Coming from the ‘small village’, as my colleague calls it, of Port Elizabeth, you never get the opportunity to see a Rolls Royce in the metal, and certainly not a dealership full of them!
Whilst walking down Berkeley Square yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon not one, but two very thrilling showrooms for a car enthusiast such as myself. The moment I saw the Rolls Royce sign in the distance I was already excited, and gazing through the window I was greeted with the beautiful sight of a Phantom Series 2.
Coming from the ‘small village’, as my colleague calls it, of Port Elizabeth, you never get the opportunity to see a Rolls Royce in the metal, and certainly not a dealership full of them! I was surprised at the sheer size of these cars as well as the beauty. The designers have ingeniously managed to create a car that looks modern and stylish while at the same time resembling the old classic Rolls design elements. Perhaps what shocked me even more was that it was priced at a cool £368,000! Now I know why there are no dealerships in PE – hardly anyone would ever buy a car that costs the equivalent of a large house in South Africa. We can all dream of our driver parading us around in one, though, especially given how annoying the public transport in London can be. Sitting in the back drinking champagne without having to worry about getting on and off of the bus in the rain or having the flu-ridden person next to us coughing in our face…it would be sheer bliss.
As if I hadn’t satisfied my car lust enough for one day, I then spotted the one and only Bugatti Veyron at the Bentley dealership next door, the fastest street legal production car in the world with a top speed of over 400km/h and named car of the decade by BBC’s Topgear. This was the Grand Sport version, a 2010 model priced at â‚¬920,000. This machine is so advanced it even has automatic spoiler deployment and lowering suspension to counteract the sheer speed and hold the car onto the road, without which the car would literally lift off the ground at top speed. While not as much of a looker as the Rolls in my opinion, it definitely has a presence about it, accentuated by the two-tone body colour and sporty grill. Not bad for a car designed and developed by Volkswagen.
Funny but after seeing these two, suddenly the Porsche dealership across the road didn’t look all that exciting. Not that I would ever object to owning one, but in a city like London where you see it all, it really takes something special to make your head turn and yesterday I found it.
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