But the world is a crazy place; so today, we have Trump. Then again, we also have spectacularly pretty Volvo coupes, too, so I suppose you win some, you lose some.
Volvo, Polestar... what matters is that it's utterly lovely to behold from every angle. Well, almost; I'm not fully sold on the grille yet. What's less enthralling is that you won't actually be able to buy one - and even if you do manage to 'own' one of the 500 being produced each year on a subscription model, it'll be left-hand drive.
Still, it got me to thinking about Volvo's coupe heritage - a phrase that once might have been laughed at, but doesn't seem so daft nowadays. Full disclosure: I have a huge soft spot for these things, having spent a couple of days blatting around in my youth in a borrowed C70 T5. While now I'm sure I'd recognise its dynamic flaws, at the time I'd only ever taken the wheel of a Citroen ZX and a Nissan Micra, so it felt like the fastest thing on earth.
convertible form, albeit for quite a steep price. I've recently seen T5 coupes going for less than a grand, so even the very best shouldn't set you back more than two - three at the most.
It's not just the C70 that appeals, though. There's also the C30, an attractive little car in any form, but again it's the T5 version you want, and that's rare. We could only unearth this one in the classifieds - which sounds promising, even if it does lack images.
Other Volvo coupes are tempting, too. Some of you will greet this with a snort of derision, but I'm a fan of the C30's inspiration, the 480; also becoming deeply uncommon, and with prices still at rock-bottom (tidy, low-mileage Turbo for £1,500, anyone?), a wonderful way to get into a modern classic without paying the usual extortionate prices of today.
The 480's bigger brother, the 780, and its predecessor, the 262C, are vanishingly rare on Britain's roads, largely as the former was never sold in the UK, and the latter only as a special order. But there's a 780 for sale right now for under £10,000 in the Netherlands - not cheap, but were I looking for a left-field alternative to a BMW 6 Series or Jaguar XJS, I'd be sorely tempted.
the P1800 - which is one reason prices are rather serious these days. Still, £25,000 gets you one of the best useable cars, while a little over £50,000 gets you what would appear to be a concours contender direct from the US of A.
All of which is lovely - but I still can't get away from the value offered by one of those C70 T5s. As a smooth, suave barge with globs of power and proper comfort, few cars can match it for the price. And while I'd never go as far as to tout it as an investment opportunity, you never know what that Polestar 1 might do to the desirability of big, fast Volvo coupes - especially ones you can actually buy.