29 April, 2007

The cooler king

Whilst it's true that money can't buy you happiness, it will in the words of Pink Floyd's David Gilomour "allow you to park your yacht next to it". I try to have a relaxed attitude to little green scraps of paper - they are after all just a tool. Somebody gives me a little pile in exchange for several hours of work - I exchange them for beer, shelter, pictures of ladies in the nip and so forth.

But every now and again you see something for sale that makes you wish you'd paid a little less attention in school and ended up working in the City with the other idiots.

Steve McQueen's '63 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso is being offered for auction by Christie's in August, and those in the know predict it will achieve between $800,000 and $1.2 million.

Yes we all get a little tired of hearing how Steve was the 'barometer of cool' but dammit - he just oozes class. He personally spec'd medium-brown metallic paint and used it as a daily driver. I think I have a wee bit of man-love for Steve.

And let's face it sixties Ferraris (and Alfa's and Maserati and Astons and Jags) make their current incarnations look shit. There is such a thing as trying too hard.

Is selling crack still very profitable?