Thursday, 3 February 2011

BMW 6 series convertible

Apparently, the biggest fear for men is the loss of one's hair. Now that's perfectly understandable, because it's a big part of your overall image, your hair. I mean, could you imagine Donald Trump if he was bald? Now, I'm afflicted by male pattern baldness, and I'm currently in the stage of being slightly bald but not fully bald, a sort of balding that tends to look a lot worse than either bald or fully haired. I'm also quite slim, but if I was to start putting on the beef, it would point to one possible outcome: the purchase of an open top sports car.

Think about it - have you ever seen a slim, fully haired man in an open top sports car? Thought not. The fact is they're all full of overweight middle aged men with combovers. Quite often they are accompanied by attractive young women, but don't be fooled, these are not their mistresses. They are in fact their daughters, who have reached their twenties and flown the nest. That's the only time in a man's life when they actually have any money for such luxuries, when the kids have left home.

But a few years ago, a fashion developed for four-seater convertibles, but unfortunately it's pointless because there is never a time when it is acceptable for anyone to be in the back of a car with the roof down, unless they are a head of state or other such dignitary, making it convenient and easy to wave to the crowds gathering on the street.

And this year, there will be one such event happening. Apparently, a posh public school boy will marry a chav he met whilst attending university in St. Andrews. Or something. Anyway, there are rumours that they may need to wave at people from the back of a car.

BMW have anticipated such an event and produced a car that may fit the bill. The new 6 series convertible, following on from the old, slightly pointless 6 series, looks like it's borrowed bits from arch rivals Mercedes, and then sprinkled some Jaguar on top. The car itself reminds me of the Mercedes CL, but with some of the front elements from the Jaguar XF. Both are very nice cars, and the result is a nice car, but it's not exactly innovative or original. The 6 series is still a bit of a fish out of water in the BMW line up, but this is an improvement over the old one, yet still manages to retain some of the character of the old 6 series.

Still, I don't think it's a bad choice, just an odd choice. I mean, who goes to the most boring brand of cars and buys a car that is obviously meant for people in the throes of a mid-life crisis? It's like going to Clark's shoes and asking for something a bit wild.

I don't think Wills and Kate will be using this as their wagon of choice, somehow.


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