By on December 24, 2008

As some of you have no doubt read, my pal Jack Baruth is now dishing it out here at TTAC. And his Naughty and Nice Editorial got me thinking. Let’s close our eyes for a moment and pretend we’re four-years-old. Time to ask Santa for a present. Even if you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, Hindu, or like me (Jewish, but raised by a militant atheist father who would light a big fire every Chrstimas Eve to “keep the nonsense out”), it’s not going to hurt you to believe in Santa for 45 seconds. You’ve been good enough. Santa owes you. So, let’s hear it. What do you want and deserve? Me? Anything with massaging front seats (threw my back out bowling). So I’ll just go ahead and say an AMG S65. Hard to go wrong with 12 cylinders and two turbochargers. And like seriously, why not? You?

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59 Comments on “Question of the Day: Seriously, What Do You Want For Christmas?...”

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    RUF Boxster S.

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    If I got to ask for ANYHTING and I’d absolutely get it because of powers of the Lord… I’d want a BUGATTI VEYRON.

    Now…if I have to be realistic and ask for something I can’t buy myself, that I could actually get from someone else… I’d ask to be allowed to have sex with this girl i like – without it being counted as cheating on my current woman.

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    Seriously? A pimped-out S-class? What are you? A bookmaker?

    An Aston Martin V8 Vantage for me, thankyouverymuch.

    Peace on earth could be a good thing too. Perhaps too communist?

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    I’d like an Audi R8, please. Perhaps with a V10 TDI?


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    Justin Berkowitz

    Something Italian.

    A Ferrari F430,
    a Fiat Grande Punto,
    a Lancia Thesis, or
    a Monica Bellucci.

    Like Jonny, I’m Jewish. So the only thing I’m getting for Christmas is Chicken with Broccoli. I guess that means I’m getting heartburn for Christmas, too.

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    A Mercedes-Benz W123 Diesel. In White. With Blue interior.

    Rick Wagoner gets fired, shot, and all of his money is given to the UAW.

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    I’m a simple person, so I will take a Lotus 7. I will take the series 2 7, UK registration “KAR 120C” used in the show “The Prisoner” in the late 60’s. Thank you.

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    Mark MacInnis

    2009 BMW 535i Touring. Black.

    oh, and world peace. Thanks, Santa.

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    Peace on Earth. And the autobahn-scorching AMG S65 that Johnny likes, in black with the Savanna interior.

    If I can only have one pick, then I’ll take the S65.

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    A job, preferably one that does not suck. Right now most any will do.

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    An SLR 722 with the Silver Arrow package in black.

    Or an E63 wagon.

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    Porsche 997 GT3. And peace on earth.
    Happy holidays.

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    My Ford fixed.

    Or a Pontiac G8 GXP.

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    Give me a 2010 Subaru WRX STI.

    It’s rumored that that car’s gonna be bananas, but even if it’s not, I’ll take an ’08-’09 STI any day.

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    Justin Berkowitz

    RedStapler :

    A job, preferably one that does not suck. Right now most any will do.

    We’re allowed to ask for those? In that case, I’ll take two.

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    I don’t deserve anything, but an S2000, Miata, or Vette would be nice. I don’t want anything more expensive to operate and maintain than those cars.

    But more realistically, I’d like a better engine mount for my Mazda3 to stop the damn wheelhop! Or maybe a LSD; one wheel drive just isn’t the greatest way to get around in the winter.

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    Like RedStapler, a job would be good. But, living in Metro Detroit, it is not likelt. And for it to stop f&(king snowing.

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    rpn453 :
    December 24th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t deserve anything, but an S2000, Miata, or Vette would be nice.

    You don’t deserve anything?? Did you piss away $50 billion and drive your stock price from $70 to $3 in eight years? Well, GM did, and it “deserved” $17 billion in taxpayer money. So by that standard, of course you deserve something!

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    Jeez, where do I begin?

    Aston Martin DB9
    Jaguar XKR
    Bugatti Veyron
    Ferrari F430
    A new house (preferably in Pasadena, Cal)
    and a £10000 budget at Jimmy Choo.

    I’ll most likely get a dodgy jumper….

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    I’d like Santa to abolish the private import restrictions. I can take care of the Skyline GTS, 190D 2.5 Turbo manual, NSX Type-R, etc. on my own.

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    I am really liking look of the newest Audis.

    2009 A4 or A5 V6 in Black would nice.

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    If I have to ask for something automotive I’ll take a manual conversion kit for my KJ CRD.

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    I’d like Rick Wagoner to resign. Oh, and peace, goodwill, and all that crap.

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    For Christmas, I got an Alfa Romeo badge that I’m taping on my Camry over the bootlid Toyota badge. :) I want a Lexus 570 with black metallic paint, the African rosewood interior, and apple cinnamon scented tires!! Or a Lotus Whitestar thing, whatever it is called. :)

    @Cicero, RunfromCheney, Mr. Lieberman:
    People who wish for Mercedeses lack ambition. :O! j/k

    Lexus all the way!!! Happy Holidays. :)

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    So by that standard, of course you deserve something!

    Good point. I’ll take mine in black, please!

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    S65 Black please.

    Or a blowjob.

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    An Infiniti G35 or BMW 330i would be OK for me. Coupe, natch.

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    it’s always fun to dream, but I’d keep it fairly practical and go for an alfaholics fast road suspension kit for my ’71 Alfa Giulia Super…

    or for someone to buy my ’74 Alfa GT so I could then afford the suspension kit

    Merry Christmas! (Or Happy Holidays, if applicable)

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    If we are sticking with automotive wishes…

    Lamborghini Miura SV Jota.

    There’s still 5 of them left on the planet. I promise I will drive it and give it an Italian tuneup every time I am behind the wheel.

    (But I will lovingly disassemble the engine, have it cryo-treated, coat the bearings and cams and piston tops and valves, install EFI and COP ignition, and thoroughly dyno tune it. No forced induction, but I want it to really haul ass and keep running. Save for the trained eye, nobody will know. And someone can always put the carbs and crap back on after they stick me in the ground.)

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    I’m gonna go with a Sunburst Orange manual trans Vette coupe, with magna-ride or Z51 and HUD, or an Ariel Atom.

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    I want the head of the little fuck that stole my truck and tools.
    All I got back is a stripped truck…


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    An Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider would be nice.

    Even it’s little frugal brother, the Alfa Spider JTDM would be a wonderful addition to my home-brew burning fleet. It would make my commute so much more enjoyable.


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    Like Jonny & Justin I’m Jewish. Those of you who are Detroiters and older than 35 may remember a long defunct discount department store called Federal’s (as it was circling the drain, the gonif who was stripping it renamed some of the stores Ed’s and others Deral’s to save on replacing the signs). Federal’s used to have great Christmastime 88 cent toy sales. This would be the early 60s. Some of the toys were dreck, closeouts and off-brand stuff, but some were just great bargains. Pre-safety-nanny toys like the one that let you cut styrofoam with a hot nichrome wire. My mom has OCD, including compulsive shopping and hoarding and while I was cleaning her basement I came across a new, in the box with warranty slip, Fisher Price “Nifty Station Wagon”, with all the little wooden people and their dog. This was before they downsized the people and made them out of plastic. On auction sites they go for between $200 and $300.

    So anyhow I was at Federals with my mom. Like I said she’s a hoarder and wanted me to go ask the store Santa for some candy canes. “Free” is hoarders’ crack. My parents weren’t Orthodox but they were very traditional Conservative Jews and my entire extended family is strongly identified as Jews. By then I was already attending a Hebrew day school. Free candy might be free candy but I knew something wasn’t kosher so I was digging my heels in, whining, “but Mom, we’re Jewish.” The Santa smiled broadly, put his hand on my head and in a perfect Yiddish said, “A leben ahf dein kepele, Lit., A long life upon your head, i.e. such a smart kid, and gave me a handful of candy canes.

    What I’d like to see in 2009 is a domestic car industry on the road to recovery, leading a turnaround of the American economy. That and less hate for the folks in my hometown and homestate.

    To Robert, Jonny and Justin, and your families, A Fraylechen Chanukah, Chag Sameach, to all who celebrate Christmas may you have a joyful and spiritually uplifting holiday, and may we all have a new year filled with peace, prosperity and health.

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    Turbo G

    Today I want a Supercharged Lotus Elise.

    Happy Winter Solstice Holiday of your choice everyone!

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    For Ronnie, Robert, Jonny, Justin and all the other menorahchem mensches that make this site what it is: May your candles be bright, your families warm and your heritage strong.

    We’ll be driving to church tonight listening to the Klezmatics playing Woody Guthrie’s Chanukah songs.

    Oh, me? A 365 GTB Daytona Spyder would be just fine, thanks. Dark blue if you have it, but the yellow is OK, too.

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    Happy Channukah and Merry Christmas to whoever celebrates either!

    I would settle for a V8 Audi S5 right now. Stunner.

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    I would like some driving skills, please.

    Nah, just kidding. Santa requests should always be toys. I’d like an FD RX-7. No wait, an NSX. No, the FD. Hmm… oh hell, just surprise me.

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    World peace. An end to hunger and disease.

    Oh, and both the four wheel drive road cars Harry Miller built.

    Merry Christmas everybody.

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    Rev Junkie

    I’d go for the upcoming 500hp Ariel Atom V8. 2.5L Supercharged V8 that revs up to 10 grand, and weighs well under a ton, what more could a car enthusiast want?

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    Michael Ayoub

    $100 billion dollars in investments, all generating additional revenue.

    So I never have to work. Ever.

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    A phone call from corporate GM telling me to get my 2004 Silverado to the nearest dealer will they will actually fix all the defects brought to their attention during the warranty period.

    Better yet, buy it back at a decent price and pay me the substantial amount of money I lost (lost income, vehicle rentals, etc.) during the too-many futile visits to dealers where defect repairing was repeatedly shunned.

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    I own an S550 Benz. The AMG model never came to mind. I figured if I was gonna ask for ANYTHING…might as well be a Veyron since that’s the thing I feel is hardest to even remotely reach.

    I should have asked for Telekinesis

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    My E30 fixed is a great idea. I’d like to have a E320 or 528i this Christmas. My wish for a future car or any day now is a new 328i coupe and/or new A4. Also I might as well give an exotic a shot, um… fast, pretty, and warm. Please god with me a nice car!

    Ask and ye shall receive
    Seek and ye shall find
    Knock and the door shall be opened

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    Thanks for the kind wishes.

    We’ll be driving to church tonight listening to the Klezmatics playing Woody Guthrie’s Chanukah songs.

    I like the band but am not fond of their politics. But then I like Woody’s music and I’m not fond of his politics either. If you like klezmer, Andy Statman’s stuff is great and there’s a Dutch band with what has to be the best name for a klez band, Di Gojim. Statman is not only a fine reed player (clarinet & sax) but he’s also a world class mandolin player. He and David Grisman were friends as teenagers. A few years ago Grisman’s Acoustic Disc label released an album they did together called Songs of Our Fathers, dedicated to their mothers. If you ever catch Michael Medved’s radio show, he closes out his Friday shows just before 6PM eastern time with Shalom Aleichem, a traditional Shabbat song, from that album.

    Margot Leverett & the Klezmer Mountain Boys is a klez/bluegrass (Jewgrass?) fusion band that is just marvelous. I think she used to play with the Klezmatics. Frankly I think they should have called the band the Klezmer Mountain Boychiks.

    Ruby Harris, who was in the Diaspora Yeshiva Band, has done some Jewgrass as well, though his music is more blues and less klez than the Mountain Boys.

    In terms of old stuff, anything by Dave Tarras is good and Naftuli Brandwine was the Jimi Hendrix of the klezmer clarinet.

    And yeah, if anyone wants to get me something for Chanukah, a DB9 or any other current Aston Martin would be just ducky. Astons are the most beautiful cars made today. I wouldn’t turn down anything made by Lotus, and I love Jaguar XJs, particularly the XJC though it’s about the least reliable XJ made – but the most beautiful iteration of the most beautiful sedan ever made. A Series III XJ with a supercharger and a tap shifting 4 speed turbohydramatic would be fun too.

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    1977 Aston Martin Vantage.

    As for new cars, I’d put in a request for a Bullitt. It’s nothing fancy and the 2010 GT is probably the better car, but the ’05-09 series looks better I think. Besides that, it struck me as the kind of car that would put a smile on your face every time you started it up. And that’s the true meaning of Christmas.

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    Any of the above would be great. Or just maybe… a ’61 corvair lakewood wagon like this(scroll down a bit for a video)… These are such odd and wonderful cars. Only made for two years (62’s were called Monza), so they are very rare in this kind of condition. Ebay mostly has undriveable basket cases. But Santa, the clever cuss, knows that already. So hurry down the chimney tonight!

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    Damn RF, classy choice.

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    BMW 535, Orient Blue Metallic, tan leather, 6 speed stick natch. Bigger garage and lower taxes too.

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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    Nogaro Blue B7 RS4 Avant, please!

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    -peace on earth
    -a 997 GT3 RS
    -cures for cancer, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
    -a new job I’d enjoy (a six figure one would be nice)
    -a woman who’s as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside who loves me for who I am
    -a Jetta Sportwagen TDI
    -assurance that our country and our world will make it through these most trying times, and that the lessons they’ve brought about will have been learnt

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    I want the clock turned back 8 years so Bush don’t get the chance to give us a historically massive screw up.

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    Tesla Roadster, kthanks ? Oh, no, i believe even Santa has to be in the waiting list for those so authentic AC Cobra will do.

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    As another Jewish guy, today will be wishing for a good Chinese meal and the new Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider.

    If I could have 2 cars I’d ask for a E class 4 matic. I’m getting old enough that I want my sedan to be smoother than a BMW. I have to Alfa for buzzing around corners.

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    Land Cruiser or F150 King Ranch
    Airstream trailer

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    A Ruf Porsche and a sexy grade school teacher who is open minded about trying new things…..

    Putting the Ho Ho Ho back in Christmas!

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    Justin Berkowitz

    @Ronnie Schreiber:

    Thanks for the great suggestions! I am just getting into Klezmer so it’s good to get some advice on what to check out.

    TR3GUY :
    If I could have 2 cars I’d ask for a E class 4 matic. I’m getting old enough that I want my sedan to be smoother than a BMW.
    I’m not too old and I feel the same way. I know people complain about the interior of the E-Class but I like the C and E very much overall. Great, and comfortable to drive.

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    A trust fund, so I can stop looking for a job. Failing that, a job.

    Daily Driver: Audi RS6 Avant.
    Santa Says I Was Nice Second Car: Ferrari P4/5 – Pininfarina’s one-off Enzo redesign
    Track Car: E30 M3

    Gee I Would Like This Right Now: An ATV with a snowblower. It’s not supposed to snow 15+ inches in Seattle, and it’s still coming down.

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    I hate to say this but I want a V8– NO a G8.

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    I’d like the assurance that I’ll be fully employed for all of 2009 (I work in the financial industry in IT)

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