By Chris Haak
The entries are in for Autosavant’s first ever Dream Garage contest, and the Autosavant staff gathered over the weekend around our virtual water cooler and agreed upon our four favorite dream garages as submitted by readers. As a reminder, voting works like this:
- Vote for ONE contestant’s list in the comments of this post (you can just put the letter, or you can explain the rationale behind your vote
- ONE vote per person. If we see suspicious voting patterns, we reserve the right to disqualify any votes that are suspicious in nature.
- Voting ends this Friday, May 15, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Congratulations to our finalists, and good luck! Our contestants are gunning for a prize of the three-disc set of the Top Gear Season 10 DVD.
The contenders are, in no particular order, and in the contestants’ own words:
- 1936 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe
- 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet
- 1948 Tucker Sedan
- 1957 Jaguar XKSS
- 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
- 1967-9 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
- 1992-8 McLaren F1
- 2006 Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5
- 2008 Superformance Brock Coupe
- 2012 Cadillac Converj
- BMW E34 M5 Touring – need I say more?
- Smart Roadster RCR – quilted leather/alcantara interior, weight abound 800kg, perfect handling and the best sounding 3-cylinder engine ever.
- BMW Z1 – because of the doors
- Venturi Fetish – because Teslas are just too cheap
- Claer CT4 Evo 2004 – because a rear-engined Eurovan with 650hp from a Ruf-tunes Porsche engine just makes so much sense (refer to T4-Umbauten or YouTube – Claer C-T
- Audi A2 1.2 TDI – because it has the cleanest styling ever, and because it gets 80 mpg
- Citroën DS wagon – because I see a mint green one every day, and a Goddess that’s practical too = win
- BMW 2002 touring – because it’s the first BMW hatchback. And because it’s orange.
- Ariel Atom 500 – because it warps your face even more than the one Clarkson drove
- BMW 1-series 3-door diesel hatchback – because I own one and couldn’t imagine a better car for living with every day
- 2009 Mercedes-Benz S600 – just a little something to get to work.
- 2004 Ferrari Enzo – just a little something to get the blood pumping after work.
- 2010 Land Rover Range Rover, 20th Anniversary Edition – just a little something for groceries.
- 2009 Mercedes-Benz McClaren SLR Convertible – just a little something to get me to the beach.
- 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL convertible – just a little something to pick up a few bottles of wine on my way to the Hamptons.
- 2010 Bugatti Veyron – just a little something to take down a race track.
- 1963 Jaguar XK-E (E-type) convertible – just a little something to pick up a few essentials at Harrods Knightsbridge.
- 2009 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended – just a little something to be driven to my hotel room at the St. Regis, NYC.
- 2009 Bentley Continental GTC – just a little something to for an afternoon of shopping on Rodeo.
- 2012* Gulfstream G650 – just a little something to get me to the places I can’t drive or where I have cars waiting.
*I can dream, can’t I??
In case anyone was keeping track, that’s about $64 Million, give or take.
I make my choices based on more than 55 years of driving everything from motorcycles to 10-ton trucks to formula racing cars. I have millions of miles behind me on several continents. If I am to fill a dream garage I will choose for various reasons including looks, engineering, performance, handling and comfort. Since I can only drive one vehicle at a time and I can only look at and polish the vehicles that are parked, I tend to lean towards appearance. I also mostly choose coupés or hardtops, because I always live in rainy places. The list is not in any special order.
Mazda MX-5 Retractable Hardtop (2009) – A great peppy little car – ideal to pop over to the supermarket, economical and easy to park. Red colour, if still available, for visibility in the rain!
Jaguar E-type, (1974) – My dream car of the 1970’s, perhaps the most beautiful car ever designed. I always wanted one, but I lived where the snow was too deep for year round use, so settled for a Jaguar 3.4 in those days. The colour must be British racing green!
Mercedes Benz 300SLR (1955) – Another classic beauty never driven, but much lusted for in my early days of driving. The colour must be silver!
Porsche Carrera GT (2005) – For me the most beautiful Porsche with lots of new technology and exiting to drive. How about a yellow one?
Aston Martin DB9 Coupé (2008) – Always wanted a DB5, but out of my range. I loved the DB’s in James Bond movies. I think they have a metallic turquoise colour, not too ostentatious for a tour of the British Isles.
AC Cobra Coupé Mk II (1965) – Once raced against this beauty. This marque was perhaps the most successful melding of British and American technology for a sports car. My friend’s was dark metallic blue, that would do fine!
Maserati Gran Turismo S (2008) – This is the car I would choose for a tour around continental Europe. Silver colour would be fine to keep it cool in the hot Italian sun!
Ferrari 250 GTO (1964) – Have always loved Ferraris on and off the track. This is another classic, almost as beautiful as the E-type Jaguar. The colour must be Italian racing red
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera (2008) – Perhaps one of the most technically advanced machines on the road and the lines speak to what it can do. I would have to find a race track to really check it out. They have a bright orange coloured one, which would keep me visible when flying low!
Bentley Continental Flying Spur (2009) – Always felt that a Bentley would be the ultimate luxury business vehicle. The colour must be black!
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