Yes, it is a beautiful, largely unmolested example of what can be had here in the states, but that certainly does not mean that it is worth anywhere near the 18k he paid. At least not here in the states anyway. What baffles me the most is how a government can get to the point that they over-inflate everything to the point that people are spending original MSRP on a car that is over ten years old. Disgraceful, to say the least.
Lately, I've come to the conclusion that modern governments are not necessarily by the people, or for the people, and the massive Brazilian protests are a light at the end of the tunnel. It shows the world that there is a tipping point at which the people will rise to the occasion. Although I don't necessarily agree with the razing of government buildings and complexes, as many are participating with, I do feel that large groups of peaceful protests will be able to make a mark on a new society where the government truly is 100% for the people of their respective countries.