People usually associate bizarre vending machines with Japan. Indeed, they do have machines that dispense some truly weird items, like puppies. However, Singapore has stepped up in a big way. The country’s latest vending machine features exotic luxury cars.
In December of last year, Autobahn Motors spared no expense in developing an engineering marvel. You make your car selection via a custom app on an immersive touchscreen. Then, within two minutes, your car appears. The vending machine’s speed is impressive, especially considering its size. The 60 cars are housed inside of a 15-storey building.
Among the vehicle choices are some of the most exotic and luxurious cars on Earth. The used car dealership offers Lamborghinis, Bentleys, Ferraris, and more. For instance, there is a 2016 Lamborghini Aventador. It can be yours for only $402,000 USD. Would you care for a 1995 Ferrari 512 instead? With a little more than 9,000 miles on the speedometer, it can be yours for only $598,900! If you really want a throwback and a financial steal, go with the 1955 Morgan Plus 4. It is only $56,000.
Certainly, the outrageous prices stop many people from buying. However, Gary Hong, the designer of the vending machine, is okay with window-shopping. So many people have stopped by the Autobahn Motors location that word of mouth spread to people who have cash for high-end cars. Since December, sales are up 30%. Hong drew inspiration for the building after going toy shopping with his son. He saw a Matchbox car display and thought it would work well for life-sized cars, too. Additionally, with land at such a premium in Singapore, developers have to build vertically.
Autobahn Motors is not the first company to develop a car vending machine. Carvana, another car dealership, has locations in the United States and Japan that work in a similar fashion. However, those structures are shorter than the one in Singapore. In any case, expect to see more of this technology soon. Multiple companies contacted Hong, wanting to use his patented technology in parking garages around the world.
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