Maybach In Jay-Z, Kanye West Video Proves Underwhelming at Auction

Lexus GS300 (1993)

“Cruising down 8th Street, off-white Lexus” was how Jay-Z distributed his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, back in 1996, selling copies out of his car in Brooklyn. These were modest beginnings, but the GS300 was a sign of Shawn Corey Carter’s ambition. It wasn’t the music that paid for that ride, it was the narcotics the 27-year-old was hawking across the borough. “At some point, you have to have an exit strategy, because your window is very small,” he’s said about drug dealing. “You’re going to get locked up or you’re going to die.” It was some exit strategy. And once his rap career blew up he formed Roc-A-Fella Records and invested in legit businesses, quickly upgrading the Lex. Still, it starred in the video for Dead Presidents in 1996 and in 2006, on the ten-year anniversary of Reasonable Doubt, he drove onto the stage at Radio City Music Hall in a GS300.


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When Rolls-Royce announced the US$28-million Boat Tail – potentially the most expensive new car in the world – and introduced the first one of the three being built, there was a lot of speculation about who had commissioned it. 

1957 Corvette C1



Their red Corvette is the 50s iconic muscle carCredit: Getty Images

The icon of the 50s, Jay-Z likes to ride in his red Corvette with his daughter Blue Ivy.

The cars originally cost around $3,000 when first produced and now fetch around $100,000 at auction.

"With a maximum top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h), a curb weight of 3034 lbs (1376 kgs), the Corvette C1 230hp has a naturally-aspirated V 8 cylinder engine, Petrol motor," reports Ultimate Specs.

The engine also "produces a maximum power of 233 PS (230 bhp – 171 kW) at 4800 rpm and a maximum torque of 407.0 Nm (300 lb.ft) at 4800 rpm. The power is transmitted to the road by the rear wheel drive (RWD) with a speed gearbox."

Maybach Exelero Features Specs

The Maybach Exelero features a 5.9L twin-turbocharged V12 engine that can reach from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds, topping out at 218 mph. Maybach mounted the engine at 60°, and each cylinder has 3 valves and a compression ratio of 9.2:1. This beast of an engine produces 700 horsepower at 5,000 rpm, and 752 ft-lbs of torque at 2,500 rpm.

This car sports 23″ Fulda Carat Exelero alloy wheels in both the front and the rear. It is equipped with ABS and has vented disc brakes on both the front and the rear.

2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport



Beyoncé gave the million-dollar car to Jay-Z for his birthdayCredit: Getty Images

The Halo singer gifted her husband a $2million Bugatti for his 41st birthday.

The supercar is a "36-pound transparent polycarbonate roof that is removed with help from a friend. There’s also a black canvas tarp with carbon-fiber bows that covers the cockpit like a Nicoderm patch," per Cars and Drivers.

"By twisting a glossy aluminum and carbon-fiber rod that is threaded at one end—the rod probably costs more than a new Toyota Yaris—you slowly unpucker the canvas like an umbrella and snap it into place, then stow the rod inside a tube in the cockpit."

Dartz Prombron (2012)

Perfect for “Big Pimpin’”, the Dartz Prombron is an armoured SUV built in Latvia which first attracted controversy by being available upholstered with whale foreskins. At just under £1m it was priced to set the record for the world’s most expensive 4×4, in part due to the materials which include Mississippi alligator, white gold, diamonds and rubies, as well as bullet-proof windows, an exhaust made from tungsten, and Kevlar exterior coating which will withstand AK47 fire and a rocket attack. Given Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s wealth and profile, they’re not taking any risks with their security.

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