It used to be that Americans gravitated to smaller, fuel-efficient cars because of high gas prices, combined with a severely constricted economy. Now, with more prosperity in the land and overall much lower fuel prices, people are once again returning to larger cars, trucks and SUVs in a big way.
These cars are a special breed, being the kind of thing that’s the subject of countless nightmares for designers and engineers, who wake up in a cold sweat as they realize that they didn’t contribute to such an atrocity on wheels.
As you might expect, car status doesn’t come cheap. Stylish and powerful cars can easily run up to $100,000 and beyond. Many people would love to make six figures in a year, but for a celebrity, that kind of money is just the cost of being cool.
Unless you’re due for a big raise down at the office, owning one of the cars on the above list is likely not in the cards. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to learn about the history and heritage of these legendary vehicles.
Everyone loves that new car smell. You know what everyone doesn’t love? That new car price tag. If you want to ride around town in the latest and greatest ride, it’s going to cost you big time. Between the price of the car, the warranty, the insurance, and more, you will be lucky to get out of the dealership with your pants still in place.
Muscle cars hold a magical appeal, turning even the most mature of men into drooling little boys. While everyone expects a vehicle that looks like a Viper or Corvette to be fast, muscle cars can sometimes be sleepers, taking other drivers by surprise.
While some automakers such as Lexus brag about how quiet and refined their vehicles are, some want a car that’s just as loud and crude as they are, brashly announcing everywhere they go that it’s a superior machine to other vehicles on the road.