Borrowed Luxury: A Drive In Your Dream Car May Not Be Out Of Reach
NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — For most drivers super cars and ultra luxury vehicles are simply too expensive to think about buying.
Now, some local companies have put the experience within reach by offering drivers borrowed luxury, CBS 2′s Dick Brennan reported.
At Gotham Dream cars in Englewood, N.J. anyone can get behind the wheel of a top of the line super luxury vehicle.
“We see the guy who makes $30,000 that wants to play a millionaire on the weekend and we also see the Saudi princes,” John Ferretti said.
Drivers can make a statement behind the wheel of a Rolls Royce or a Lamborghini, and for many these cars mean a chance to be the big man out on the town.
“We track them on the GPS,” Ferretti said, “We see them circling Times Square for hours just showing off.”
Most people opt for the one shot weekend rental which costs anywhere from $4,500 to $6,000. Longtime Gotham customer David Noto, said that it’s worth it.
“It’s fun, it’s invigorating, and it’s a lot less expensive than owning the car yourself,” he said.
At the Classic Car Club in Lower Manhattan drivers can pay an annual fee to ride impeccably restored cars from the glory days of automobiles.
Co-Owner Zac Moseley took CBS 2′s Brennan out for a spin in a 1967 Dodge Charger, an iconic muscle car.
Moseley said that the cars have different personalities and that driving them gives members a chance to be someone else for the day.
“There’s a little bit of the bad boy in everyone who wants to drive this car,” Moseley said.
Members can even rent out retro race cars. Moseley showed CBS 2′s Brennan a 1966 Ford GT 40 that may not be for everyone.
“The members that take this really show their mettle,” he said, “It’s not an easy thing to drive.”
The classic cars give the driver something that’s missing from their modern automated counterparts, Mosely explained.
“We’re selling an experience. People love to get behind the wheel. Live the dream,” he said.
At Classic the dream costs about $8,000 a year for up to 40 rides. Less expensive packages are available or drivers can go during the week when prices are reduced.
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