Wheels made for money

2011-03-25 11:06

The Donald prefers a helicopter, Jay-Z rolls through the streets of New York in a blacked-out Maybach and every
gangsta rapper – from Ludacris to Xzibit – seems to prefer a Bentley.

Here at home, those with big bucks seem to gravitate towards the luxury SUVs fancied by government types.

But who has real discerning taste when it comes to cars? We pick our top three wheels for high rollers.

Maybach 62R8 million (excluding import costs and taxes)

Who owns one? King Mswati III of Swaziland

What’s the big deal? This is the epitome of extravagance. It’s so elite you can’t buy it locally.

According to Investment Cars’ principal dealer, Mike Bruce, there are only one or two of these cars in the country and the owners’ identities are top secret.

The Maybach comes standard with everything you can think of, including two sterling silver champagne flutes, ­automatic rear-closing doors, folding and retractable tables, and a boot compartment with a handcrafted Dunhill ­Collection umbrella that can be extended as a sun shade.

There’s also a small refrigerated bar for food and drinks, and electrically operated rear-window curtains.

The front section of the roof is equipped with solar cells, while a second, electrotransparent panel is fitted under the exterior glass roof.

This panel can be tinted opaque and turned back to clear at the touch of a button.

The rear ­plush leather seats can sit two passengers in individual ­reclining chairs, making it feel like a first-class cabin bed.

Aston Martin DBS –  R3 795 000

Who owns one? NEO Africa CEO Vivien Natasen and former Miss South Africa Kerishnie Naicker

What’s the big deal? James Bond made this brand ­desirable. Music boy

wonders Rick Ross and Drake even pay tribute to it with a song called

Aston Martin Music, which was ­released last year.

The DBS Volante (drop-top) is the ultimate Bond car and was featured in

five films, including Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, a brief

appearance in Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale.

The 6 litre engine kicks a top speed of 307km/h, so ­unless you want to

join the ranks of speedsters like DJ Sbu, we suggest you don’t floor the


The DBS comes standard with a full-grain leather interior, carbon fibre

door trims, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, a Lamy pen and penholder,

20 inch wheels and an umbrella boot-mounted compartment.

Porsche 911 Carrera S R1 080?000

Who ones one? Kenny Kunene and Discovery Health CEO ­Adrian Gore
What’s the big deal? Even though Porsche cars have ­become much more affordable and within realistic reach for some motorists, this particular model is regarded as one of the best sports cars on the road.

Kunene is just the man to show off its flashy “look at me” character. Among his fleet are a Cayenne GTS, the
four-door Panarama and a 911.

The boot is in the front of the car, while the engine is at the back. Luggage space can fit a medium-sized bag and a couple of smaller bags, while the rest of your goods can be placed on the rear seats, which can’t seat people anyway.

The sporty front bucket seats are wrapped in soft leather while the interior is lined with a luxurious crushed-suede material.

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