Go to Google, enter “you are what you drive,” and you’ll get some 1,590,000,000 results. Which probably shows just how valid such pairings of cars with people are.
I take my cue from the honorable (generally so, though not in his role as TV critic yesterday) tgriffith’s piece today pairing rich people with the often surprising cars they drive. As the Yahoo survey tells us, sometimes the shoe fits, and sometimes it doesn’t.
There is a lot of misinformation out there on the Web about who drives, or should drive, what. The only reason we care about such stuff is to make inferences about the personalities of the owners. So we look at their big-ticket items like houses and cars. If we really wanted to know more about rich people, we’d look at the offices they work in (or their phone logs), for instance.
It’s a big guessing game, and it’s amusing. Derek Kreindler of TTAC showed a photo of a used Bentley Arnage and a newish Mustang parked in front of a modest house in Toronto. He then speculated that the owners were likely not wealthy or “to the manor born.” I like commenter McGilligan’s remark: “Or it’s owned by the ‘manor born’ landlord surveying his rental property holdings.”