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As we mentioned in a previous post, Midwest Glass Tinters of Deer Park has the opportunity to tint some really high-end cars. We recently tinted a Fiskar Karma, which is a beautiful vehicle, and obviously one that only a select group of wealthy drivers will ever have an opportunity to own.
Aside from Karmas, though, what other vehicles are the wealthy driving? CNBC recently answered that question based on research done by Truecar.com. While some vehicles, like BMW and Mercedes, were expected, others were somewhat surprising. Following is a list of the top 10 cars the wealthy in the U.S. are driving:
1. Mercedes-Benz E-Class – A runaway favorite, the $51,365 E-Class was a top hit in wealthy U.S. cities.
2. BMW 328i - The $35,795 BMW 328i is also a top pick for discriminating drivers in the U.S.
3. At $36,095, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class comes in third, particularly in zip codes where residents earn an average income of $659,000.
4. In fourth position, is the Lexus RX Luxury SUV at $39,950, a big hit in wealthy areas where the average income is $633,000 a year.
5. Interestingly, the eco-friendly Toyota Prius is one of the most popular cars in three very affluent zip codes where residents’ average income is $672,000 a year.
6. Coming in sixth place is the Volkswagen Jetta at $26,085. Despite the fact that residents in the communities where the Jetta is most popular make an average of $782,000 a year, this low-profile, reliable vehicle is a big hit.
7. In Manhattan’s 10274 zip code, despite the high incomes of residents, many are more than happy to drive the $23,070 Honda Accord, which is one of the most popular cars among Manhattan’s drivers.
8. The BMW X5 luxury SUV comes in 8th in popularity among wealthy drivers in the U.S. At $58,595, it’s one of the most popular vehicles in areas where the average income of $5,711,000.
9. The $25,535 Toyota Camry has long been Americans’ reasonably-priced mid-size car of choice, even in high income areas such as downtown Chicago, where drivers tend to drive non-luxury vehicles like the Camry, Honda, Volkswagen and Jeep.
10. Rounding out the top ten is the $29,575 Honda CRV, which is not only one of the most popular cars among the wealthy in Manhattan; it’s driven by working class and middle class Manhattan residents as well.
If you’re driving one of these vehicles, you’re certainly in good company, and if you get your vehicle’s windows tinted by Midwest Glass Tinters of Deer Park, you’ll be even cooler.
No, you’re not seeing things; that’s an actual two-sided 1968 Camaro. This extraordinary muscle car was the brain child of the manager of the State Farm Vehicle Facility in Bloomington, IL, and was constructed over a period of 3.5 years as an agent training tool and for ads for Classic Car Insurance Policies.
The universe of Classic Cars runs the gamut from cars not worth their weight in scrap metal to multi-million dollar autos. Insuring one of these vehicles is a very involved process and often starts with a guess about the car’s value; and the car’s value can be very subjective. About four years ago when State Farm agents noticed a growing demand for Classic Car policies, State Farm decided to take it upon itself to explain the nuances of classic cars to its agents, and the idea was born.
The construction, done by four State Farm builders, began with the discovery of a 1968 Camaro among thousands of totaled cars. The car looked great from a distance, but once you were up close, it was “far from good”, according to Tom Hollenstain, the Research Administrator for State Farm’s Bloomington facility. The driver’s side of the Camaro was completely restored back to it’s original factory state, while the passenger side was restored with sloppy body filler, odd-sized wheels and massive brakes.
Even the engine is split — one side has an aluminum head while the other side has cast-iron. State Farm’s builders carefully melded the middle of the hood, grille and paint with that from a Camaro SS and kept the line razor-sharp through the car. The split-personality car does move, but not well, thanks to mismatched brakes.
While this option is definitely one way to get your ride noticed, a far more practical way is to get it tinted by Midwest Glass Tinters of Deer Park. Not only will it streamline the look of your vehicle, but in these extreme summer temperatures, it will help keep the car’s interior substantially cooler. Call us for a quote or to make an appointment at 847-438-1133 or email us at email@example.com.
It must be nice to have a spare $1.1 million to spend on a new car, but that’s what Steven Tyler just spent on the world’s fastest street-legal convertible. The Hennessey Venom GT Spyder will accelerate to 200 mph in 15.9 seconds, eight seconds faster than a Bugatti Veyron.
Tyler will be the first owner of a convertible version of the Venom GT. ”Steven came to us last year and asked if we could build his Venom GT as a roadster”, says John Hennessey. It required some structural changes to the integrated rollcage to accommodate the removable top which resulted in modifications to adjust for the weight changes. Only five Venom GTs will be built this year and Tyler’s will be the only convertible.
In its review of the Venom GT after a test ride in the a prototype last year, Jalopnik.com described the hand-built supercar as “the best way to die”. Fortunately the number of owners having that option is very limited.
$4.6 Million might seem like a lot for a vehicle, but as CNN reports, last week, the world’s oldest running car was sold at a Hershey, PA auction for just that! RM Auctions, the company that auctioned the car, had predicted that the car would sell for about half that amount. The $4.6 Million bid represents the highest price ever paid for an early automobile at auction. It had been last sold in 2007 for around $3.5 million at a Pebble Beach, CA auction.
The steam-powered car was built in France in 1884, two years before Daimler and Benz independently built their first experimental gasoline-powered cars and 12 years before Henry Ford finished his first garage-built car.
The De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux, fueled by coal, wood and bits of paper, was nicknamed “La Marquise” and was originally built for the French Count De Dion, one of the company’s founders. It still runs today and takes about half an hour to work up enough steam to drive. Its top speed is 38 miles per hour — not exactly a race car, but amazing for its time.