In a marketing blunder of epic proportions, the nice folks at Sill-Terhar Motors invited Mary & me to test drive a couple of "exotic" cars this morning. On tap was a Maserati QuattroPorte and....wait for it.... a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder!
Exactly why Sill-Terhar thought we might be good prospects for such an event is buried in a different, long gone and sadly departed real estate market. No matter, we're just extremely thankful they haven't been paying attention.
We showed up at the Embassy Suites in Loveland at 9 AM this morning to be greeted by the always amiable Jack Terhar and a stable of various Maseratis, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis. We decided to warm up with the Maserati. And I was amazed that they spent a minute showing us the controls, handed us the keys and sent us on our way - no adult supervision!
The Maserati is a sweet ride. Beautiful interior, nice leather, excellent cockpit layout, very comfortable and a very sensible Realtor car since it has four doors :) And it's very, very fast. We headed out into the countryside and I had it up to 130 in nothing flat, and it rode like a dream, with apparently lots in reserve. And the "sport" setting instantly turned it into a serious performance car. And when Mary had her turn, she had me white-knuckled with a couple of moves that are probably only legal in Italy.
I wouldn't call it bargain at $137k, but I sure wouldn't mind owning one.
And then it was time for the main event, and again, no adults in sight. The Lamborghini is a 556 horsepower V-10, lists for $230k and comes from a different planet. The cockpit is snug, and the layout screams "jet fighter", with paddle shifters and cool instrumentation. And when you step on the gas, the growly, snarly sound and the big hand pushing you back in the seat have you focused very quickly. Because all of a sudden, you're going really fast. No, seriously, I mean really fast. Way back in time, when such a thing was possible and affordable, I used to race cars, but I've never driven anything as pure animal as this car. To say it was a thrill is a total understatement. It's two hours later and we're both still full of adrenaline.
On the way back to the office, in my now pathetic ride, Mary and I were relating the experience to real estate. The Lamborghini costs more than most of the condos and townhomes in the area, and a lot of homes as well. We certainly wouldn't qualify as serious buyers, and we didn't have a pre-approval letter. Yet they let us drive those cars anyhow, and didn't even accompany us on our "showing".
But, from Sill-Terhar's standpoint, it probably wasn't a total bust - if a miracle happens, say, a winning lotto ticket or, less likely, a return of the early 2000's real estate market, that Lamborghini is going to be at the top of my list. And they do sell a lot of other, regular cars (I don't think anyone has ever referred to a Volvo as exotic), and I'm going to be grateful to them for the opportunity for a long while.