Originally Posted by Hutnicks
Unfortunately you can legally cook the books these days and actually get approval for it. Enron being the biggest culprit there. Followed closely by RIMjob, sorry now Blackberry inc. Their entire business model was reliant upon never taking a single product back.
In the mid couture world of Ralph with a quarter year product life, I can very well see some shennanigans being played out. He should have bought out North Face or Arc'Teryx when he had the chance.
I seem to recall Ralph having a very stellar example of the Ferrari 250 California at one point. Is it up for grabs? The sultan seems to be in the Reggie Jackson mode of car collecting. Buy it store it sell it. I think you would really need a first hand inspection of any of those.
That's the advantage of buying through a broker like Alain Class Motors, they have a very good reputation for selling top-notch cars, and many cars like the Ruf have received basic maintenance while being stored. However, a lot of these are being sold as-is, or with a minimal inspection and service ("it starts"), to move them quickly. I'm fine with that, it's why I have a good crew. They can turn this:
in less than a month. The thing with them is they want to bundle cars together. Want the 962? You need to buy a Bentley or Rolls (or both) as well.
We worked out the 288 replicar and the Skyline, they're actually within 150 miles of each other, so I'm getting them picked up at the same time. Today I went out and test drove a Lexus LFA, the local dealer has one in stock, and I guess I don't get it. The ride is harsh, it shifts like an epileptic with Tourette's, and even though it's quite fast, it doesn't seem to be especially impressive, considering the price and the company it keeps. The sales girl was beaming over it and said "I'll bet you've never driven anything like that
!", and I gave her sideways look. "You're absolutely right".
Meh, I suppose I'm missing something there. Maybe it's the handling, I didn't get to really swing it around very much, being a dealer test drive and all, maybe that's it? Oh, and the Veyron, I nailed it the first time. Though it's better on the road than on the track, but it's still a bulky beast, much more a status symbol ("bling") than a sports car. Everyone seems to know what it is, though. We went to Chick-Fil-A for lunch and everyone was rubbernecking and checking it out. Even the employees were hanging out of the drive-thru window to look at it. I'd never felt so self-conscious about a car I was driving in my entire life, it even has a special (loud) "look at me" musical chime that goes off when you activate the alarm and central locking. Gaudy.Edited by Magick Man - 8/10/13 at 11:32pm