I have the most difficult time answering what should be a very simple question for any car enthusiast: “What’s your dream car?” It’s a question that always seems to come up when I meet someone new, whether it’s a reader at a car show or a cute girl at a bar. My dumbass always responds with, “I don’t really have one.” Am I that blank in the head?! Maybe it’s because I spend more time admiring your builds every day or perhaps it’s the sensory overload I’m overwhelmed by at the shows I attend, but I really never take a moment to sit down and think what my unicorn would be, my Eleanor… So on a recent two-hour flight home from a work trip, I disconnected myself from my phone and the Internet and started jotting down in a notebook what would be my ideal car. I realized I would need approximately a 10-car garage to consider all the vehicles that’ve inspired me over the years and that I would still love to own one day. My taste is a bit quirky, but hopefully you get a kick out of the cars that made my list. Hopefully, the next time you run into me or the next time I chat up a girl at the bar, I’ll have a more articulate answer than, “I don’t really have one.” Cheers!
1. The Nissan. I mentioned it in last month’s Nissan issue, but the R34 Skyline GT-R is still the hottest Japanese sports car I would bring home to mom and dad. Stock, mild, or wild, I’d be a happy kid if this dream ever came true!
2. The Supercar. Most folks typically have a Ferrari or Lambo on their list, but the moment I laid eyes on the Pagani Zonda R some 11 years ago, I knew that was the one for me (money no object, of course). V-12, carbon chassis, basically a race car in street form… On the used car market today, it’s valued around $1.5 million, plus the Zonda R model isn’t exactly street legal in the U.S. I’m afraid this dream might never become a reality until I hit the Powerball. Le sigh!
3. The BMW. Through high school and college, BMW was my number one manufacturer. My older bro had built one as well as my two best friends at the time. If I could to keep one in my garage, it would have to be a mint E30 or E36 M3. Both couldn’t be stock, though… The E30 would likely sit on a set of BBS while the E36 would take several styling cues from a DTM race car.
4. The Honda. Call me crazy, I would pass on the NSX. I’d rather take an EK9 Civic Type R. It was the car I fantasized many hours about sitting in second period calculus: Championship white and outfitted with a solid collection of rare JDM parts.
5. The VW. For those who are familiar with my history at eurotuner magazine, you’ll know I have a place saved in my heart for a Volkswagen. To this day, one of my favorite sounding engines is the VR6, so I’d build a turbocharged Mk3 GTI variant, although I wouldn’t mind an Mk1 Rabbit with a funky engine swap.
6. The Ferrari. OK, one simply cannot have a dream garage without a Ferrari. And since the Pagani is already my elite supercar, I’d be content with a F355 Challenge, 360 Challenge Strasade, or 430 Scuderia. Whichever model, it would have to be lowered and obnoxiously loud.
7. The Porsche. Can’t say I’m a huge Porsche guy, but I’ve messed around with a handful of 911s enough to appreciate how well they handle and how they’re basically turnkey track cars. I’ve always kept the GT3 RS on a high pedestal, in particular, the OG 996 model.
8. The Off-roader. For those days I want to get dirty, I’d lean on a Land Rover Defender—one that’s been restored, lifted, and updated to take on any urban adventure (aka coffee run) or wild safari.
9. The Wagon. I’ve always been a fan of wagons, my favorite being the European-only Audi RS4 Avant (B5). Quattro, six-speed manual, upgraded twin-turbos, slammed on a set of polished wheels… Oh, man!
10. The Rotary. Last but not least, an FD RX-7 would take the last parking spot in my dream garage. Behind the R34, the timeless styling and motorsport heritage of the RX-7 makes it one of my favorites of all time. A four-rotor would be nice, but I’d be realistic and OK with a 500hp 13B.