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2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan

For folks scandalized by the price of new Cadillac and Lincoln SUVs, we have interesting news for you. There is a collection of ultra-luxury people movers hitting the road that make $100,000 Escalades look like economy cars. Crossovers from the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and even Lamborghini are now available, and the starting prices for these rare utes may startle.

1976 Ford Thunderbird, Most-Expensive Coupes of 1976

1976 Ford Thunderbird

There is no longer space in the American new-car marketplace for vehicles with hoods and trunklids that consume more linear space than their passenger compartments do. While I know that the passing of the giant coupe was inevitable, I also lament that automotive designers no longer have a free hand with such large and expressive canvases.

Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC

1990 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC

To everyone who says cars have gotten too expensive, I say phooey. Cars cost about the same now as they have for decades, inflation adjusted.

1969 Thunderbird Landau, American Coupes of 1969

With a base price of $4949, the Ford Thunderbird Landau was the 6th most-expensive American coupe of 1969.

Topping the Billboard charts for 1969 was “Sugar, Sugar,” a painfully catchy pop ditty released by the Archies in May of that year. You can listen to the song by watching the YouTube video below:

1980 Lincoln Versailles

With a base price of $14,169, the Lincoln Versailles was the fourth most-expensive American sedan of 1980.

Though they are sometimes derided as “Yank Tanks,” traditional full-size American sedans are as much a part of U.S. car culture as the V8 engine and Interstate travel.

1983 Mercury Colony Park

1983 Mercury Colony Park

Today, most wagons are luxury-brand wagons. By our count, there’s just one non-luxury, non-crossover wagon available for sale in the U.S., and that’s the Volkswagen Jetta.

1974 Dodge Monaco Brougham, American Wagons of 1974

1974 Dodge Monaco Brougham

In 1974, the experimental German rock band Kraftwerk released the album “Autobahn,” a still-celebrated collection of electronica featuring a 23-minute cut of the title song.

1969 Town & Country, Most-Expensive Wagons of 1969

1969 Town & Country

Right around 1970, the American birthrate took a tumble. From a late-Fifties peak of more than 3.5 children per woman, the birthrate fell to 1.7 kids by 1971. Per most charts, 1969 was the last year families were averaging more than two young’uns.

1969 Corvette Convertible

1969 Chevrolet Corvette

About ten years ago, the United States FDA raised its recommended daily adult dosage of vitamin D to 1000 International Units (IU). Seems that Americans are just a little too good about avoiding the sun—nature’s best source of vitamin D. Apparently we’ve taken to heart the warnings about the dangers of excessive exposure to the sun—so now we take our vitamin D orally.

2016 Lexus LX 570

2016 Lexus LX 570

Thirty years ago, the most-expensive Japanese car available in America was the Acura Legend. At just under $20,000 with automatic transmission, the Legend listed for almost exactly twice the price of a same-year Chevrolet Impala.