A recent university study has revealed what many men have long suspected — the nicer the car you drive, the better chance you have at bagging the babes.

   A team of psychologists at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff showed women pictures of the same man sitting in two cars — a $100,000 Bentley Continental and a battered Ford Fiesta, and asked them rate the man’s attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 10. The surveyed women, who were aged between 21 to 40, overwhelmingly rated the man sitting in the upscale Bentley as being more attractive than the exact same man sitting in the far less expensive, entry level, Ford.

   Dr. Michael Dunn, the author of the study, said:

“There’s a wide variety of evidence that does suggest that females are more influenced by wealth and status. It’s not a recent phenomenon. It is very ingrained and the evidence is not just anecdotal.”

   When the roles were reversed and men were shown pictures of the same women sitting in the Bentley and in the Ford, to their credit, they rated the woman’s attractiveness the same, which revealed that men care more about a woman’s looks than their wealth or status.

   Moral of the story: If you’re male and you’re single, you might want to spend more on the car and less on the housing — and invest in L’Oreal and Jenny Craig.