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05-22-2015 05:16 AM
brgelise
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Originally Posted by pwildfire View Post
The Jeep made me laugh. When I was in high school my buddy had a woody Wagoneer just like that. I doubt he paid $2k for it, and boy did we abuse that poor thing. Definitely does not evoke thoughts of millions to me.

I am in agreement that at least 1/2 the cars on that list shouldn't be.
My memories of those are -->rattles and ponderous handling at best. Nothing "wealthy " about that choice. A genuine example of sh!!ty American build quality of the day. Thus reason so many of us became buyers of foreign SUV's -pic a name., but let's use the infiniely better build quality of the earlier Monteros as an example, specifically the gen2 mid 90's SR's.
05-22-2015 04:58 AM
cyow5
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Originally Posted by brgelise View Post
99% of the public couldn't tell you the difference in 30 years of 911's.

I don't think I could even tell you that...


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05-22-2015 04:28 AM
brgelise 99% of the public couldn't tell you the difference in 30 years of 911's.
01-23-2015 06:55 AM
pwildfire The Jeep made me laugh. When I was in high school my buddy had a woody Wagoneer just like that. I doubt he paid $2k for it, and boy did we abuse that poor thing. Definitely does not evoke thoughts of millions to me.

I am in agreement that at least 1/2 the cars on that list shouldn't be.
01-22-2015 10:20 PM
Tirefriar It's interesting to look at this thread in light of the current Porsche market. I think a 944 would be a better fit given the topic. the trick to owning most of these cars is to keep them properly running and maintained.
01-22-2015 02:29 AM
DC5 funny lol
03-12-2013 05:16 PM
ADLGTNS The Jeep is right on point. Growing up in Santa Fe I can vouch that most of the uber wealthy drove those and I certainly have that connotation in my mind when I think of that car.
02-14-2013 09:35 AM
aschen
Re: Ten Cheap Cars That Make You Look Rich

I think the older 911s dont impress most people. I get way more attention from the exige than the 930. I love my lotus but my 930 is really my prised material it

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02-14-2013 09:13 AM
GuppyCaptain All I can say about the #1 place holder is this:

Well, duh! Of course!

02-14-2013 08:23 AM
Allan Gibbs
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Originally Posted by XHILR8N! View Post
Hey the Evora works well in this category. Place one in a group of contemporary Italian exotics and an Aston and a Jag XK. The average Joe will be drawn to the Evora first. I really see these as a bargain for just plain curb appeal.
I suppose so.
02-14-2013 07:53 AM
Bluefang08
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Originally Posted by bmw330ciandr6 View Post
I do agree with the elise/exige. Some of the others are questionable.
I agree, esp with the Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
02-14-2013 05:07 AM
Doge I do agree with the elise/exige. Some of the others are questionable.
02-14-2013 04:39 AM
93viperrt10 I disagree with the 911 choice, yes a car guy will know the car, the average person will thinks its just an old car. A 930 would be cooler but they seem to still be getting decent money.

I would have gone with a 1998-2005 Carrerra you can get one with modest miles south of $20k, shop hard enough even a Cab. Throw an aero kit on and the car looks high end.

Still think the Elise/Exige is the most unrecongnizable (no idea what its worth) car out there.
02-14-2013 04:31 AM
XHILR8N! Hey the Evora works well in this category. Place one in a group of contemporary Italian exotics and an Aston and a Jag XK. The average Joe will be drawn to the Evora first. I really see these as a bargain for just plain curb appeal.
02-14-2013 04:16 AM
gwkoch WooHoo!! Thanks jalopnik, because of you I am now officially a Baller!
02-13-2013 08:42 PM
pray4mojo
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Originally Posted by SwingLo View Post
I'd probably put older gen Lambos in there too - Countach, Diablo even Jalpa.
I haven't checked in a long ass time but if my memory serves me right these are still at least $70k+ no?
02-13-2013 08:40 PM
pray4mojo Noble anyone?
02-13-2013 08:28 PM
sprocket3 I want my 2 minutes and bandwidth back. What a joke of an article.
02-13-2013 03:58 PM
Me! However, I will say I'm glad I have an Exige now!
02-13-2013 03:46 PM
SwingLo 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.
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