Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mid Week Match-Up: Cheap Car For Matthew McConaughey

Welcome to another edition of Mid Week Match-Up, where readers scour the interweb for the perfect car for some random stranger in Milwaukee who is just going to head out and buy a new Lincoln at the dealer anyway...okay, that isn't entirely true, but today we are going to find a cheap car for Matthew McConaughey.  Why would Mr Can'tSpellHisLastNameWithoutSpellChecker only have five large to spend on a car -- THAT IS NOT IMPORTANT -- what is important is that we find a car that looks expensive, but is really cheap.  Budget ~$5k.



Many poor folks looking to seem well-off will lease some new BMW, but the tip off is that they'll have the base model with limited options and leases are only a few years old...no...that isn't the game we are playing today and leasing is for suckers.  You could also spend $5,000 on a nice boxy 80s Volvo and have a perfectly nice driver, but anytime I see a Volvo I think the owner is either (a) a professor, or (b) homeless (full disclosure, I know multiple Volvo driving professors and one Volvo driving/living/inhabiting homeless man).  What the person trying to save money, but look wealthy really needs is a depreciated high-spec luxury convertible like this 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL500 convertible offered for $4,000 in West Babylon, NY via cars.com.  It is old enough that no-one will be leasing one, but it looks like some real old school rich dude's car. 


The R129 generation Mercedes-Benz SL was available with a variety of engines, but the basic 5.0 liter V8 version (rated at 306 horsepower) is more than adequate to impress your friends without costing much more than a transmission rebuild on a Chevy Van.  What would you recommend for Matthew?  Comments below.

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    1. Sean -- there is a fine line between making you look really rich and making your mechanic actually rich...but you had me at Aston!! -Vince

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  2. Ahhh, ok, this is fun. Find a car for the poseur-type of car aficionado who's more into making a socioeconomic statement (even if in reality it's false) than in true appreciation of a given auto for its intrinsic merits....that sum up the ask? Can you give us a price ceiling to narrow this down a little? Heck, a $25k Quattroporte makes one look like a Colombian drug lord, but it's still not a bargain by DT standards.

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    1. FTB -- right, a price limit. I meant to put a $5k limit in the original post. Lemme update that.

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  3. Good color combo on this Bentley Turbo R

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bentley-Turbo-R-just-57-029-miles-and-turbo-must-see-drive-/391214012102?forcerrptr=true&hash=item5b162c16c6&item=391214012102

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  4. [img]http://www.oldbug.com/061604%20146.jpg[/img]

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  5. McConaughey may have been quite good in several movies and television shows; "True Detective", "U-571", "Lone Star", "Reign of Fire", "Killer Joe" and "Sahara" come quickly to mind but the man is a terrible wind bag in interviews. Somebody needs to tell him to stick a cork in it but I have the feeling he'd just keep talking even if the sound was completely muffled.

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    1. I wonder if naming it the "Muff Mobile" helps the sale or hurts it?

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    2. If anything at all broke on it, you could use this line: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuoFTO5p_M0

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  6. I'd go with Kaibeezy's Buick Roadmaster Wagon...I can see Matthew driving that rascal with the seat laid back, one had on the wheel and all the windows down...Alright,alright, alright...Maybe a set of longhorns on the front.

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    1. "I'm not driving a Roadmaster because they paid me to. I'm driving it because I've always liked it. It's an existentialist vehicle. Am I really here?"

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  7. It's simple. BMW 7 series. 5k gets you one that most squares think is new and worth $50k. Or slum it with a 5 series. Same effect on the non car-dork public. My $3500 540i looks BALLER and combined with my fedora and faux ivory cane the velvet ropes melt away...

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  8. It's simple. BMW 7 series. 5k gets you one that most squares think is new and worth $50k. Or slum it with a 5 series. Same effect on the non car-dork public. My $3500 540i looks BALLER and combined with my fedora and faux ivory cane the velvet ropes melt away...

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