What happened to genuinely posh cars and their targets?

What happened to genuinely posh cars and their targets?

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RMDB9

Original Poster:

1,711 posts

12 months

Saturday 3rd April
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http://www.jag-lovers.org/brochures/ds420.html

Where are these people gone?
Ascot
Slim red-lined briefcase
Nubar Gulbekian types with sashs and white gloves
Etc

Would they chose to be driven in a modern-day Phantom? Maybach? G63 AMG?

jamei303

2,608 posts

120 months

Saturday 3rd April
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Even Prince Michael has gone full SUV


Flumpo

2,333 posts

37 months

Saturday 3rd April
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jamei303 said:
Even Prince Michael has gone full SUV

That’s good to see, I thought Buster Merryfield had passed away.

MadCaptainJack

61 posts

4 months

Saturday 3rd April
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VSKeith

98 posts

11 months

Sunday 4th April
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Flumpo said:
jamei303 said:
Even Prince Michael has gone full SUV

That’s good to see, I thought Buster Merryfield had passed away.
Have a rofl

DanielSan

16,050 posts

131 months

Sunday 4th April
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To quote a friend at Bentley, the Mulsanne has only been made this last few years because the Phantom had stopped production. There's all but no market for a circa 250k posh/luxury saloon now so no one bothers to make one anymore.

T1berious

1,411 posts

119 months

Sunday 4th April
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Depends on your definition of "posh", I mean if you're incredibly well heeled (talking never worked a day in your life, the trust fund is bringing in tens of millions a month and you have "staff" for mundane things like buying cars) Rolls Royce has you pretty much covered.

The problem is the luxury manufacturers went high volume so for example Bentley is pretty much everywhere. Same with Mercedes etc. Roll back the clock 40 years that simply wasn't the case.

When my mates Dad got a Merc in 1982 we were like ooh! You saw them around but they weren't common place (suburban London).

Fast forward 40 years every other car is prestige(?) German. I suppose its a case of when everything's posh, nothing is (except the extreme end of the market).


RMDB9

Original Poster:

1,711 posts

12 months

Sunday 4th April
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Maybach, Phantom, Mulsanne - are they really on the same level as, say, a MB W100 600, a Silver Shadow or a DS420 in the old days?

DailyHack

1,262 posts

75 months

Sunday 4th April
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Flumpo said:
That’s good to see, I thought Buster Merryfield had passed away.
biggrin "..During the war"...

RMDB9

Original Poster:

1,711 posts

12 months

Sunday 4th April
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jamei303 said:
Even Prince Michael has gone full SUV

Well in blue, in a simple spec, why not.

whp1983

480 posts

103 months

Sunday 4th April
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Indeed.... the local Waitrose is always an interesting car park to see tastes changing.... the Range Rover which was the uniform of choice now appears to be being replaced by Tesla (really virtue signalling) and Audi E-tron (virtue signalling with nice interior)

Range rovers, jag XJs are getting less (XJs no more) the odd massive Bentley SUV too.

Shame as I like a big comfy discrete saloon but very much in the minority.

sleepera6

4,909 posts

61 months

Sunday 4th April
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RMDB9 said:
Maybach, Phantom, Mulsanne - are they really on the same level as, say, a MB W100 600, a Silver Shadow or a DS420 in the old days?
The Phantom is, not the Maybach or the Bentley

Jaguar steve

7,177 posts

174 months

Sunday 4th April
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Maybe they've all gone under the radar.

Given the ready willingness of certain groups of society to smash other peoples stuff up because they can then I'd be leaving the posh car at home and driving a nondescript older Eurobox instead for most of the time.

LeroyLoser

130 posts

2 months

Sunday 4th April
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sleepera6 said:
RMDB9 said:
Maybach, Phantom, Mulsanne - are they really on the same level as, say, a MB W100 600, a Silver Shadow or a DS420 in the old days?
The Phantom is, not the Maybach or the Bentley
Quite, was out in the new flying spur the other day, not what you’d expect though.

New S class is only just out, plus the new luxury EV from mercedes is out on the 15th april.

RMDB9

Original Poster:

1,711 posts

12 months

Sunday 4th April
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sleepera6 said:
RMDB9 said:
Maybach, Phantom, Mulsanne - are they really on the same level as, say, a MB W100 600, a Silver Shadow or a DS420 in the old days?
The Phantom is, not the Maybach or the Bentley
Ok but would a "dignitary", as opposed to a premier league footballer, a foreign oligarch or corner shop/scrap metal industrialist from north England, really drive a Phantom? Or the (nice) 7 series in a frock, Ghost?

Ambleton

5,151 posts

156 months

Sunday 4th April
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If you're properly posh, and understated British, you don't care about showing off. You don't need to.

Back in the day they bought posh cars because they were comfier and more refined than cheap cars.

Nowadays pretty much all mid-range and above cars are comfy, quiet etc, so why bother spending more.

fflump

272 posts

2 months

Sunday 4th April
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RMDB9 said:
Ok but would a "dignitary", as opposed to a premier league footballer, a foreign oligarch or corner shop/scrap metal industrialist from north England, really drive a Phantom? Or the (nice) 7 series in a frock, Ghost?
A "dignitary" is someone deemed to be important due to attainment of high office, usually public. In this country they will be salaried and not wealthy and may well not be particularly posh either.

If you mean inherited wealth/trust fund babies, vs. people that have earned their wealth (which you seem to have some disdain for), its likely to be the latter rather than the former. However, I rather think there will be more hedge fund managers buying a new Phantom rather than someone who owns a collection of corner shops.

Baldchap

4,039 posts

56 months

Sunday 4th April
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whp1983 said:
Tesla (really virtue signalling) and Audi E-tron (virtue signalling with nice interior).
You honestly think that's why people buy them? It isn't.

Deep Thought

28,684 posts

161 months

Sunday 4th April
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jamei303 said:
Even Prince Michael has gone full SUV

Surely that was a publicity / launch photo?

vikingaero

5,627 posts

133 months

Sunday 4th April
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jamei303 said:
Even Prince Michael has gone full SUV

He either looks very small or Bentley have launched another gargantuan oil tanker.