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I own #1 (well an exige) and #3 (and it is a super V8 to boot!)

But they were not THAT cheap although they are only five years old.

The true I am rich but this car did not cost [that] much is the Land Rover defender. Rich people buy them and park them in the hamptons or vineyard to rust. A round headlight range rover classic is the ultimate cheap (a few K for a nice one) that looks like you are wealthy car.
 

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I disagree with the 911 being on there. It's the exact opposite. It's a car for people who want to appear conservative.

Being out of the car scene, before buying my Lotus, I would have though a decent early 80s 911 would have gone for maybe $2500.

A Ferrari 308 would have been a better choice for that spot IMO.
 

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It's funny because yesterday I told my friend that an Elise would win the question of the day! Boy am I good. I just wonder whether we will start to see an influx of high-schoolers now?
 

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Oh my God. Our secret's out now.
 

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It's funny because yesterday I told my friend that an Elise would win the question of the day! Boy am I good. I just wonder whether we will start to see an influx of high-schoolers now?
You must have missed all the "I'm 16 and work @ Burger King and drive a Civic and ummm, I want my parents to get me an Elise..." or "I'm a really good driver but I'm only 18 and I'm going to buy an Elise, help me convince my parents that I won't end up on life-support sipping my meals through a straw while the courts decide whether or not I'm legally dead..."

Type threads

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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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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.
 

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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.
 

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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. ;)
 

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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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