It is obviously tough when you have too much money to actually know what to do with it all, but fortunately luxury car makers are here to soak up lots of those spare millions.
But even they have to get creative too appeal to the super-rich. Today we take a look at five of the silliest and most excessive options offered on modern luxury cars.
Rolls Royce starlight headliner
Ever wished you could admire the night sky from your car, but don’t want to mess your hair up by buying a convertible?
Well, sir, Rolls-Royce have you covered there. Literally, thanks to its expensive and completely silly “Starlight” headliner system that features between 800 and 1,600 (depending on the model) fibre optic lights.
Each headliner is hand made, with its very own unique “constellation” (one owner reportedly requested his coat of arms; another had the Rolls logo set among the stars), so you can gaze at the stars without all that messy wind and fresh air.
Mercedes-Benz granite trim
A dashboard slathered with wood, aluminium or carbon fibre not exclusive enough for you? Well then, how about stone?
Yep, that’s right, Mercedes-Benz offers a granite trim option in its “Designo” customisation range.
Sounds necessarily heavy? Fear not, the layer of stone is apparently only 1mm thick, which just makes it seem kind of, well, silly really.
Oh, and it ain’t cheap either. While Mercedes doesn’t say anything about the prices of the Designo options, when it offered a granite trim option in the Maybach it was a rather staggering $NZ73,000!
Porsche leather vents
While it is possible to spend rather a lot of money on leather options in the original Porsche Panamera, one options stood out from the rest, both for its price and its extreme silliness.
For NZ$3,500 you could – for some utterly unfathomable reason – get the slats in the air vents wrapped in leather.
Yep, you read that right, the Panamera could have leather air vents optioned up on it. You could also get a leather rear view mirror, leather sun visors and a leather luggage compartment cover.
Why? We have no idea…
Bugatti Veyron carbon fibre finish
Okay, so you decided to drop a couple of million on the baddest Volkswagen out there, and yet you still stop and think to yourself “There must be a way to spend even more money and yet get slightly less…”
Bugatti had you covered there, because for around NZ$430,000 you could get them to not paint it for you.
That’s right, the Veyron’s body featured a lot of carbon fibre and if you wanted to show that off, it would cost you rather a lot of money to get them to not cover it in paint.
Aston Martin Cygnet
Okay, so the much-ridiculed and maligned Aston Martin Cygnet was originally conceived as a way to reduce Aston’s range-wide emission average, which is all very worthy (and, it has to be said, very misguided), but it was the way the company chose to present and market it that puts it on to this list.
The Cygnet was originally only offered to Aston owners, pretty much like any other option on this list.
So if you bought a shiny new DB9 or Vanquish you could also tick the box to add a tarted-up Toyota iQ to the garish leather headlining and awful James Bond-themed personalised number plate you also purchased because you have no taste whatsoever…