Originally Posted by Mustapha
I'm the OP and I'm back. If the symbolism of a RR is as attractive as it seems to be to some folks here, so be it. And, it's not neutral symbolism - as some folks here think it might be.
Vintage or new RR - they are purchased with an aim to connote or confer status. Of the worst kind. What other more visible manifestation is there of excess? Big home? You have to invite your friends over. Diamond Rolex? It's hidden under your sleeve.
I'm on a roll :>) here. There cannot be a more public way of displaying your crassness than a RR. I cannot think of one. Period. In a few minutes in a RR you can buy gas and be seen. Park in front of 'La Escargo' and be seen. Drive up to the valet at the Hilton-nada and be seen strolling out.
You can wear Victorian platinum links, Mattuozzo shirt, A&S single button suit, Lobbs, Hermes tie, ascot, riding breeches, ostrich and croc turn up shoes - these are all private indulgences and pleasures. Nothing, and I emphasize - nothing - sends out the broadband signals that a RR does.
Some times a smoke is just a smoke, and a car is just a car.
The RR badge isn't gaudy, and some of the cars shown don't look all that different from Jags of the same era. The older cars with the long hoods - well, whether it's a Rolls or a Bugatti or a Packard, most people aren't going to scrutinize it, other than to say that it's well-kept, the owner must value it.
And therein lies a major part of why I don't take exception - in a world of disposable durables and conspicuous consumption, here's a group of people who have committed to the upkeep for something that is built to last. It's not the latest BMW M5, nor is it some gaudy Lambo. If this was a collection of new M5's I would call it pretentious and highly conspicuous. These Rolls owners are people who - for the most part - can drive whatever they want, and they're opting for this.
It's not driven by fashion or current trends or marketing campaigns. These people chose these cars for what they are, and I can think of nothing less pretentious.
Speaking of Jags, I was on the freeway when I passed a newer model low-slung Jag convertible. The driver was wearing a cowboy hat, which I thought was poor form. First, I expected him to put a hat rack in his jag. Second, it looked like a straw hat, which ain't in season for another month or so.