April 04, 2009
Épater la bourgeoisie
Walking back to my house from the mailbox a few minutes ago, I glanced through the usual detritus-to-be and whatnot and espied the new issue of The Economist (above).
The cover crystallized a thought that occurred to me last week, when I read an article about how Rolls-Royce sales in the U.S. — where they start at $380,000 — haven't been affected at all by the economic downturn.
But as the collapse continues and should it become a steady state sort of affair, à la Japan for the past 20 years — I still find it nearly unbelievable that the Nikkei average remains at about one-fifth of its record 1989 high (below) —
the time may come when driving or parking a flash car in many places will expose the owner to real danger to person and/or property.
I foresee a promising market in luxury car conversions that render the vehicles unremarkable from the outside such that only the occupant(s) are aware of the ultra-luxe technology and features inside.
A good first step would be retractable opaque shields outside the windows (including the windshield), making the vehicle visually impenetrable.
Wouldn't hurt in terms of security for items left inside, either.
April 4, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink
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You have been watching too much Batman.
Posted by: Milena | Apr 4, 2009 4:51:03 PM
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