The Geneva Motor Show is one of the auto industry’s best-known rites of Spring. Every March, the motoring world converges on the lakeside Swiss metropolis to gawk at all the new models (vehicular and otherwise) on neutral ground. It’s absolutely one of the crown jewels of the international auto show calendar.
And because it’s such a prestigious show, the manufacturers tend to bring their best production and concept cars to the Geneva Palexpo. This means picking out the best of the best is a mighty daunting task, which is why we’ve decided to expand the field to 25. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s hop to it.
The Internet has done many things to change the world, from putting seemingly limitless quantities of information at our fingertips, to taking video chat from science fiction to science fact, to making funny pictures of cats with poorly spelled captions touchstones of Western culture, to broadening the horizons of commerce. That last one is especially good for car enthusiasts, who are no longer limited to the likes of their local paper’s classifieds or the Recycler when shopping for a car.
We definitely harbor an appreciation for the vast dealership that is the World Wide Web, and we want to spread the gospel. How? By showing you folks what sort of awesome finds are out there waiting on sites like eBay Motors and Craigslist nationwide, of course. So to kick off this series, it would be fitting to start with something special right. And this is a special car that was built for special (and wealthy) people.
When picturing a luxury car in your mind’s eye, what do you see? Is it a mid- to full-size sedan or coupe with handsome, stately styling and a sumptuous, finely crafted interior? That’s the image we envision, but not every automaker has had that same vision over the years. Some manufacturers have – due to desperation, greed, thinking a little too far out of the box or some cocktail of reasons – released vehicles that, while billed as luxury cars, fail to cut the Grey Poupon. Here are 10 such vehicles that have us scratching our top-hat-capped heads.
An obscure Texas trio made it widely known that women dig a well-clothed chap. However, wardrobe isn’t the only means of make the ladies lock their eyes on you; what you drive can also play a significant role in modern courtship. Dating does, after all, rely heavily on first impressions, and making a good one – be it your threads, ride, greeting, whatever – could make the difference between an evening filled with awkward silence and an evening filled with awkward friskiness.
This is not to say that there aren’t women out there whose only criteria are immaterial things like sweetness and a sense of humor (and we’d really, really like to meet those gals). But if you show up in a Plymouth Horizon wearing its original Diahrrea Metallic paint and held together with dental floss, Great Stuff and street signs obtained via means of ambiguous legality, the odds of her asking you in after you bring her home are gonna be pretty slim. What’s more, the kind of vehicle you drive might not mesh well with the kind of girl you’re after; ladies who wear “No Blood for Oil!” shirts, for instance, seldom go on second dates with guys who roll up in lifted pickups. Just like in advertising, knowing your target audience is crucial. Here, then, are 10 automobiles guaranteed (Okay, semi-likely) to win over the sort of Fräulein you fancy.
Ever do something that was perfectly safe, totally harmless, and fun for all parties involved, yet somehow made you feel bad? That is how I feel when I watch this video. Snow drifting is to me what adopting children is to Brangelina; I do it as often as possible, wherever possible, and don’t care what people think of it. And yet, this video makes me feel dirty. A Rolls Royce Phantom power sliding in the snow just feels wrong.