Have a holly, Jolly Christmas. The rare 1959 Fiat 600 Jolly has been driven by people such as US President Lyndon B. Johnson and renowned car collector Wayne Carini, though not at the same time of course. Estimates of the car are around $144,000, and this particular one was on the auction block for RM Sotheby’s in November.
Chris Warren, our Southwest Sales Manager, stumbled across his pick for $150k while visiting a dealership. He choose a beautiful yellow 2018 Porsche GT3, worth $150k on the nose. According to Chris, you would be “hard-pressed to find a more fun car to drive”.
Sales Manager Chris Warren “fell in love” with a car that he saw at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and it’s the car he would buy if money were no object. It’s a 1955 Porsche Carrera 1500 GT, with 11,000 original miles, and #11 of this series 15 “Pre-A” test cars. According to Chris, you would need $1.25 million to purchase this dream car… and notes that Premier can help put it in your driveway.
Rolls-Royce has produced a truly spectacular automobile with the 2021 Ghost, one that starts at $332,500. The original Ghost was well liked over its decade run; the new one will remind you of how 10+ years of luxury progress can transform a car.
The Fisker Karma, went on sale in 2011 and was gone by the following year. However, it re-emerged a few years later as Karma Automotive. They new company adopted the model name as its brand, reintroduced a much-updated version of the car and is planning a line of electrified vehicles. The Karma Revero GT is one of them, an extended-range electric vehicle that costs $135,000.
Sales Manager Chris Warren’s car buying advice for people looking to spend $75K is to find an early model Ferrari California. Although it may take some digging and patience to find one in that price range in great condition and with reasonable mileage, Chris promises that they are out there. According to Chris, it’s a car that’s way cooler than most new cars or trucks in that price range.
In this second edition of our publication, Premier Family Album, we pay tribute to Doreen Bequary, our Controller. Over the past 14 years, Doreen has has made many contributions to our company and clients. Read Doreen’s story, including how an interest in photography has taken her to more than 20 countries, and the discovery of her love for numbers.
This summer, RM Sotheby’s, Bonham’s, and Gooding & Company hosted online auctions in place of their usually scheduled Monterey events. Topping the list of cars sold at these auctions are a 2001 Ferrari V12 berlinetta that sold for $4.29 million at RM and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB “long nose,” which sold for $3.08m at Gooding & Co.
There’s an ongoing opportunity for CPAs to educate clients regarding car financing alternatives, and in the process, to strengthen their professional (and sometimes personal) relationships with them. In this Daily CPA article, our Southeast Region Sales Manager, Chris Warren, provides the details on what accountants need to know.