I disagree. Around here, a legitimate classic cruiser like that would sell for a good price. The same people that have classic gas scooter fetishes are the type that would snap one of those up. The new replicas just don't compare.
I started building a recumbent for myself this last weekend. It is very similar to the RWD bikes on this page, but is setup to run 26-27" road wheels on both ends. The goal is to keep parts cost under $100 and so far with a nearly complete frame I am up to $32 with a box of recycled parts I just obtained ready to finish it out. The only thing I am currently lacking is a satisfactory crankset, but it's just a matter of keeping a lookout for more junked/garage sale bikes.
Will reach 300 miles this afternoon, another 80 degree / 80% rh day. My commute times have dropped by about 5 minutes for each 10.2 mile one-way trip. Also dropped about 8 lbs.
Energy savings and fuel cost savings are offset by the extra two showers a day (there's one at work down the hall from my cube), the extra laundry (daily work clothes and cycling gear), the the lack of practicality of 'brown-bagging' my lunch.
I still drive in when the weather is less favorable to bring a week's worth of clothes and a towel or two.