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Redusernab Asks: What Car Makes You Thankful You’re Not Stinkin’ Rich?

Robert Emslie April 6, 2017 Redusernab Asks 43 Comments

I have said it before, and I will undoubtedly say it again, the rich aren’t at all like you and me. We—and by we I mean those of us of fairly meager but not dirt-eating level means—have to be careful about how we spend our money for the simple reason that few of us have all that much of it, and unlike unsolicited advice, nobody’s giving it away. The well-to-do however, are unencumbered by such plebeian constraints and hence we end up with eye searing blights like the Will.i.am Delorean built as a cause celeb by West Coast Customs. 

In fact it seems that for many folks, having money can cause you to do stupid things like let someone take pictures of you wearing nothing but a champagne flute balanced on your butt, build a car YOU designed, or even run for President. 

There are so many examples of money gone wrong in the automotive world that today our quest centers on your opinion as to which one is the worst. It shouldn’t be too tough. What car makes you glad you aren’t stinkin’ rich, and hence don’t have to worry about waking up from a bender to see it your driveway?

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  • smalleyxb122

    None. I would welcome the opportunity to prove that, even with essentially unlimited funds, I would retain enough good taste to not wake up one morning having purchased anything by Mansory.

    • caltemus

      For every ruined will.i.am delorean there is somebody else out there commissioning a ring brothers restomod. If anything I’d try to find my favorite model and un cut all the corners the manufacturer did.

    • tonyola

      Not even something like this?

  • P161911

    Can’t think of anything. With unlimited funds I would be fairly restrained. The worst thing I would do is buy an original Barris Batmobile and turn it back into a Lincoln Futura to the dismay of geeks everywhere.

    • dukeisduke

      Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds approve:

      (And it was a good movie)

    • Wayne Moyer

      What I wouldn’t give to see what that would go for at auction. Just to see what would happen.

      • P161911

        You could probably recoup most of the Batmobile cost by parting out all the added Batmobile accessories that got tacked on the car.

  • Hillman_Hunter

    A new BMW 7-series; you know for the disappoints that come with buying a six-figure car and discovering it’s one of the worst lemons in history. At least I’d have the funds to run a Bentley Turbo R as my backup car.

  • dukeisduke

    From Will.I.Am to Car.Designer.I.Ain’t.

  • dukeisduke

    Without a question, this thing:

    • Sjalabais

      The “unzipping” front lid and a distressed smile suggest a certain business path to riches, too.

      Without quipping, this is at least an interesting, somewhat inspired design.

    • Alff

      Given it’s mundane Toyota powertrain, it’s not the least practical decision one could make. I don’t find it as unattractive as many … but I also like the Panamera so my taste is suspect.

      • Taking away the first foot of car, it’s not a bad design at all. Just needs a new front clip.

        • Alff

          I dig the front end. It’s so Japanese.

          • We should go in on one. You can have the front and I’ll take the rest.

    • Papa Van Twee

      I thought of this and one other car I’ll post below when I saw the article.

    • GTXcellent

      You know what, if I was uber-wealthy, I’d rock one. Sure it’s no beauty queen – but – it’s still a car that makes head’s swivel and mouth’s utter “what the fffff#*&#@&?”

      In a land of everyday Ferraris (Ferrarii?) and Porsches (Porschi?) and various other mundane super cars that I can’t afford, why not dare to be a little different?

    • cap’n fast

      visual of a sated hammerhead shark looking for more MORE MORE!

  • GTXcellent

    How do you know I’m not stinkin’ rich?

    (I’m not)

  • Alff

    I like to imagine that I would exercise restraint in the sort of cars I would select for a collection but I don’t trust my inner demons when it comes to selecting a tow vehicle

    • Hillman_Hunter

      If that’s the “Big Ass Truck”, does that make the 2500 and 3500 “Ass Truck”?

    • Sjalabais

      Needs more stars and stripes.

      • outback_ute

        And moar chrome

  • Papa Van Twee

    This… so much this.

  • Papa Van Twee

    This… so much this. If I wake up with loads of money and either think up something like this, or think this is a great car to buy, just shoot me, will ya?

    • dukeisduke

      When I see one of those I imagine the whole body being squishy foam rubber.

      • smalleyxb122

        That somehow makes it better less bad.

      • Sjalabais

        At the push of a button, it may eject a fully functional Volvo C70 ‘vert. Imho, choosing this at its basis – Scandinavian restraint, or whatever you call that cultivated image thought up by blond guys in black turtlenecks – is the ultimate expression of trolling. And that is conspicuous wealth well spent.

        • Vairship

          Perhaps the “designer” lives in Trollhattan? 😉

    • crank_case

      It’s like a Ssangyong Rodius (and you thought the Aztek was bad?) had relations with a Barbie Jeep.

    • SlowJoeCrow

      thanks for posting, that was my first thought too.

  • If I had 40 grand I didn’t know what to do with, I would spend it very, very, stupidly.

    • P161911

      Just wait a couple of more years and you can spend $15k very very, very stupidly. Thanks to BMW depreciation.

      • outback_ute

        And then spend another $15k over the next few years on “maintenance”. Or have they started paying more attention to >3yr durability?

    • Rover 1

      I’ve met some people that have bought these abominations, BMW’s coupe truck.
      They have very ‘assertive’ personalities.

      • Well, I’ll never have $40 grand to waste an out-of-warranty, electronically guided boulder, so my non-compatible personality (IMHO) probably isn’t an issue.

      • cap’n fast

        wait-what do they insert where????

        • Rover 1

          Assertive- pushy, arrogant.

  • neight428

    With unlimited funs, you have no opportunity costs, so whatever extra little bit of something a particular model provides, well, why the hell not! There are plenty of cars that charge their owners extra for things not treasured by the hoonitariat, and I don’t think we are necessarily in any danger of buying them, but I am sure there would be plenty of purchases I would make that turned out to not be worth the headache, like the Holland and Holland Edition Range Rover.

    • Vairship

      Just be careful at those border crossings…

  • I’ve always thought I’d like to have a Ferrari Testarossa continuation built for me, but with every single component scaled up by ten per cent. Not only would it be rather easier for 6’5″ me to live with, but would draw considerable crowds at Car and Coffee events.

    • Hillman_Hunter

      There’s a 6’5″ guy here in town who dailies a Testarossa in the summer. But it’s one of the unsanctioned convertibles.

  • Luxury Lexus Land-yacht

    There’s something fundamentally wrong with me…’cause I’d kinda like to beat this in length.

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