by Martha Hindes
are times when the only thing that can make the proper statement
is a new automobile. And it's not just any auto, of course, but
the one that pours out the correct image to our colleagues, to
our neighbors, to us.
are the special driving machines that dwell less on need and more
on want or must-have. They satisfy the quest for perfection as
we appreciate their touches of fine craftsmanship, their seamless
bodies with lustrous finishes, and their superb feel as they wrap
around us. We thrill at the thunder underfoot as they roar to
life then coast with abandon past the limitations of mediocre
and into the stratosphere of unbridled three-digit performance.
They soothe us with their lavish touches of pure pleasure with
subtleties that continue to surprise and delight.
are the jewels that can surpass the gratification of a successful,
fast-paced bidding war for that special antique, the resplendent
box seat at a long sold-out opera or play, or the consummation
of a major, hard-fought business deal for the pure satisfaction
of the win. And since they go wherever we go, they are always
present in our lives.
may not pass into the heady heights of legend where a few handcrafted
beauties -- the Maybachs, Bentleys, Aston Martins -- reside. But
the feeling, we know, is close. We have chosen to own a luxury
car for our own personal reasons. And that's all the reason that's
those discerning car lovers, we offer the following insights.