Absolutely agree on the Elise. I've never seen a car that costs so 'relatively' little but makes people think it's north of $100K. Really no other car like it.
I can't really agree with much on the list. I don't think people are impressed by older German or British luxury sedans. Especially when those sedans look dated and 'three or four generations ago'. On the contrary, I think people look at them and say 'guy bought an old used one because he can't afford a new one'. The OPPOSITE of appearing 'rich'.
I do agree with the 911. Because the body style hasn't changed sine the Civil War, no one really knows how old one is. Could be a early 90's one or a new one.
I would add a few others:
- Slightly older Range Rovers. They are relatively rare enough that people probably aren't hip on which generation/body style, so people probably assume 'Range Rover' = Rich.
- Duh - Lotus Esprit - they look like the Italians of their era. Before I was a car guy, I just assumed the Esprit was a mega-buck exotic like a 355. Hell, the super rich guy in Pretty Woman drove one and the super rich sexy cooter flashing wealthy author in Basic Instinct drove one. Surely, that's a 'rich people' car. I think people would be blown away if they know how relatively little they can be had for.
- Acura NSX - same as above. Obviously they hold their value very well these days, but even know, they offered similar performance and looks to the Italians, but without the price tag.
And what about kits:
- Ultima GTR - hell, it looks more exotic than many of the exotics. Yes, it's a kit but if people saw you roll up in one, they'd think it was a $300K car. I'd also put the RCR Superlight Coupe (SL-C) in that bucket.
- Superformance GT40 - if people think it's the real thing....hell, even if they know nothing about cars, the 45 year old design STILL looks exotic and crazy today. And expensive.
- Ferrari 308GTSi or Testarossa - the Magnum and Miami cars. Not that expensive today, but they exude '80's rich guy'. People probably don't realize that you can snag an '84 308 for around $28-30K
I'd probably put older gen Lambos in there too - Countach, Diablo even Jalpa.
Outside of the Elise - when in doubt, if you wanna look like a rich guy, buy an older used 'exotic' - not an older used common luxury sedan.