Almost tripping over supercars in Singapore
When you walk around in Singapore, it’s inevitable that you will spot at least one and probably multiple so-called supercars. Per day. Maybe even per hour.
In my hometown, Haarlem, I NEVER see one.
During the yearly F1-weekend you come across even more of them!
‘Super-cars’ or ‘hyper-cars’ are mega-expensive cars, often sports cars like Ferraris and Maseratis.
Now, if you know that even a simple Toyota Corolla (that hardly costs USD 20.000 in the USA) costs USD 80.000 in Singapore, then you understand that most supercars in Singapore cost between 1 and 7 million dollars. Yes, you read that right: millions of dollars!
Why write about expensive cars when they mean nothing to me?
As a self-proclaimed amateur-journalist and cultural anthropologist, I wander, wonder, observe, describe and share the world around me with you. I’m driven by curiosity, and I like to share the result of that curiosity, my pictures, observations, questions, thoughts and feelings, with you here, on curlytraveller.com. So that’s why I’m writing a post about crazy expensive cars, even though they tend to annoy me, rather than impress me! Capice?
So many millionaires
You may wonder who can afford these cars…
Well, I guess each and every one of the 150.000 millionaires of Singapore, which is about 2% of the population. The wealth per adult here is one of the highest in the world.
To compare: in the Netherlands that is 100.000 millionaires aka 1,3% of the population. Not bad either, but 20% are farmers who are millionaires because of their land and cattle. A very different kind of millionaires. Cash-poor and without glam or supercars.
One of the richest men of Singapore, Tommy Goh, has a supercar collection worth 25 million, so I read somewhere.
I also read that many of his cars have no registration. Meaning that they cannot drive around on the public roads, which makes them a lot ‘cheaper’ to buy, because registration is crazy expensive.
Why would you want a supercar in Singapore?
I always wondered why anyone would want a supercar in the first place and why you would want one in Singapore is even more a riddle to me, since the place is tiny. No long stretches where you can race and drive fast. So what’s the point?
I stumbled upon an article which seemed to answer my questions. Of course you need to take it with a pinch of salt. But it’s funny to read.
Six types of people that have supercars
The people who buy, own and drive supercars are divided into 6 categories (in the article I read):
- The Trophy Car Owner.
The Trophy Car Owner just wants to collect them, look at them and polish them. His cars are most likely Garage Queens.
Although I really have zilch nothing nada with cars, I CAN relate to the pleasure in ‘collecting’ stuff. My house is filled with lots of small collections. Pineapples, deer, Frida Kahlo, faux-fur coats, tango shoes…you name it, I have a mini-collection of it. All completely worthless, but precious to me.
- The Poser.
Drives around in his car just to be seen; attention seeker.
- The Enthusiast.
Really loves cars and is interested in the mechanics, specs and wants to know his car(-s) inside and out. Again, cars are not my thing, but I understand ‘fascination’ and ‘being hungry for knowledge’.
- The Rich Brat.
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he likes to be surrounded by ‘friends’ that join him for rides and live a posh life.
- The Self-proclaimed Racer.
Tries to drive as fast as he can wherever he can, roaring his engine. Boys will be boys?
- The Chick Magnet.
Mainly hopes to attract girls or women through his car.
Where it says ‘he’ you can probably also read ‘she’.
Is that a Lamborghini in the window?
Two buildings in Singapore that illustrate how much money is floating around in this city are Hamilton Scotts condo and the new supercar-vendingmachine-building by AutobahnMotors.
- Hamilton Scotts
Here you can live in a penthouse and have your treasured car(-s) right beside you, high in the sky.
- Supercar vending machine.
I have not seen this with my own eyes, but now I’ve heard about it, it’s on my list for when I’m back in Singapore. Sixty cars are displayed like in a vending machine. You can pick one from an iPad and two minutes later the vending machine spits it out and it’s yours. AFTER you pay, of course, duh! Still, bizar!
Even prop cars are cleaned frantically in Singapore
Talking about cars and being crazy for cars; this was so funny!
Honda placed some prop cars (not real scale; probably painted wood or plastic models) on top of a bus stop shelter. They were part of an ad campaign. During this campaign, the toy cars were regularly cleaned by a worker who’d climb on top of the busstop shelter.
We thought it was quite funny.
How about you? Are you into cars, racing and expensive collections? Or are there other things that make your heart beat faster?