Musician bought the ‘world’s most expensive car’ for the price of a modern Honda Civic

  • Pink Floyd drummer and founder Nick Mason is an avid car collector
  • He owns one of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world
  • He only paid the equivalent of Honda Civic money for it

Published on Jun 26, 2024 at 12:16 PM (UTC+4)
by Alessandro Renesis

Last updated on Jun 28, 2024 at 1:31 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

Nick Mason is a drummer, founder member of Pink Floyd, and an avid car collector.

He owns – and has owned – all kinds of valuable and rare cars, including the Ferrari that would eventually become the world’s most expensive car.

But back then, when he bought it, it wasn’t that expensive.

In fact, Mason was able to get one for the price of a modern Honda Civic.

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In 2022, a Mercedes 300 SLR prototype sold for $142 million, but this car is sometimes excluded from the conversation about the world’s most expensive cars, simply because it was sold privately by Mercedes themselves.

This is why people often regard the Ferrari 250 GTO as the world’s most expensive car, with a market value of around $50 million in today’s market.

The thing is, the 250 GTO is worth tens of millions today, but it cost Nick Mason a lot less than that.

How much did Nick Mason pay for his Ferrari 250 GTO?

Mason bought his Ferrari 250 GTO in 1977, and he only paid £35,000 for it – equivalent to around $44,000.

These days, $44,000 is barely enough to buy a Honda Civic.

But having said that, there is an asterisk that must be added next to the price.

Due to inflation, $44,000 in 1977 had the same purchasing power as $228,000 today.

Still, $228,000 for a classic worth millions today is a bargain.

The market back then vs the market now

Spending $220,000 on a car isn’t for everyone, no matter how we spin it.

But we should also point out that the market was very different back then when you could buy one of the hottest and latest supercars for $200,000.

These days, lest we forget, $200,000 is the sort of money people spend on a Cybertruck.

To quote another rockstar from the same era, ‘The Times, They Are A-Changin‘.


Alessandro Renesis

Experienced content creator with a strong focus on cars and watches. Alessandro penned the first-ever post on the Supercar Blondie website and covers cars, watches, yachts, real estate and crypto. Former DriveTribe writer, fixed gear bike owner, obsessed with ducks for some reason.