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I’m in Illinois for the summer and my Spider is back in my garage in Arizona. My 73-year-old sister was at the house and had called a plumber out. He was in the garage servicing the water softener, looked at the Spider and asked my sister if it was her son’s car. She replied, “No, it’s my brother’s.” The plumber said, “What is he, a drug dealer?”

We’ve all experienced how people usually think our Spiders are far more expensive than they are, but this was a new one on me. But, you know…. as long as I’ve already got the car, and with inflation the way it is, maybe… Na! I’m not a Breaking Bad kinda guy.
 

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I was thinking about this recently.

It matters what clothes you are wearing while driving.
Where you're driving matters too.

I'm 26 but I look like I'm 19. If I'm driving in Rotterdam people are thinking I'm a drug dealer for sure.
If I'm driving in a small village I'm getting way more compliments. (Rotterdam is like a BIG city for us Dutch people).
 

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That plumber needs to get out more often. We have a posh outdoor shopping venue nearby that has numerous high tech businesses with quite a few very expensive cars. Your typical AMG / 911 / C8 is a meh in this place! So I suppose he’d think these guys were dealing too. I’d expect the drug of choice is caffeine! A top end Escalade is way beyond the cost of our cars, but I suppose he’d be thinking you’d be a NBA player in that ride! 😉 I love how people don’t recognize our cars and jump to conclusions.
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With the Abarth it seems that people are thrown by the logo, especially if the side badge is on it. A neighbor who has a 911 in the garage came over to look at my car when it was parked outside because he thought at first it was a Ferrari. He recognized it for what it is, but was impressed that the styling is so nice.
 

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If you were wearing a white lab coat with a stethoscope hanging around your neck, I can see why the assumption was made.
 

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I agree, that plumber needs to work on his small talk.

Spider is too small for a cartel vehicle. The trunk has barely enough space for a briefcase, let alone an armory of guns.

There’s a reason Clint Eastwood picked a F150 to drive on The Mule.
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Speaking of mules, crossing the US-Canada border in the Spider is super easy. I drop the top and since there's no room to hide much, they pretty much wave me through.
 

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Speaking of mules, crossing the US-Canada border in the Spider is super easy. I drop the top and since there's no room to hide much, they pretty much wave me through.
As a canadian, canada border guards in general are easygoing eh and treat you politely....on the other side USA border guards look intimidating and treat you like a wanted criminal being interrogated...
 

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I get the occasional nasty Canadian and nice American. The Americans are more likely to take interest in what I'm driving, and in some of the countries I've visited.
 
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