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The Man Who Sold Everything He Owned to Buy a Lamborghini and Drive Across the Country

Richard Jordan had the American Dream unfolding before him: cars, a nice house, and a fiance. Then she left him suddenly, and Jordan didn't know what to make of his life. So he used all of his life savings to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo and drive across America in search of himself. Jalopnik has his story:

It wasn't actually as easy as that. No one wanted to buy his new house so he was stuck with it. It took him months to sell the rest of his possessions. That, combined with the majority of his life savings, he used to afford a $90,000 down payment on a Lamborghini Gallardo — one of the most expensive vehicles on the market.[...]

After locating the right model and arranging the financing he picked up his black Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe from Lamborghini of Ohio. The date? July 4th, 2006.

Independence Day was an almost intentionally ironic choice, as he picked that day to separate from everything he'd created but now no longer wanted, including the house.

"I'd become a prisoner to my house, to everything, to my fantasy of an American Dream or anything I could remotely call home."


Link via Glenn Reynolds | Photo (unrelated): Chrises Cars

He could have just rented one for a week, and kept his house and life savings...

But I guess that would not be the American thing to do, because it doesnt involve self destructive debt.
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he sold EVERYTHING he had plus his house, used up "some" of his life savings and barely covered the 90k down payment?

Does he not realize that he still has at least 110k to pay? And of course there's still the insurance, which over the course of a lifetime with the car probably ends up costing as much as the car itself and then some.

What an idiot. sorry i generally sympathize with these "american dream" type of stories, but this is just dumb as hell. Hope he doesn't get into an accident. :)
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What's wise in the grand scheme of things guys? You gotta look at it from his perspective. He didn't care about money or debt. He was just crushed from the loss of the person he loved and felt his life was empty. It might not be practical or wise, but is it wise to live a life you don't want? It is wise to let yourself stagnate? Is it wise to shove aside your dreams?

I say why not just go for it. In the end he might have debt, but he won't have regrets from not living his dream, if only for a little while.
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I use my money to buy experiences, not things.

All of you who think that he traded things of value for a worthless intangible need to re-evaluate.
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Experiences trump possessions any day. So, if I were in his shoes, I'd probably buy a cheaper car and spend more on the trip itself. But to each his own.

My first thought on reading the post intro was that he'd have to sell TWO houses to pay for a Lamborghini. He must have quite a good credit rating, and tons of insurance.
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Hilarious...yeah, like 'buying' a lamborghini is the way to find yourself. It's incredibly stupid on any level. Went from prisoner of his house, to prisoner of debt. And no real way to pay that debt. What an imbecile.

The way to do it? Keep the house, rent it out, buy a sweet motorhome, or just a big camping van-a Lamborghini aint built to be lived in-and then there's the worry-it'll get ripped off, inevitably. Dodge econoliner, with a shower and bath, renters in the house, some income coming in, go find yourself.

Cause if your gonna do the find yourself routine, even an objective materialist will tell you "ditch the baggage-all of it." well, maybe they wouldn't, but anyone with half a freakin' brain will.
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Reminds me of the German performance artiste who set up a big shredder in a gallery somewhere and proceeded to shred his entire life, including wallet, house, photos, computer, furniture, car, clothes, id etc until he was left with nothing but his birthday suit.

What an experience HE must have had.
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What an unbelievable twat.

A Honda would have done the same thing and at least you could sleep in it. FINE, I get that we sometimes don't want things and you want to make a point to divest yourself of stuff (EVERYONE should listen to George Carlin's 'Stuff' Monologue) but he could have got rid of everything, bought T bills for investment, get it out of your system and then still have a life with money when it was done. Now he's basically starting over as an 18 year old with no $ and no prospects.
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The experiences thing works just fine in reality. It's how I and many people live. People have various metrics to gauge happiness, freedom and success. Some need objects like nice houses, a healthy nest egg, cars and such while others are more than happy to live like a pauper as long as their life, friends and experiences are worthwhile. Many people feel the stories and experiences we have are invaluable and live accordingly(although this story is rather extreme). It makes for an interesting life.

I'd have been happy with a used Honda for this trip but clearly, this guy found happiness in this car. To each, his or her own.
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Re: experiences vs possessions. You will have a fair amount of both in life, so you can't give up one entirely for the other. BUT as far as what you choose to do with your disposable income, the memories of adventures and time shared with people you enjoy will stay with you longer, and make you happier, than things you buy.
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He could definitely have driven a normal car across the country, but he didn't want to drive a normal car across the country, he wanted to drive a Gallardo across the country. What would be the point of doing it in his regular car?
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I don't see anywhere in this article mentioning how old he is, what his profession is or any other personal detail. Did i miss a link to his LinkedIN profile?

Someone said "he doesn't have any prospects." Who knows what prospects he has. You are all judging him based on your own circumstances. It's called projecting. This is his life, his story, and he has chosen to share it.

Some people are practical and take the less risky road. Others go with their emotions and live their lives in a more carefree manner. There is no right or wrong. Get off your judgmental high horses.
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While cool on the surface, I think this is irresponsible. After reading the story, it seems like he now has bad debt on his house and bad debt on his car. It is crap like this has led our country into our current mess. Couldn't he have done something like this without screwing anyone else? Maybe buy a used Gallardo that the article cites?

Simply a douche bag with a car he can't afford.
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It sounds like he is celebrating. He is free from his commitment and didn't have to be the one who made it. I am a little more practical. I wouldn't have been so extravagant
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Some truth about this story:

Richard Jordan has taken Matt Hardigree on a ride with a ton of lies here. He never sold all of his possessions or spent his "life savings" to set out on the open road or to buy the Lamborghini (OR any of the other luxury cars and bikes he's been afforded over the years).

Where to start with this pile of madness? He sold his metal fabrication business?! WHAT business? What was the name of this alleged business and to whom did he sell it and when? For that matter, WHAT JOB? And he took to the highway, living hotel to hotel after his fiancee left him???! The timeline in this is whack. He bought her a Corvette AFTER he bought the Lamborghini (and also after he bought the Hummer H1 and the Audi A4 AND the Ford F-650 AND the Cadillac and whatever else that he purchased within that five year block), and they were together for a long while afterward. What about the time he was pulled over in Indiana? Or the embarrassing time(s) he TOLD people he was Moby? The versions portrayed above of those incidents are a convoluted headache of half-truths. Witnesses were there, remember, Richard? This article leads readers to believe Mr. Jordan is some kind of nomadic Mad-Max-meets-Two-Lane-Black-Top messiah when he's really just a delusional kid who hails from extreme privilege. I'm sure his good family is floored by this hacked up mess of words.

Hell, my elderly parents have put more out-of-state miles on their car than Richard has put on this Lambo. The most driving he's done has been at 18o mph from Starbucks to Starbucks across the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. This is SUCH an unbelievable crock. People can't possibly be reading this story, looking at the handful of pictures Richard took while on a few road trips along with the images of his new warehouse, and thinking all of this has no holes in it! Come on.

Richard, you owe Matt Hardigree a huge apology for wasting his time and for leading readers to believe you're some kind of reformed victim of love who left everything behind for some romantic, American dream. Did you think an article of this popular magnitude wouldn't be read by people who know you in real life?
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