17: Volkswagen Phaeton
Volkswagen was on a profitable track in the mid-2000s after the success of the New Beetle and the redesigned Jetta. The next move by the company was to market a high-end luxury sedan model. This sports sedan was designed in a completely new facility and was built by hand. The car shared underpinnings with the Bentley Continental, which meant that the performance was quite exceptional. The Phaeton was never a sales success even though the car was a high-quality model (via Top Gear).
At the time the Phaeton was new, the car was well above the $100,000.00 price tag, whereas nowadays the car has depreciated quite nicely. You can find one of these on the market for a little bit of nothing, and the build quality is top-notch. The performance of the 6.0 L 444 HP W 12 is by far the best you’ll get out of a Volkswagen from this era.