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The brands on this list were chosen by rich people who participated in a survey conducted by the Luxury Institute answering questions about which companies they think are most prestigious.
This is NOT a list of cars selected based on price -- or based on what know-it-all middle-class car geeks (like myself) think are the best, for that matter. It is a list of cars that rich people PERCEIVE to be the best.
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-Matthew de Paula
Current Lotus cars pretty much suck. They are loud, they leak, they are uncomfortable, their radio and AC sucks, they have no trunk space, and you have to pretty much be a midget to get in and out. The styling goes back to '60's VW dune buggies as does the fit and finish. The only reason someone pays attention to them is because they won a few races 35 or so years ago. Their exclusivity is limited to the fact that no one wants them as is evident by the fact that they are discontinuing sales of the Elise and Exige in the U.S.
Prestigious? I don't think so.
World-wide, the number one/two selling car brands of people with a net worth of over 10 million dollars are BMW and Mercedes. Probably more than every other brand combined.
It is my opinion that this whole list is bogus. The vast majority of the super rich have never even heard of a Pagani, Maybach, Koenigsegg, Bugatti, Saleen, or McLaren. They have likely heard of Rolls, Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini, but very few know the models available.
I'd guess that this list was, in fact, made up by a bunch of over-read car nuts like myself, none of which fall in the super-rich category. The closest thing I have to an exotic is my '09 Z06 which simply ain't!
Well, money doesn't matter to me... I don't have any. But I have to say that no matter what car or truck I'm in, I'd rather be on my bike. So with that in mind, I'm recommending that if you want to get filthy, but aren't rich, check out the Santa Cruz Blur LTc with full Shimano XTR. Or if you want hand-made, look at Intense's still hand-made in USA rides. Something different? Need to be on the newest wave? How about the Santa Cruz Tallboy or Intense Spider with 29 inch wheels? Want to stand out in a crowd, get the Jones Spacebike.
The great thing - or maybe bad , if you're a poser - is that in the end, no matter how good, how expensive, how rad, your bike, it's still going to be up to you to power it, navigate it to where you want to be, and when you do, you will get props for doing so. Count on it.
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