When you’re ready to start breaking necks and taking scalps, nothing says “oh there’s a rich guy” like seeing some Town Car parked outside a fancy restaurant or dildo shop. And the richest 1% have figured this out, too! That’s why the latest trend for the world’s kleptocrats is not some ostentatious European sports car, but a humble van that actually hides a luxury vehicle interior.
As the economy limps along and more attention is paid to the so-called 1 percent, some of the richest New Yorkers have taken to driving around in vehicles that ooze neither wealth nor privilege. But on the inside, the vans may be as lavishly decorated as the private railroad cars owned by turn-of-the-century industrialists.
But don’t worry, the custom vans can cost up to $500,000 and are still very obnoxious. For one thing, they’re gigantic, so they take multiple parking places and often don’t fit in any legal parking spot, so the chauffeurs idle in a red zone or whatever until the parking cop comes along and then realizes it’s a rich person van and then, surely, speeds away without issuing a ticket. [New York Times]