Fantasy Garage

July 21, 2007

In response to a late night conversation a week or so ago, I was prompted to come up with a list of dream cars. The list was subsequently subdivided by era, and what you find below are the results. It may have some questionable choices on it, but dammit, they’re MY questionable choices.

1. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1
There’s only 69 of them in existence. Faster than any Corvette until the 2000’s. Plus, it’s ugly in an all-business, Steve McQueen kind of way. Case closed.

2. 1975 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9
It’s got a racing engine with dry-sump lubrication, tons of room and luxury, and you’d look like a African dictator driving one.

3. Ferrari 250 GTO
This car is sex. That is all.

4. (Bonus one of a kind car) Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS
If money is no object, I buy the car with the single coolest pedigree ever. From when the name Von Dutch actually meant something.

1980’s and onward

1. GMC Typhoon
In the early nineties, GM had this hilarious habit of using the same 3.8 liter V-6 in basically every car they sold. Then they decided to add a turbo to some. And then they added all wheel drive to this overgrown Blazer. In its time, it was faster from 0-30 than a Dodge Viper. One of the best sleepers of all time.

2. Audi RS4
Beautiful, fast, and luxurious. If my garage had all 7 of these cars, this would be my daily driver.

3. Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24
The big Astons all look like Jaguar’s with Beyonce’s ass welded on to them. Too big, too posh. Gimme this one: a race car sold to rich twits who will drive it at a race track and nowhere else. Plus, Aston Martin ran a production model (no modifications) in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race, and placed fourth against dedicated race cars.

For a much more reasoned approach to this same question, check out Jalopnik.com’s Fantasy Garage. And before Vesper gets jealous, it’s worth pointing out that a couple of years ago, a Mini Cooper S would’ve made the later half of this list in a walk. So there.

Finally, for the end of the week: White Ninja!



  1. There’s a guy at work who drives that Aston Martin (I’m pretty sure its the same model) as his daily car. He’s the founder’s son. It parked next to me twice (no assigned parking for anyone) and thought twice before backing out, considering it might be preferable to let him leave first rather than risk scratching the beautiful machine with my 2000 Jeep Cheroke. His is silver.

  2. My list of dream cars.

  3. My dream car list might include a Mini, but it would be turbo charged, and it would have to be stick-shift…

  4. fantasy garage: the usual story- a NY man retires in Portugal and buys a house with a sealed barn, etc… what does he find? http://www.intuh.net/barnfinds/afa70.htm

    and in case you’re ever out in LA, you can drool over the XKSS in person at the Petersen Museum. (Los Angeles, not Lousiana) they had a great Steve McQueen exhibit a year or so ago, but how could it suck- the guy had excellent taste in cars…

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