Where the Wild Cars Are

Bugatti Veyron in California: Yours for $1.6 million

Bugatti Veyron in California: Yours for $1.6 million

The movie “Where The Wild Things Are” is out in theaters. I’m sure it’s a fine movie, and I’ll probably see it, but when I think of “wild things,” two things come to mind. One is not appropriate for this blog, and the other is cars.

So I got to thinking: Where in the USA are all the wild cars? My first guess of course was California. Last time I was there I was passed by a Lamborghini, a few Bentleys, and a Maserati. On one highway.

I figured the best way to get an idea of where the wild cars are in our country would be to find out where the dealers are. I used this map from NewCars.org. Turns out we’re surrounded by wild cars (by my definition, cars that cost at least $100K) with not much to speak of in the middle of the country.

1st Place: California

Check out these numbers: California has five Ferrari dealers, five Lamborghini dealers, five Maserati dealers, seven Bentley dealers, five Aston Martin dealers, and 17 (!?) Maybach dealers. Oh, and three of the 9 U.S. Bugatti dealers. I could end this blog right now, because California is no doubt where the wild cars are. Nearly all of them. But I’m curious, so I’ll keep going.

2nd Place: Florida

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti: available in Florida!

Ferrari 612 Scaglietti: available in Florida!

I should’ve known. Florida is basically the East Coast’s California, but with more Buicks. The state does have some impressive wild-car numbers, though: Five Bentley dealers, five Aston Martin dealers, two Lamborghini dealers, four Ferrari dealers, four Maserati dealers, and even the elusive Bugatti dealer.

3rd place: Texas

Bentley Continental GT: The perfect oilman's car. Just needs a set of steer horns on the hood.

Bentley Continental GT: The perfect oilman's car. Just needs a set of steer horns on the hood.

Oil millionaires have ample opportunity to spend their cash and fuel their oil addiction with two Aston Martin dealers, two Bentley dealers, three Ferrari dealers, one Lamborghini dealer, three Maserati dealers, and three Maybach dealers.

4th Place: The Northeast

A screamin' deal on a Maserati!

A screamin' deal on a Maserati!

I guess it’s the winters and the mountains that keep the money-saturated Northeast out of the Top 3. Who wants to drive a Lamborghini on a frigid Boston day? Still, the Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts area combines for some decent numbers. Between the states, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Maserati, and Lamborghini are all represented.

5th Place: Tie between Arizona and Washington

Aston Martin DB9: yours for just under $200,000!

Aston Martin DB9: yours for just under $200,000!

Believe it or not, rain-soaked Washington and sun-spoiled Arizona are pretty similar in numbers. In Washington you can find one dealer each for Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, and Maserati. Arizona also has Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, and Maserati. Neither has Lamborghini. Arizona’s tiebreaker could be the presence of Bugatti in Scottsdale.

Dead Last Place:

Everywhere from Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The only wild cars here are the trucks used to hunt the real wild things: hogs, elk, and bears.

Where do you live, and have you ever seen a real exotic car on the road in your area?

-tgriffith

7 Comments

  1. Greenwich, CT alone hosts a Bugatti, Lotus, Aston Marton, Ferrari, Lamborghini and I’m pretty sure a Bentley dealership. And I don’t know if Fisker fits under the “Wild Car” category but they’ve got one of those there too.

  2. i live in Wisconsin and we now have a Maserati dealership…but still wish we had more.

  3. Raleigh, NC

    Ive seen quite a few exotics in the area…a few lambos, Ferrari, and Bentleys. However the most exotic that I have seen driving around was a Mercedes McLaren SLR going through Apex NC. We have a Maserati and Roles Royce dealership in town…Ferrari/Maserati/Porsche just down the road in Greensboro.

  4. I live in Boone, NC. A lot of them are more low key, but there are a ton of super rich people who have homes here or who are retiring to the surrounding area. I can think of about half a dozen bentley continentals, a couple of maserati’s, a couple of ferraris, a rolls or two, etc that I see from time to time. Just the other day I passed a gallardo driving down the main street. For some reason there are a lot of old steudabaker avanti’s here. I can think of four and I see them regularly. Not an ‘exotic’, but a rarity none the less.

  5. I live in New Berlin, WI, a suburb of Milwaukee. I have seen one Lamborghini drive through my city. I wish there were more. . .

  6. There are now 3 Bentley and 3 Aston Martin dealers. We are the newest in Texas Austin Texas.Its John Eagle European.

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