Our Editors Fill Their Dream-Automobile Garages
Welcome to the most recent installment and chapter seven of Automobile’s “Million Dollar Challenge,” whereby every member of our employees curates their dream-car assortment. The fundamental guidelines: Somebody arms you $1 million to spend, with a catch—you blow it on nothing however filling your dream storage with automobiles you’ve got all the time wished. We can’t blow the complete imaginary bundle on one or two ultra-pricy selections, as a result of what enjoyable would that be? This week, it is Car on-line editor Ed Tahaney’s flip to fill his dream storage:
, an imaginary $1 million does not appear to go very far for a storage crammed with the automobiles I’ve all the time wished to personal. Nonetheless it is a tremendous begin to purchase a small fleet of dream machines. I would actually like to personal a late Nineteen Fifties BMW 507 or late Nineteen Sixties Toyota 2000GT, however you may’t purchase both for one million bucks, so I needed to minimize them from my record. I additionally minimize the next dream automobiles as a result of I ran out of finances actually quick:
- 1960 Plymouth Fury
- 1968 Triumph TR6
- 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible
- 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible
- 1969 Datsun Roadster
- 1972 Datsun 240Z
- 1972 De Tomaso Pantera
- 1974 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible
- 2006 Audi R8
- 2021 Zero Labs Electrical Bronco
After all, I might put massive fats white wall tires on the Ghia, Datsun Roadster, and TR6 to class them up. My neighbors and buddies have owned various these lovely dream automobiles, together with the Firebird which actually caught my consideration. Sadly, I want one other million to finish my monster dream storage, so here is what I would purchase as an alternative.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, $135,000-$150,000
The eighth-generation Chevrolet C8 Corvette is a tempting ride, however to face other than the pack, I would drop a stack of money on a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe. Chevy constructed solely 21,313 coupes and convertibles for that 12 months, and whereas I really like Corvette convertibles, the 1963 Sting Ray was the one 12 months that featured the well-known rear split-window. This instance packs a 327-cubic inch V-8 mated to a four-speed handbook transmission. I would like one painted in Sebring Silver, however I am going to take one in any coloration if the worth is true.
1969 Alfa Romeo Spider, $50,000-$75,000
My spouse has threatened to divorce me if I ever buy an Alfa Romeo, however since I’ve one million bucks to burn, I believe she’d take pleasure in driving this little Duetto, too. A well-preserved mid-Nineteen Sixties Spider 1600 can be advantageous, however I’ve my sights on a extra highly effective 1750 Spider Veloce with a 1,779-cc inline-four that is matched to a five-speed handbook transmission. If I can discover a mint instance (ideally in crimson) and I’ve sufficient money leftover, I would purchase an additional round-tail Spider as a elements donor to tinker with.
2001 BMW Z8 Roadster, $150,000-$200,000
Since I haven’t got the finances for a classic BMW 507, I might go for a two-seater that was a minimum of impressed by it: the BMW Z8 Roadster. BMW constructed the Z8 from 2000-03, and I simply love the look of this convertible. It shares numerous elements with my outdated Z3 Roadster, however as an alternative of packing a puny powertrain, the Z8 has a 4.9-liter V-8 that is good for 394 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. I would like one with a six-speed handbook transmission, after all, and hunt down a mint instance in Titanium Silver with a Sport Pink leather-based inside. Naturally, the highest would keep down completely, and I might use its matching steel hardtop as a espresso desk in my dream storage.
2019 McLaren 720S Spider, $315,000-$325,000
Sizzling tubs are nice for an finish of the day soak, however for the remainder of the day you could find me in a carbon-fiber cocoon called the McLaren 720S Spider. I will be listening to the mid-mounted 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine roar with its 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque at my disposal. This is one of the best half: With the highest down, I can scoot as much as 202 mph, or 212 mph with the highest up, if I must flee in a rush. In an effort to maintain prices “down,” my solely choices would be the Aztec Gold paint, 10-spoke light-weight stealth wheels, carbon-fiber pack, a Black and Scoria Grey inside, Carbon Black leather-based steering wheel, and a Bowers & Wilkins 12-speaker audio system for my Beastie Boys assortment—beginning with License to Unwell to interrupt all of it in.
2021 EarthCruiser V-8 EXP, $370,000
When the shit actually hits the fan (if it hasn’t already), I am going to make my getaway in a blacked out EarthCruiser expedition truck to look the planet for indicators of life, grub, and gasoline. This 4×4 is ideal for the top of days, and it’s constructed to go anyplace. Heck, it even suits inside a delivery container if I must journey the excessive seas.
After all, the toughest half will likely be selecting which dream automotive I might tow, and which of them I must go away behind in my dream storage. Perhaps I would just promote all of them for no matter money I may get, and squeeze a few Kawasaki filth bikes inside my EarthCruiser for recon.