Before exotic sports cars, drivers fantasized about taking the reins of Helios's chariot or galloping to work on a tie-dyed donkey. Take to the road in a modern ride with today's Groupon: for $129, you get a one-hour driving experience in a vintage Shelby Cobra or Porsche 550 Spyder from Imagine Lifestyles (a $449 value).
Imagine Lifestyles lets customers roam the streets behind the wheel of their choice of two fast, luxury cars—a vintage Shelby Cobra or Porsche 550 Spyder. After a 15-minute orientation with an expert, drivers will spend up to 45 minutes taking advantage of top-notch acceleration and handling on the open road. A tour coordinator will ride shotgun, suggest preferred routes, and explain the four-wheeled beast's special powers. The sleek, gray-striped Cobra presses bodies into black, leather seats beneath racing-style belts while hitting 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds. A manual five-speed cable shifter pulses under drivers' palms as they test the Porsche Spyder's speed, which tops out at 130 miles per hour before suddenly teleporting to the 1950s.
Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury vacation home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.