2.40 crore for base model

Porsche 911
If you are unmarried and out on a date, this car will tilt the balance in your favour for sure. For five decades, the 911 has been in the hearts of every youngster who knows his cars from the mules. Few cars in the world can boast of such a long tradition of constant admiration for a number! Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it the most successful sports car in the world. Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: "The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through traffic. And you will definitely hear the whistles of admiration over the roar of the engine at every corner".
PRICE: It depends on the 911 model you choose

The Range Rover AUTOBIOGRAPHY Limited edition
With an intriguing name, this is a car that you can take by road when you go to Goa in the rains. With its new price-tag, the Range Rover LWB (long wheel base) Autobiography Black is the most expensive SUV you can buy in the country today! Let's talk about the luxury aspect first, as the Range Rover matches any sedan's craftsmanship and general pampering. Seriously, and whether you drive this car on flooded roads, rev up a steep ghaat section or on the usual bumpy roads that you will encounter all over India, the Range Rover will live up to its reputation as a powerful off-road SUV. So whether you're talking about performance, opulence or competence, nothing beats a Range Rover.
PRICE: Rs 3.83 crore for petrol version

MINI

Now you will wonder, what a jump! One minute we are talking bespoke, luxury performance and then we talk about a MINI? The MINI is a car that appeals to most women. And can you argue with the lady? Not withstanding 'The Italian Job' movie spin, this car has a unique appeal and we can now rejoice that the first plant to manufacture this car outside Europe was set up in Chennai. It's easy to manoeuvre, easy to park and easy to take out on festival days in a traffic jam. The Cooper proves that driving a small car can be cool and cures the look down reflex we all had to the word "compact". In many ways, the Mini paved the way for zipping to the shopping malls to satisfy an hour of large spends and out in less than an hour, on the way to the hotel to gape at the open shopping bags in your room. If you don't believe me, go watch Charlize Theron in the movie mentioned above. If she can get away with that superb driving, it says a lot about the car. So what are you waiting for? Order one now, for the D models are easy to get.
PRICE: Rs 30 lakh approx

Volkswagen Beetle
Thanks to the American movie, Herbie, the Beetle is the most popular and well-loved car. Beetle has a credible reputation and is treated like a family member of the owner, pets included! It draws attention at every street corner and always has a crowd of at least three people standing round it discussing its shape and its engine position in the rear. The owners I know very rarely take it out of the garage. There is excitement now because VW is launching a new model in December(19th December) called the 21st century Beetle with 7-speed Automatic DSG Gearbox and 16" Alloy Wheels. And it will have keyless access and Push Button Start.
PRICE: 30 lakh approx

AUDI A4
Wondering why we still haven't suggested a safe car for our dangerous roads andthe reckless driving around you?
The European consortium Euro NCAP has awarded it the top score of five stars for adult and child safety as well as for pedestrian protection. The suspension and steering make it easier to drive on our uneven roads.

The A4's performance holds its own against its competitors, but what makes the car appealing is the clean lines in the interiors. Whilst it will not win any awards for style, the high end materials used and pleasing lighting make the interiors really cool. Add to it a good sized backseat and trunk, the car is suitably practical to take the child to school. When the road takes a sharp U turn, the A4 feels balanced and secure. And come rain the driver can brake with confidence because this car is certainly not going to skid.
PRICE: Rs 45 lakh

Vintage Rolls

A vintage car just has to be a permanent member of the garage. Whether you went for a Ghost series or a Phantom, a vintage Rolls has to be part of the garage. Coachwork, hoods, latches and needless to say engines are in top condition and are well maintained by lovers of vintage cars. There are many connoisseurs in India who have their vintage Rolls in excellent condition. You just have to find one. There are ardent owners I know who bring back the smallest parts from UK in their hand luggage to avoid even a slightest dent or scratch to the spare part they may have ordered from the Rolls factory or some restorer abroad. These cars are a collector's delight and an excellent source of investment to leave behind to the next generation

Prices start from £200000 for a good one. And whilst the debate will rage on as to why I haven't included some cars like the Merc or the Jaguar, the idea here is to create a distinctive rather than a predictable mix of cars which will evoke surprise and intrigue from those who see them.

Watch this space!

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Pritti Kumar

The author is a consulting editor and writes on luxury brands. She is a multifaceted individual - she has been a teacher, director of plays, events curator and is a consulting editor for the last 15 years. Widely travelled, she has covered the luxury business in general - watches, cars and gourmet foods in particular.

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