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The market is brimming with expensive cars and they just get pricier as time marches on. However, there are expensive cars, and then there are stratospherically spendy coachbuilt luxury cars with stickers as steep as Malibu homes and Gulfstream jet airplanes. Such is the case with the $31 million Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail, a one-of-a-kind open-air luxury vehicle with a price tag bigger than a private jet.

The couchbuilt Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail is the most expensive new car in the world

$28 million. That’s how much Rolls-Royce will expect you to pay for one of their elite coachbuilt line models. However, the British luxury car marque has a handful of coachbuilt droptail models with eye-watering prices like nothing else on the market. Enter the new Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail, the world’s most expensive new car

The yacht-inspired sea of hand-hewn wood and exquisite interior materials will set you back a cool $31 million. As such, the Rolls-Royce Arcadia costs more than a new Gulfstream G280 private jet and its $28 million ask.

The Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail, the world's most expensive new car, sits under cherry blossoms.
Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail | Rolls-Royce

To reach such a spectacular price tag, the world’s most expensive new car features sprawling surfaces of exposed wood and leather. Beyond the sheer drama of the opulent aesthetic, Rolls-Royce claims the wood sections took 8,000 hours to complete. 

In addition to the Arcadia’s yacht-life wood finishes, the new Rolls-Royce Droptail model features white paintwork infused with glass and aluminum. Perhaps serving as a statement piece, the geometric guilloché pattern clock in the Arcadia’s interior took five months to complete.

The Rolls-Royce Arcadia Droptail's interior clock.
The Arcadia’s clock | Rolls-Royce

It’s not surprising, then, that the Arcadia derives its name from the Greek mythological term for “Heaven on Earth.” Consequently, the latest open-air testament to excess and elegance is the most expensive new car, per the NY Post

As you might expect, Rolls-Royce is elated to have created its third coachbuilt Droptail. Alex Innes, Head of Coachbuild Design for the brand, had this to say about the new Arcadia. “This motor car is one of the most faithful expressions of an individual’s personal style and sensibilities we have ever created within the Coachbuild department.”