Dream Garage

By Bruce McCulloch


I think most would agree that for us automotive enthusiasts; there’s nothing more desirable than fantasizing about the desirable but unobtainable. A garage full of our favourite vehicles with no price restrictions and no practicality barriers is something that all of us chaps like to indulge ourselves in. Whether such a garage consists of exotic metal, classics or custom-built hot rods; it makes no difference. The fantasy of the dream car garage is something that always comes to life that one particular dreary day at work where our minds slip into a daydream state of “what if”.

So then, what better way to fuel my automotive passion than by assembling my dream car garage right here and now?

Let’s start off enforcing one rule and only one; the restriction of just 10 automobiles.

2005 Porsche Carrera GT

To kick start my fantasy world, it must be noted that no garage is complete without Zuffenhausen’s 21st century supercar, the Carrera GT. What makes this car particularly impressive as an overall package is its ability to fulfill the needs of most everyone. Not only does it boast a design which shares the brand identity; but it’s sexy and ultimately timeless.

Furthermore, as it’s creation from the tough and tried engineers from one of the world’s best sports car producers specifies, the Carrera GT maximizes Formula One technology for the road. With a chassis tub assembled from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic; ceramic brakes; a ceramic clutch and a 10-Cylinder engine originally developed for Le Mans; it’s unlike anything else. Additionally, the performance ain’t too shabby. How does zero-to-sixty in 3.6 seconds; a top speed of 205 mph and Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 32 seconds sound?

1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S

Before I leave Stuttgart, I think it’s only fair to pick up an iconic 911. With 4+ decades of styles to choose from this isn’t the easiest of tasks.

While recent attempts from the Turbo to the recently released GT2 leave the mouth of any enthusiast watering; I choose to reach back into 911 history with the 993 generation of the Turbo. This all-exclusive 911 is perhaps one of greatest as it combines quality, history, power and the iconic traits of the 911 badge into a package which newer 911 models have failed to equal.

2001 BMW Z8

While those with $130,000 worth of disposable cash back at the turn of this century were often seen roaming Ferrari and Porsche dealerships, there were a few individuals who were intelligent enough to purchase one of most awesome vehicles to ever come out of Munich.

Unfortunately, while it was a masterpiece, the Z8 had to carry the burden of being one of the most ignored and underrated performance cars of the 21st century. Frankly, it’s absurd pricing left buyers looking elsewhere for performance – which is downright sad. Considering the Z8 is one of the only modern-day BMW’s to embark on a creative retro-redesign styled exterior with the addition of a weight-saving aluminum body shell; it gets far too little credit. Beautiful retro styling (both interior and exterior), an M-developed 8-Cylinder and a 6-speed manual gearbox, and all in a drop top; what could be better?

2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM

There is no way that I could leave out one of the most extreme Mercedes-Benz ever built. With engineers aiming at a new sector of driving performance for Mercedes and affiliated; it’s clear the dream was to re-create the glory days of the 190 2.5 litre Evolution of the early 1990’s. What really set this Mercedes-Benz apart from its various family members is its ability to act like a hardcore race car. With a stripped, luxury barren interior; an aggressive exterior body with sporting design able to rival the absolute best from Italy and a classic 5.4 litre Supercharged 8-Cylinder from AMG, the CLK DTM manages to showcase AMG motorsport history into a road car in a way which no one could ever complain about.

2006 Pagani Zonda F

Mamma Mia! It’s the time you’ve all be waiting for; the time to jump the train to Italy and further indulge my passion in the country known for sexy and exotic machinery. Marques such as Ferrari and Lamborghini are the obvious choice for the majority of enthusiasts, but for those who desire something much more special and exclusive; Pagani Automobili is here.

This small Italian firm, originally set up in the early 90’s to provide design and industry supplies to manufacturers across Modena, now produces a vehicle which they call the ‘Zonda’. For anyone who has an eye for extroverted car design and an attention to detail, the Zonda ought to whet you’re appetite. With styling reminiscent of Mercedes’ 1980 Group C race car (an trait which company founder Horacio Pagani often likes to boast about), the Zonda isn’t so much a road car, but more like a race car injected with quirky touches likely to be found on that large Roswell spaceship. Oops, I mean ‘hot-air balloon’.

Make no mistake, this is a vehicle which will not appeal to everyone and commonly falls under the criticism of being ‘overdone’. Nevertheless, whether you appreciate its wild styling, no enthusiast could resist its 7.3 litre, 12-Cylinder engine designed by Mercedes-Benz AMG, nor its amazing cornering abilities which can generate 1.4 lateral G’s. I want something unique, and this certainly fits the bill.

2005 Ford GT

Despite the Pagani Zonda’s 7.3 litre monster of an engine fulfilling much of my ‘muscle car’ needs; I think it’s only proper to include a vehicle like the Ford GT which captures the ideals of the American sports car better than any other. This is a sublime American exotic which manages to blend what you need with what you want.

1991 Ferrari F40

While the late 1980’s hadn’t spawned a great deal of interesting vehicles to satisfy my taste; there was always one particular vehicle that I’ve longed for. That vehicle is one that Ferrari created to commemorate their 40th anniversary and it’s known as nothing other than the F40. This seat-of-the-pants ride demands the most of its drivers, offering a driving experience which very few can match. Weighing similar to that of a Lotus Elise, but boasting nearly three times the power; the F40 is best described as a 478 horsepower go-kart. With no amenities; paint so thin you can see the carbon weaves in the bodywork and an exterior design clearly inspired by a race car; the F40 was always one of those vehicles that was a road car, but never should have been. An ideal and most appropriate addition to my garage.

So with just five vehicles; we’ve already visited Italy, Germany, the United States of America. Let us proceed…
2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

You didn’t think that I’d actually leave Italy without a raging bull, did you? Every dream car garage list must have at least one Lamborghini and in my list, it’s the recently released Superleggera. Having the pleasure of seeing one in the flesh, I can personally vouch that it’s more than a regular item with a ‘minor’ body kit. Don’t be fooled by what appears to be a minimal exterior upgrade as the flashy rear spoiler, smoked alloys and menacing side decal give the car a whole new level aggression. There’s no denying it certainly looks the part of a road-going race car and with the addition of a 530 horsepower 10-Cylinder engine harnessed through an AWD drive train and plastered with Audi quality parts; the Gallardo Superleggera is one of a kind.

2007 Spyker C8 Laviolette

German? Are you kidding me? This thing is anything but conservative and as we know, the Germans like to keep it austere. Perhaps then, it’s yet another Italian wonder? Getting warmer, but no; this car is too wild to be imagined even by the Italians.

All you need to know is that the Spyker C8 Laviolette is from the wonderful country of the Netherlands. Having said that, it’s not really surprising that a vehicle with a steering wheel similar to that of a watership from the 1900’s, scissor doors and a brand symbol (with a propeller) which is not only designed to spin when faced into the wind, but turn left and right with the steering system; it’s understandable that the Spyker comes from the country of Mr. Vincent Van Gogh.

I’m not sure if there’s a proper way to actually explain what the C8 is as opposed to sticking to the simple analogy of calling it ‘absurd’. Truthfully, that’s what it is and I love it for that. Thanks to it’s Audi-sourced 8-Cylinder engine, it barks and howls like both a 1960’s fighter jet and a classic Dodge muscle machine.

2001 Honda NSX

Long ago, I had sworn to myself that had I come across a large sum of money; this Japanese classic would be one I’d purchase. Even today, the magic which originally captured my imagination as a young boy has yet to fade away. Among a boatload of technological advances; a 3.2 litre V6 and a classic exterior styled body; the NSX was one of the world’s first ‘usable supercars’.

And on top of that, a Toyota 2000 GT… Oh wait…

I have just realized that my dreams have ended just as fast as they were conjured – I’ve hit my restrictive limit of “10 only”! As you can see, such a minimal (yeah, right) number is not sufficient for this enthusiast dreaming on a summer’s day.

As you might have noticed, there are two wonderful cars conspicuously missing from my garage; the Bugatti Veyron and the mighty McLaren F1. Why you ask? Not because I dislike them – far from it actually – but neither really stir my heart.

So then, folks, these are my choices, but I’d be interested in hearing about yours.

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Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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  1. Honda NSX? You would have been better off going with your choice of the Toyota 2000 GT if you just had to go Japanese on us.

    Also, I would probably have to go with a Bentley GT somewhere on my list – not a sports car, but certainly a wonderful, albeit expensive car.

  2. Are you kidding me??? No Viper, no Corvette Z06? In fact, no American muscle at all except for the Ford GT? Do you mean to tell me that there is nothing from 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s in the U.S. that you found appealing? No split-window Vette, no Hemi-equipped Dodge Challenger?

    From your choices, you must be a very young guy who doesn’t have a lot of auto references built up yet in your files.

    Automotive beauty did not just start happening in the last two decades!

  3. Harry p:

    To address you’re first paragraph:

    No, I never had a great deal of interest in the 1960’s and 1970’s American automobiles. Having said that, I have always had a great affection for the various selection of Shelby-tuned Mustangs.

    Mind you, there are many other classics which I wanted, but quite simply, had no room for. The gorgeous Maserati Bora happens to be one of those, as does the Bizzarini 5300GT.

    In the end, I had to balance between the ten which I wanted the most and in this case, my favourite classic automobiles were left hanging.

    To address you’re 2nd paragraph

    I resent such a comment; furthermore it’s quite irrelevant to the grand scheme of things.

    I suppose you haven’t read a British publication by the name of EVO, have you? In the October 2006 issue the magazine asked fifteen of their experienced journalists to assemble their dream car garage with the only restriction being the limit of one million pence. In that issue, Harry Metcalfe (a seasoned journalist around forty years of age who happens to owns a Pagani Zonda) assembled his seven car garage which consisted of only two vehicles from the 1980’s ( neither of which were American muscle). In fact, he stated he wanted: two Porsche 993 911’s, Pagani Zonda F; Ferrari 288 GTO, Range Rover Diesel; Renault Clio Trophy and a Lamborghini Countach.

    Meanwhile, one of their other journalists (to whom I am guessing is thirty years of age) by the name of Jethro Bovingdon assembled his eleven car garage to which no American muscle car made an appearance. His list consisted of two vehicles from the 1970’s and tw products from the 1980’s. Meanwhile the rest of the list was populated by modern day vehicles from the Honda NSX-R to the BMW M3 CS.

    Lastly, journalist David Vivian(around thirty years of age) assembled his nine car garage consistently entirely of cars released in the turn of the century.

    That all being said, I think it’s clear that a dream garage selection (whether full of exotics, muscle cars, etc) does NOT represent the individual’s age.

    To address you’re third paragraph:

    I think that’s quite obvious. Never in my article did I deny that, nor do I think my choices say anything to insinuate such.

    Either way, I like what I like, and you like what you like. No one should be offended by personal taste. Had you posted you’re garage consisting entirely of American muscle cars I would not scolded you, but rather appreciate the difference between us Automotive enthusiasts.

    R/Bruce McCulloch

  4. It’s his list, harry p. He didn’t say it had to be your list, or anybody else’s list. I like a lot of his choices, some of mine would be different, sure, but that’s the way the world works. It’s not like he had a Hyundai or a Yugo on there. Just relax, man.

  5. I agree with 9outof10doctors – You should have swapped out the NSX for the Toyota 2000GT, because the NSX is just not good looking, and the Toyota 2000GT is amazingly good looking. Besides, Toyota’s rule!

  6. Don’t laugh but one of my “cars” would have to be a truck. Maybe a Ford F350 SuperDuty. You just never know when you’re going to need some muscle around.

  7. The Lotus Exige would be a nice addition…

  8. How about an Aston Martin? Or even better, a Bristol?

  9. If I could own all of these cars, the next thing I’d have to pay for would be a driving instruction course at a racing school. I think I’m probably overmatched by most of these cars. But I am a quick learner…

  10. if i had a limit of 10 cars in my dream garage.. i would go for the following ladies:

    – 997 turbo
    – 993 carrera
    – 996 gt3 (2004)
    – ferrari f355 gts
    – dino 246 gt
    – lamborghini miura sv (1972)
    – pagani zonda s
    – ford mustang gt (1968)
    – ferrari 288 gto
    – aston martin V8 vantage

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