On Monday (the 13th) I told my wonderful wife that we would have sub-freezing temperatures in our immediate area on Thursday night/Friday morning even though neither AccuWeather nor the National Weather Service forecast lows at or below 32°.
I don’t really tolerate these temperatures well, anymore, but maybe—and any botanists can correct me if I’m wrong—pollen production will diminish for a day or two. Oh, today’s forecast for Scottsdale, Arizona is for mostly sunny weather with a high of 87° and clear tonight with a low of 56°.
From this article comes the news that Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera has announced that its limited-edition Touring Sciadipersia model will be offered in the U.S. market as a coupe or cabriolet. Here’s a picture from the article:
Before you start saving your money, only 30 will be built in total, 15 each of the coupe and cabriolet, or as we know it, convertible. These cars have great looks, no doubt, but they are basically re-bodied Maserati Gran Turismos. Here is a picture of the “real thing” from AutoTrader:
This 2015 Gran Turismo coupe has about 20,000 miles and the seller, a dealer in our old stomping grounds of Plano, Texas, is asking $37,900. Technically, this is not a Frugal Friday post, but that sounds like a good deal to me.
When my wonderful wife and I lived in Plano, we often visited the Ferrari/Lamborghini/Maserati dealer. (Plano is an affluent suburb of Dallas. Not sure how recently this was published, but this CBS News feature ranked Plano as the 5th best city in which to live in the US.) They were very nice to us and as we usually drove there in a nice car (my Corvette or my wife’s Jaguar), I guess they took us seriously as potential buyers. I think I still have a shirt with the official “Maserati” on it that was given to me during one of our visits.
Anyway…I wish Superleggera luck and hope that they will be successful in establishing a foothold in the US. One idea for a post I have long had is that the US car market is really missing a domestic super-luxury make. Duesenberg occupied that role, but has been out of business since 1937. One can buy a Rolls-Royce or similar car here, but none of them are made here. Even with what’s going on at present, which will pass eventually, lots of people in the US have lots of money and some of them might opt to buy a domestic super-luxury car if one were available.
I have a friend who is a talented artist. When we met in the 1980s, she was also a struggling artist. During one visit she said she might have to lower the prices of her paintings. I suggested that, instead, she raise her prices. Some people want to signal they are wealthy by paying more for something. She took my advice. Lo and behold, she started selling her work and soon was given a six-figure sum to create paintings for a famous local university.
I think, and I am repeating myself for effect, that a domestic super-luxury make might sell well. I doubt, though, that we will see anything super-luxury except maybe an SUV. Pas pour moi…
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