Well, as they say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Even though the economy is in the dumps the rich have gotten larger tax breaks than anyone. So, yes. There are more people out there who can afford $200K for a Ferrari. Or rather I should say the same people who would have been able to buy one but they no longer have to worry about it because they have more money now than before.
As far as the cost of up keep on these cars being an issue... it was once posed to me in this fashion. "Consider the cost of buying even a low end car like the 308 as a membership fee to a very exclusive country club. And then consider the 1,000 a year, average, in maintenance to be your club dues." Individuals that can afford to buy these cars new don't worry about gas prices or insurance.
Or on the other hand if your someone like me who's looking at something like a 308QV other factors come into place. I will do all my own maintenance. It will be insured as a secondary car with a collectors insurance limiting the use to below 3k miles a year. That put the insurance at around $200-300 a year. When I buy it it'll be in cash or only about 1/4 of the price financed. In other words I won't put myself in a position where I have to worry about making payments or if I can afford to fix it. Granted it won't last like my Toyota but a well maintained 308QV should run as well with 100k on the odometer as 40k. Also most of the problems, fuse boxes, ect... will have been solved by previous owners. I’m not wealthy. But I love these cars and the design philosophy behind them. Form follows function.
As far as I see it there are actually about 40-50 years of petroleum reserves left. Major oil companies, Shell comes to mind, have over estimated reserves to get themselves rich. There hasn’t been any new fields found in the last 10 years. And that’s not because their not looking. More than likely given the world consumption, increasing here in the US with SUVs and the explosion of China’s new found wealth and desire for cars, those reserves will diminish even faster than anticipated. I wouldn’t doubt if in just 10 to 20 years we’ll begin to see the crunch of all these factors. That said I’d rather get my Ferrari sooner rather than later. Will I be part of the “Problem”? Sure. But no where near as someone who’s driving an SUV everyday.