When 2008 came around, it was time for me to get a new company car. I was currently driving a 2006 Corvette Z06, and there was virtually no difference between the 2006 and the new 2008. For the first time, I decided to get something other than a Vette.
I spent quite a bit of time looking at different cars. In the end, it came down to either this Mercedes SL55 AMG or a Jaguar XKR. I went back and forth, but my business partner convinced me to get the Mercedes.
I have to admit that this was a very nice car. It had good looks, was fast and sporty. In fact, some of my friends considered it to be one of the nicest cars in my collection. I only wish I felt the same way.
While I liked the car, I never felt that it had any real personality. With a sticker price of over $150,000, I think a car should have personality. I never felt this one did, and never really understood why the price was so high. In my estimation, this should have been a $90,000 car and if it was, I would have been happier.
I hate to say it, but I’ve always regretted not buying the Jaguar XKR. I think the sticker was around $95,000. I think I would have enjoyed that car more.