The automobile is the American technological sublime. The car you drive – especially if you’re wealthy enough to have a significant choice in the matter – lets you tell the world something about yourself.
Here is my handy field-guide to recognizing what BMW drivers are saying about themselves:
- 318i convertible with Red Sox bumper sticker, stuck in traffic on Storrow: I’m fun and probably available, but mostly interested in myself.
- M3: I love sports cars and money.
- 5 series: I am very successful.
- 745li parked in a no stopping zone in front of a fire house on Cambridge St. during rush hour: I’m an ass.