I'm not exactly sure what this says about our world, but I feel like it's an indicator of something important. Right at this moment, the current state of human life on Earth has progressed to a point where a 2-cylinder Citroën 2CV costs $10,000 more than a long-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. This is meaningful, I'm almost sure of it. Somehow.

This is, of course, some kind of insanity. A $25,000 2CV vs. a $15,000 Rolls-Royce. And this is coming from a man who loves 2CVs. In fact, of the two cars, I would much rather daily drive that 2CV, no question. It's just a car I feel more affinity with and would be more comfortable in. That doesn't mean, even for a second, that I think the car is "worth" more than a Silver Shadow.

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Look at these two cars. They're both in great shape, both would make fantastic daily drivers, interesting and engaging in two very different ways. But let's be honest here — the inside of one of the Rolls' door panels probably is about four times as sophisticated as that whole 2CV.

The 2CV is like half a Beetle, on paper— half the cylinders, half the HP. It is, by it's very design, about as basic and crude a car as you can imagine. It's a brilliant design — an icon. And, even as rare as it is, and as good a shape as this one is in, is in no way worth $10 grand more than that Rolls-Royce.

The Rolls is a long-wheelbase, 8-cylinder oblong of cowhide and expensive, laquered wood and the sweat of careful, painfully English craftsmen. Hell, it even has an absurd leather-embossed panel that says "Nothing is Impossible" in the interior — and it costs about as much as a new Mirage.

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So, I put this question out to you now: what do we make of this? What sort of world are we living in where a motorized tin snail is being sold for $10,000 more than the distilled dreams and ambitions of the British Empire? Is this good or bad? Or neither?

I'm so confused. Help.