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Drive Your Dream Car For Under $1000

The past year has been a rocky time for the US auto industry, but the high-end has been more insulated from the recession. Automobili Lamborghini, owned by the Volkswagen group, recently announced that it actually experienced one percent growth in sales for 2008, when orders went to 2,430 from 2,406 the year before.  A new breed of companies is looking to tap into this demand by making the high-end, turbocharged experience more affordable. One such company, New York-based , maintains a fleet of

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Driving Your Dream Car

The past year has been a rocky time for the US auto industry, but the high-end has been more insulated from the recession. Automobili Lamborghini, owned by the Volkswagen group, recently announced that it actually experienced 1 percent sales growth for 2008, when orders increased to 2,430 from 2,406 the year prior.

A new breed of companies is looking to tap this demand by making the high-end, turbocharged experience more affordable. One company, New York-based Gotham Dream Cars, maintains a fleet of 18 super cars and offering a range of products, from exotic rentals and club memberships, to the increasingly popular "Dream Car" tours—a six-hour, 150-mile journey allowing drivers to experience multiple cars in a single day.

There are similar companies across the country. Rent A Vette has operated in Las Vegas for 28 years, and Gotham founder Noah Lehmann-Haupt calls it the originator of the dream-car tour. A newer player in the market is DFW Dream Cars, an elite auto rental in Texas.

Here's how this lucrative, high-end business operates and what goes in to a "Dream Car" tour. Click ahead to check it out!

By Paul Toscano & Oliver Quillia
Posted 8 May 2009