Saturday, November 23, 2013
My Dream Car... and Dreams Deferred
I was going through some old pictures on my iPhone when I noticed this photo of a Nissan GTR that I took last summer in Michigan. Usually I blur out the license plate in a photo but figured that since this guy had a vanity plate he wouldn't care, anyways.
Whether the GTR is the "fastest" car around or merely extremely fast is an academic exercise... in any case it is about as fast a car that you could buy for day to day driving that is street legal. The car is also reasonably practical, with decent ground clearance, a trunk and a (tiny) back seat, and I've seen them driving around Chicago even in winter.
The car costs roughly $100,000. I looked at the 2008-9 models and used the car costs about $70,000, so they hold their value reasonably well. Virtually all autos depreciate down to zero but some cars actually hold their value due to a different type of audience, and this car has a chance to do so.
And yet... of course I haven't bought one. It would be totally impractical for me likely because I am not a great driver and have no experience with a high performance auto - I would probably run it into a wall in our parking garage or spin it out in the street. But I could buy it and put it in a garage somewhere in the country and take it out every so often for a ride...
Why the GTR? I think it looks really cool. And it sounds great. And I have owned Nissans for many years and they have been very reliable, so I figured that if I ever was going to buy an expensive car, I didn't want it to be an ongoing money pit (cue the violins for my 1994 BMW 740IL).
But looks like another year of dreams deferred.