Originally Posted by xpress
I can't help but post...
I love reading posts pertaining to Rolls Royce, Bentley... Really anything that is considered British Luxury.
I read them for the content, but.. in complete honesty, I read them for the vocabulary.
"Nice" is transformed to 'elegant, beautiful, etc"
"Car" is transformed to "automobile, motorcar, etc"
I don't quite know if people are trying to sound more refined, when speaking of a topic which is in itself quite refined... Or if these threads bring forth a new poster, and leave the "ricer boys" to chat about the newest intake for the RSX...
Either way, quite entertaining.
Quite smashing, elegant, luscious motorcars, those Rollers!
I think this is very perceptive.
Although, from a technical stance, Rolls-Royce vehicles have often failed to live up to their popular reputation as "The best cars in the world", the brand's image has been brilliantly managed over the decades.
Although I am often quite irritated by blatant snobbery and class-ism, I think Rolls-Royce has used these things very cleverly to best effect.
We all know that Rolls-Royce is all a myth -- just an abstract concept -- an idealized fantasy of fine living and prestige in the form of a car. After all, is it not rather silly to build a machine and furnish it with elaborately inlaid cabinetry, hand-stitched leather upholstery, heavily chromed metal, and finished off with a finely cast Art Nouveau
sculpture of a half naked woman?. It really borders on kitsch. And yet, it all seems to make perfectly rational people go all lyrical and poetic. I know Rolls-Royce is not enjoyed by everyone -- but I am glad that such things do still exist ...regardless of how unnecessary they are.
Rolls-Royce has almost exclusively kept alive an old-fashioned romantic idea of the automobile as an "automated carriage", rather than just mere transportation -- and that is something special and worthy of respect.