In response to reading DC’s Ed Note, June 2017, about car companies nurturing car ownership. I agree aspiring to own the flagship of your favourite manufacturer is a worthwhile pursuit, however I believe in this world of supply versus demand and entitlement, that dues need to be paid, too.
When noted manufacturer A, B or C produces a limited run, the people that have worked hard for the car should ideally have some history with the marque, rather than just saving up and expecting to buy one from the showroom floor. The guy/lady that has ‘garages already full of Cayennes, Carreras and Macans’ has a relationship with Porsche, and, hopefully, can already tell you the nuances of the new GT3 over the outgoing model. If that model has been the buyers dream for however long, I would like to think they’re savvy enough to know and expect some or all of the hoops they’ll be asked to jump through.
I also agree that some lucky people that get these pinnacle cars may not utilise them as intended, like the spotty ‘yoof’ on P-plates (illegally) driving a new M5 through Double Bay with the bass turned up to 11 or the Superleggera owner that got rounded up at Wakefield Park by a 1990 Pulsar GTi-R. I believe that’s where prospective owners who miss out really hurt.
On the very rare occasions where a dreamer wins it big on lotto, or Aunt Myrtle leaves behind a vast sum where they can, in a day, walk in to a dealer and say they want their hero car and sharpish, well... good luck on their endeavours.
A distant possibility is never impossible, but if I wanted a W1, AMG GT R or a GT3, I would’ve actioned a plan to acquire one as soon as the concept-to-production verification was done.
Maybe the way the world is changing has a lot to do with the desirability of these performance cars. In 25 years’ time, will a first-gen Tesla really be worth a whole heap more than its initial purchase price? Just my thoughts on a cold day in rural NSW.