By on January 4, 2017

Super Car Garage

A new year dawns and a lot of people are making resolutions about what they’d like to do or not do, depending on whether you’re talking about going to the gym or smoking. So, while most of those resolutions will come to naught — like they have for the past All Of The Years — I was thinking about something else that will never happen.

Follow me on a little flight of fantasy, and let’s see where we end up.

First, and most importantly: all fantasies have rules. All of you can assume only the following non-variable situation:

1. You’ve got unlimited money, for an unlimited number of vehicles to collect.

2. You’ve got unlimited storage for said vehicles, no matter their size, condition, or level of leakage or fire hazard.

3. You may only collect one brand.

Easy enough, right? But numbers one and two created a bit of conflict for number three in my mind.  Most car guys/girls/nonbinaries are fans of select models across many brands. But that’s not the game today.  So what have I got in my spotless fantasy garage, wherein the leather does not age, and it matters not if the electrics bear a Lucas crest?

Jaguar.

The leaping cat has earned its place in my fantasy garage. Their models across the decades specialize in looking great and being quick — a dignified conveyance of prestige, leather, and quiet. “Ah, yeah but…” I hear you saying, “those will break down a lot!” Reliability isn’t one of our three rules, and neither is fuel consumption, so get out of here with that. Instead, have a look at some of the things I’d put behind my hand-carved mahogany garage doors.  I’ll try and limit it to just a few examples, otherwise I’ll spend all day talking about old Jags.

XKSS, 1957

Jaguar XKSS

From leftover D Type racers, Jaguar created a few XKSS examples available for sale to the public.  The curves and speed were still there, except now it had a roof and bumpers. There were supposed to be 25 of them, but a fire at the factory meant only 16 made it into customer hands. It’s fantastic.

Mark X, 1961-1970

Jaguar Mark X
Jaguar Mark X Interior

The beautiful Mark X was the first Jaguar sedan with modern aerodynamic styling. Compared to its Mark IX predecessor, it was much more tidy in shape and proportion. Gone were the pontoon rear fenders and tall trunk fit for train cases. Its elegant interior had burl wood and chrome for days.

XJ13, 1966

Jaguar XJ13

They only made one, and it never did what it was supposed to do: race at LeMans. Maybe that’s why it looks so much like a GT40. It’s probably not even for sale, but I’m sure it will be once enough zeroes are added to the check. Mine now.

XJ12C, 1975-1978

Jaguar XJ12C
I’ve long desired this pillarless coupe (with the big 5.3-liter V12). I’m almost sure the build quality of this ’70s British vehicle is terrible, and I don’t care. The proportions and lines are spot on. Bonus points if it’s all black, or with a brougham-era vinyl top like the example above.

XJ220, 1992-1994

Jaguar XJ220. Photo courtesy wikipedia.org

Pretty much a flop, as a recession and market index-linked purchase contracts added nearly £200,000 (roughly $387,000 USD in 1991) to the retail price between 1990 and 1992. Jaguar also announced it was building road versions of the XJR-9 with its 12-cylinder engine while trying to sell the XJ220. But would you just look at it, rear brake lamps from the Rover 200 and all.

XJ, 2007-2009

2006 Jaguar XJ Super V8 Portfolio

The final entry in my abridged garage is the last version of the XJ to maintain a link to traditional Jaguar saloon styling — the XJ308. Available in long wheelbase Super V8 guise, this modern interpretation of the classic Mark II would be the last to have the old DNA front and center. A horsepower figure of 390 was nothing to sneeze at, either.

You can have a lot of fun with unlimited money. Your turn, B&B.

[Image: XKSS; Jaguar Land Rover]

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184 Comments on “QOTD: If Money Is No Object, What Brand Are You Collecting?...”


  • avatar
    JimC2

    In no particular order:

    Lada Niva
    Original Mini Minor (with the tiny SU carburetors 10″ wheels or whatever they were)
    Hemi Dart with an 833

  • avatar

    Rolls Royce.

    I would have something from the 1970-Present.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Stu. De. Baker.

    Begin with bullet-noses, move on to Hawks & Larks.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I’m going assume my vast wealth allows me to by-pass the 25 year importation ban nonsense since most things can be fixed with a hot cash injection.

    Therefore, without hesitation:

    Nissan.

    Hakosuka and Kenmeri
    RS Turbo
    Silvia
    Cedric/Gloria
    Godzilla
    240, 300

    • 0 avatar
      Robert MdO

      Nissan was my fist thought when I read the last rule; so many cool cars up to the 90’s.

      Since you didn’t mentioned it, I guess I can take the only R390 GT1 ever produced :)

  • avatar
    Tarditi

    Porsche.
    Rationale:
    They are great cars that you can actually drive any day.
    935 in Martini Livery
    Steve McQueen’s cars (911 and 917)
    The 904 is cool
    959 Dakar is WAAY cool
    Little Bird
    Carrera RSR
    Carrera GT
    Eventually, Jazz the Autobot will be acquired and we’ll hang out.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Stop reading my mind Parker Lewis.

  • avatar
    energetik9

    For me it’s Porsche. Mostly because I’m a current owner, I have always been drawn to them and I know a good deal about some classic models. Off the top of my head, I’d go for:

    -a singer restoration
    -718 RS Spyder
    -1960’s 911 R and of course a brand new 911 R
    -914-6 (had a lot of fun as a teenager in one)
    -Early 70’s 911 Carrera RS
    -Probably a 356, just for how classic it is
    -Boxster Sypder

  • avatar
    Chris Tonn

    It doesn’t have the baller status of Jag, Ferrari, or whatever, but the various cars of Prince/Datsun/Nissan/Infiniti:

    Skylines of the Hakosuka, Kenmeri, R30, and R33 generations.
    Zs – a pristine US market ’70, an ex-Bob Sharp racer, a Z432R, an ’82/’83 Turbo ZX, and probably a Shiro Special Z31.
    A 510 two-door.
    A Prince R380.
    Mid-’80s Hardbody King Cab 4×4.
    A Pulsar SE Twincam with the Sportback.
    A rust-free B13 SE-R.
    Maybe a Q60 Red Sport as a new daily driver.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    I don’t really have the “collector” gene, nor do I desire some vast warehouse full of cars a la Jay Leno. Just not my style.

    I’d rather do 2-3-4 houses in interesting places and 1-2 interesting cars in each of their garages.

    But if I had a gun to my head, I’d collect something like lesser Ferraris (512BB, 308GTS, 550 Maranello) or just a couple interesting Porsches (993, 930, 928). Or maybe just a couple McLarens, an F1 and a 570S.

  • avatar
    DevilsRotary86

    Mazda Rotaries
    – All generations of the RX7 from 1978 Series 1 to 2002 Series 8. Since money is no object, I will pull a Bill Gates and pay congress to make me an exception to import a 2002 RX-7 Spirit R.
    – RX-8
    – RX-5
    – RX-4
    – RX-3 in all body styles, including coupe, sedan, and station wagon.
    – RX-2
    – Mazda Eunos Cosmo in all generations including a 1967 Series 1.
    – The Mazda Roadpacer AP, a really weird car. It was a Holden Premier that was shipped to Japan sans engine where Mazda fitted it with a rotary. Only 800 were made.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    If I could shift the rules ever so slightly, I’d rather collect the works of a designer, rather than manufacturer. Giorgetto Giugiaro has designed everything from the pedestrian to supercars. My collection would include:

    -Lotus Esprit
    -original VW Golf
    -Maser Ghibli
    -original Lexus GS
    -Alfa Alfetta GT
    -BMW M1

  • avatar

    Honda of course:

    AP1 S2000
    AP2 S2000 CR
    1997 NSX
    2001 electric blue prelude
    2000 Civic Si
    Integra Type R

    BMW is a close second brand for me.

    • 0 avatar
      wristtwist

      This is a good start, but you are missing out on some of the best toys:
      (everything manual that can be)

      HondaJet
      Honda marine engines for my boat toys (honestly I’m not much of an outboard guy, but I’ll take what I can get)
      Aquatrax F12x

      `07 S2000 (championship white, with the black and red interior)

      `94 NSX (one of the first 9 Brooklands green ones, as they had the black roof, with a tan interior)
      `99 NSX Alex Zanardi Edition
      `05 NSX (Grand Prix white, coupe (non UDSM))
      ’05 NSX-T (technically, they ended the coupe option in 02 so everything is a -T, but) (one in Long Beach Blue Pearl, one in New Imola Orange Pearl)
      `95 NSX Type R
      ’02 NSX-R

      `01 DC2 ITR with the JDM front end (white, of course)
      `02 CH1 ATR EU version.

      `91 CRX SI (white)
      `89 Civic SI (red)
      `91 Civic SI (white)
      `00 Civic SI (Electron blue pearl)

      `03 Legend Exclusive (JDM or Australia only, I think. Maybe euro)
      FCX Clarity (cause it’s neat)
      ’15 Jade RS (white)
      ’16 StepWGN

      ’95 delSol VTEC (USDM
      ’96 delSol VTEC Transtop (EDM or JDM)

      And the next best part of Honda: (abs wherever possible)
      2016 Honda RC213V-S
      a couple of the past RC-V bikes (the race ones)
      one of every single VFR generations, especially:
      `06 VFR 800 in white with the factory bags, heil bar risers, color matched cowl for the rear seat. (talk about the one that got away)
      Full series of NSR500
      NR500
      NR750
      CBX (oh hell yea)
      CBR1100XX
      CBR1000RR
      CBR600 F4i
      Transalp
      Nighthawk N700SC
      Grom
      `86 GL1200 Aspencade SEi
      Valkyrie
      `16 GL1800 Goldwing with all the toys
      Rune (because awesome)
      NM4 (dual clutch in a bike? i’d like to play with it)

      Thats all i can think of now.

  • avatar

    I’m inclined to say Jaguar or Porsche. But since those marques have been suggested, I’ll go with Shelby.

    I’d buy Shelby’s personal 289 Cobra, the first one made, followed by a 427, and a Daytona Coupe. I’d buy one of each from the MKI-IV GT40s, including the LeMans winning cars. That would be followed by the Shelby Mustangs – ’66 GT-350, an original GT-500, and an Eleanor clone to hoon around in.

    And while I’m on the Shelby kick, I’d pick up a Dodge Omni GLH, Dodge Charger, Daytona, and maybe a Shadow and Lancer with the Shelby treatment.

    Finally, there would be the modern cars–the Ford GT, GT-500, and the new GT-350.

  • avatar
    buffaloboxster

    I’m also a current Porsche owner, but for me it’s Ferrari hands down. They’re the cars that got me into cars – specifically the 1984 288 GTO that was the first model car I ever built. That’s where my list starts, and it would include most of the evolution of the mid-engined non-12-cylinder family, from the 246GT Dino through the 488, including the GTO and the F40. I’d add in a few front-engine V12 cars for good measure, and some classics (though maybe not the ones you’d expect).

    min-engine V6/V8
    246 GT Dino
    308 GTB w/ fiberglass body
    308 GT4
    328 GTS
    348 TS
    Mondial T Cabriolet
    F355 F1
    360 Spyder (manual)
    F430
    458 Stradale
    488 GTB

    V-12s
    F50
    599 GTO
    F12
    GTC4 Lusso
    365 GTB4 Daytona
    250 TR
    275 GTS

    Race cars
    1971 Ferrari 512
    1993-1994 333 SP
    1989 640 F1 car – first F1 car with a semiautomatic gearbox
    1990 641 F1 car, ex-Prost
    2004 F2004 F1 car, ex-Schumacher

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      Nicely done. No Testarossa?

      • 0 avatar
        buffaloboxster

        I knew I forgot something… I’d take a 512BBi and Testarossa!

        • 0 avatar
          Tele Vision

          I had a Testarossa for an entire afternoon. My friend was a part-owner of a high-end used car dealership. I asked him which car I could take out and he said anything but the race-prepped C5 and the Monster Miata… I returned it to my friend after one hour. It was low, obviously, but too low; it was hellaciously wide, even though my girlfriend and I were nearly touching shoulders; inside, it smelled like unburnt fuel enough to get a headache; people made amazingly dangerous driving maneuvers to get close enough to take a blurry picture with a waved iPhone; and the clutch nearly required both feet.

          Perhaps it was a dog of a Ferrari but it was my first and probable last drive in one. ‘Never meet your heroes’, indeed.

          That said I’d like a blast in a 360.

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    Vintage Pontiacs – my first car ever was a 1968 Firebird (a rustbucket of a car). I would love to have another – along with a 455 ’70 Firebird, a GTO Judge, a weirdo inline-6 Tempest, an original ’64 GTO, and even a massive Bonneville and Grand Prix.

    • 0 avatar
      56BelAire

      Finally dividebytube……….a guy with some Detroit muscle love. Kudos. I have me my vintage Pontiac in the garage. See avatar.

      Chevy would be good too….What’s not to love about old muscle era Corvette’s, Chevelle’s, Camaro’s, Impala’s?

      And the author, Corey…….How could you collect Jag’s and not own an XKE?

  • avatar

    All these answers are wrong. Everyone needs to collect MOAR LINCOLNS…each and every Designer Series.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I guess Maserati.

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    I’m easily satisfied: late ’80s Nissan hardtop sedans.

    U11 Bluebird Maxima Legrand

    U12 Bluebird SSS ATTESA

    C33 Laurel

    Y31 Cedric/Gloria Cima

    And I’ll throw in a “maybe 12 were made” R10 Presea Blackstar with a 5-speed and SR20DE.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    1967-69 Camaro. At least one must be a 250 Powerglide, too. One has to be a convertible and the other one a Rally Sport.

    1970-72 Chevelle. Also, at least one with a 250 powerglide. All in two door hardtop, please. None in that ubiquitous light green that was so popular in those years. The 1972 model must be the “Heavy Chevy” option. The other nothing more than a 307 Powerglide.

    I never said I want to go fast! I’m strictly a cruiser.

  • avatar
    Feds

    Only 1 brand? Dodge.

    No, hear me out!

    All the muscle car stuff:
    Charger Daytonas
    Hemi Challengers
    Dart Swingers

    All the modern SRT8/Hellcat stuff

    An early and a late Viper
    A v10 truck for poops and giggles
    An early Power Wagon and a Ramcharger for offroad fun
    A Fuselage Monaco for cruising
    A Mural-equipped A100 or early B van for car shows
    A GLH for autocrossing

    THEN you can get into all the rebadged Mitsu stuff:
    Starion/Conquest
    3000GT/Stealth
    Mighty Max/Ram50
    Pajero/Raider

    I’m not a Mopar guy by nature, but under the rules of the game here, this is the only answer.

  • avatar
    nels0300

    I’ll do Toyota, why not.

    1996 Supra Turbo
    1996 MR2 Turbo
    1993 Celica All-Trac
    1988 MR2 Supercharged
    1995 Previa All-Trac Supercharged
    A Corolla with a 20 valve 4-AGE

    Old Celicas, Supras, Land Cruisers.

    Lexus LS and SC400.

    2000GT.

  • avatar
    athoswhite

    The marque that invented the modern sports car: MG

    I’d start with a 1929 M-Type and throw in a J2, PA, a C-Type a Q-type and an R-Type (to race at Goodwood Revival), one of each of the T-Series, one of each of the A’s (1500, 1600, Twin-Cam, and Coupe), a bucket of B’s and C’s (chrome bumper, rubber bumper, BGT, etc), and finish it off with a 1995 RV8 for a daily driver. And drip pans. Lots and lots of drip pans.

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      Mention of MG made me think of this special Austin-Healey I saw, since you’re probably into those as well.

      https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B38ULhHiIa2Ibnp6SWg5WjE0bWc

  • avatar
    spreadsheet monkey

    Agree with you on the 1970s goodness of the XJC, but I’d also want a Series 1 E-type and a new F-type in my Jag collection, in place of the bloated Mark X and the marketing disaster XJ220.

  • avatar
    omer333

    Tough call here. Do I go with a garage full of Mustangs with a Crown Vic LX Sport, a couple STs, an Explorer, and a Cosworth Sierra thrown in for laughs; or do I go with a phalanx of Datsun/Nissan Z’s, a couple 510s, and a Pathfinder?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Corey, no E-type?

    Heresy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    One Brand? Unlimited Money?

    Jaguar.

    And I would practice until I could pronounce it like Sean Connery with a bit of scotch in him.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    Dodge so I could get a new Viper ACR, 1969 Charger and all sorts of Challengers from 1970 and 1971.

    Plum with white convertible with an a833 pistol grip and a hemi.
    Curious Yellow R/T with a big block.
    Hemi Orange and Panther Pink T/A
    White Vanashing point tribute car.
    Sam Posey’s #77 for vintage racing.

    What the heck, a copy of each generation Viper couple and roadster.

    Does Mopar count and a brand? I could throw the ‘cuda in there too then!

    • 0 avatar
      BigOldChryslers

      I was also wondering if “Mopar” counts, because that would change/expand the contents of my dream garage significantly. If not, I would have to go with Chrysler. (Not too surprising, considering my handle.) I probably wouldn’t fit comfortably in most European sports cars anyhow, so why collect them?

      My collection would include:
      1953 Chrysler Special (bodies hand-made by Ghia)
      1955 Falcon (concept)
      1955 Chrysler 2-door wagon (R’Evolution by JF Kustoms)
      1956 New Yorker (2-door hardtop, red/white/black 3-tone paint)
      1958 300D with Bendix EFI (16 built, only known examples were converted to carbs)
      1960 300F with Pont-a-Mousson 4-speed (4 known to exist)
      1961 300G convertible
      1963 Turbine (9 still exist, 2 in private ownership)
      1966 every model and bodystyle combo (13+ cars)
      1971 300 Hurst
      1976 Cordoba (Ricardo Montalban’s own car, from the recently shuttered Chrysler museum)
      2001-02 Prowler (rebadged as a Chrysler after Plymouth was shuttered)
      2005 ASC Helios 300 (convertible)
      2012-14 300 SRT8

      No Imperials on the list simply because Imperial is not a Chrysler, it was a separate brand. Otherwise I’d have a few, including a ’61 convertible and a Ghia limo.

      • 0 avatar
        la834

        Good call on 1966 being the apogee of Chrysler style (i’ll accept 1965 which were nearly as nice).

        I’d also throw in a ’76-’78 New Yorker Brougham (stylistic successor to the 65/66), a ’79-81 NY or 5th Ave, and a ’17 Pacifica Limited.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Toyota. Laugh if you must, but I’m specifically focusing on their 70s-90s Japanese market stuff, and that makes for quite a wild variety of different classes and types of automobiles. Globe trotting 4wds, luxo-cruisers, sports cars of various grades, etc.

  • avatar
    MidLifeCelica

    How about Aston Martin? The Virage, Vantage, and Vanquish. Plus anything starting with DB. DB10 as daily driver. Spend the rest of my cash on plastic surgery to look like Daniel Craig and a custom liver capable of absorbing large quantities of straight vodka. Shake and enjoy.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Well, I don’t know about any of y’all, but if my budget is unlimited, I’m damn sure not limiting myself to one brand. How about a genre? Make mine Personal Luxury / Performance Coupes, both foreign and domestic.

    1956 Lincoln Mark II
    1960 Chrysler 300F
    1962 Ford Thunderbird
    1963 Buick Riviera
    1964 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron Convertible
    1966 Oldsmobile Toronado
    1966 Buick Riviera
    1967 Cadillac Eldorado
    1969 Lincoln Mark III
    Late 1960s Mercedes W111 coupe
    1971 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
    1972 Lincoln Mark IV
    1973 Citroen SM
    1975 Jaguar XJ12C (see pic above – it’d definitely make my list)
    1980 Cadillac Eldorado
    1981 Chrysler Imperial
    Late-’80s Mercedes Benz W124 Coupe
    1986 BMW M6
    1988 Lincoln Mark VII LSC
    2003 Bentley Continental R
    2017 Cadillac ATS-V

  • avatar

    Wow I’m the third Dodge guy so far!! were beating ford ? how’d that happen?
    My list
    66 Charger
    Charger 500
    64 Cuda
    WM300 power wagon.
    58 conventional cab power wagon
    Little Red Express
    Warlock
    A100 pickup
    Spirit RT
    Daytona IROC RT
    Ramcharger (have an 88 would like to add a bigblock with removable top from the 70’s)
    Early 80’s crew cab dually
    90’s V10 reg cab ram
    First and third gen vipers
    Cummins Mega cab
    Current Challenger
    Charger Hellcat
    Dakota R/T
    Neon ACR
    Caliber SRT4
    89 Daytona with T-tops
    Dodge L series commercial truck
    Rampage
    Raider
    Power wagon town panel
    Shelby CSX
    Dakota convertible
    Damn I could go all day with this.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    My first instinct is Mercedes…. 500E, the old SLC coupes, the gullwing coupe, AMG GT, any newish AMG sedan. I have motorcycles to scratch my raw engagement itch and Mercedes has enough of a catalog to cover the gamut as long as you don’t need stickshift.

  • avatar
    philipwitak

    simple!

    talbot-lago:
    1938 talbot-lago t150 [coupé and cabriolet bodies]
    1947 talbot-lago t26 gs coupé [franay body]

  • avatar
    Zykotec

    No one wants to say Ford?
    I’m not really a one brand guy, but being a cheapskate I have mostly owned Fords, even if very few (3 out of about 20) of them have been my ‘dream’cars, and neither were economically restorable at the time.(although still driveable)
    I have to admit, I would modify almost all of them though, and I would still hate to miss out on some classics from other manufacturers (things with Hemis and v-12’s and the tri-five chebbies)
    Starting with some Hotrodded ’23-40 of all models
    A bunch of Customised cars from 49-59
    Some streetmachined 60’s Falcons and Fairlanes
    All the Mustangs up to 71′ then a few odd ones after that, and some Fox body coupes too.
    I love Stationwagons with fake wood, so I would need an assorted collection of those too.
    And I would include Mercury and Lincoln, and not feel like I’ve cheated at all.
    Chopped 49 Merc (obviously)
    39 Lincoln Zephyr coupe (taildragger ) and all the Conti’-coupes up to ’74
    And so many race cars, and Shelbys (totally not cheating at all).
    And then a bunch of European cars, mostly my first car, but ithout rust, a 1968 Taunus 20M P7a 2 door sedan and a hardtop.
    All the Capris
    Sierra Xr4i (I have owned 2, but I still want them)
    All the Cosworths
    After they stopped making the Escort Cosworth they got kinda boring though.

    PS; I feel kinda forced to choose ford, partly because of general diversity, I don’t want to own only supercars , and partly because when modified they beat everything. They may not have been the ‘coolest cars ever’ from the factory, but people have very often built the ‘coolest cars ever’ from old Fords.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    Ford’s Harley-Davidson F-Series Trucks

  • avatar
    geozinger

    Pontiac. From 1955 to 2010.

  • avatar
    tupperwhere

    Bugatti

    All of the Type 57s, an EB100 and a functional Model 100.

  • avatar
    Fred

    4 cylinder fiberglass sports and racing cars.
    Lotus, Elva, Porsche 904, Typhoons and various kit cars and all those crazy specials.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Mercedes-Benz. Without a second thought.

    I want all of the following Mercedes:

    280SE 3.5 Coupe (ideally Mechatronik-ized, but original is fine too)
    300SEL 6.3
    450SEL 6.9
    560SEL
    Hammer
    Late W129 SL500
    W212 E63 (with the 6.2)

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      No 500E love there?

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      500E is good; Hammer is better.

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      I just want all the Mechatronik Mercedes.

      http://www.mechatronik.de/en/trade/vehicles-on-offer/

      Sweet Jeebus.

      I need this W111 Coupe in my life.

      http://www.mechatronik.de/en/trade/vehicles-on-offer/w-111-m-coupe-55/?fahrzeug-img=m-coupe_398_01.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      So much heresy…

      First Corey chooses Jaguar and doesn’t list an E-type, now dal is choosing Mercedes without the 300SL Gullwing? No 600 Pullman?

      God help us all!

      • 0 avatar
        Corey Lewis

        There’s a 6-door Pullman 600 on that German site, but I’m not sure I like it. I think it needs to stay at four doors.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Look at it this way, Corey…if you’re a third world potentate, you need as much room as you can get. The more doors, the merrier.

          This one’s a four door stretch. Love the wh*rehouse red interior.

          http://www.mechatronik.de/en/trade/vehicles-on-offer/w-100-600-pullman-en/?fahrzeug-img=w100_600_pullman_398_03.jpg

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            As long as I have three armed guards, that should be enough. I will not suffer the indignity of having a middle row of seats and compromised legroom! The rest of my security staff can ride in their own car.

            The dash on the W180 is a thing of beauty. Single piece of wood.

            Edit: Why’s the wheel camber at the back so messed up on that one?

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Apparently they removed the trunk-mounted Vulcan cannon. Those babies are heavy.

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            “Apparently they removed the trunk-mounted Vulcan cannon. Those babies are heavy.”

            Surplus M163 “fly swatter,” anyone?

            But that would limit your car collection choices to the Food Machinery Corporation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FMC_Corporation
            Since they got spun into United Defense and now BAE, that opens up a lot of possibilities…

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        I’ve never been into the “supercar” class of cars, so no Gullwing (or SLR or SLS) for me. 600 is tempting for the sheer engineering vanity but I think the same engine is better in the 300SEL 6.3.

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          I’m not into supercars either. Any racing game like GT or Forza, I end up not playing any more once it gets into the supercar and race car class races. Not fun for me.

  • avatar
    Domestic Hearse

    Nash married Hudson and gave birth to AMC. And then AMC married Kaiser Jeep, and ultimately gave birth to AM General. This means I get all kinds of fantastic oddities and collectibles:

    Wasp
    Hornet
    Rambler American and Classic
    Ambassador
    Matador
    Marlin
    Javalin
    AMX
    Pacer (with a Wankle, yo!)
    Gremlin
    Spirit (GT please)
    Concord
    AMC Eagle (the first Subaru Outback)
    Military and Postal Jeeps
    Jeep Wagoneer
    Jeep CJ
    Jeep Cherokee
    Jeep Comanche

    You can keep the Renault era LeCar, Alliance and Encore. Thanks but no.

    So let’s hear it for Kenosha, Mitt’s dad, and the little car company that survived by wits and grit for as long as it could. Come over to my garage and let’s go drive a few of the quirkiest cars ever made in the US, starting with a baby blue Pacer with flames painted on the fenders and Bohemian Rhapsody blaring from its radio: Mama, just killed a man…

    And it comes full circle. What other car company can claim its CEO was assassinated?

    • 0 avatar
      JustPassinThru

      “Nash married Hudson and gave birth to AMC. And then AMC married Kaiser Jeep, and ultimately gave birth to AM General.”

      Actually, that’s a bit off.

      AM General was Kaiser General Products, a structure and factory they purchased from Studebaker in 1964. Prior to that, Kaiser’s military trucks were run off the same assembly line as their civilian lines were.

      But the South Bend plant was a good place to make their one-customer items…at the time the Kaiser M-715 buck-and-a-quarter, the Kaiser Dispatcher 100 mail jeep, and the M-151 new-age military jeep.

      AMC took all of Kaiser Jeep’s properties – as Kaiser Industries was liquidating with the death of Henry Kaiser. They couldn’t well call the military arm KAISER General Products, so with maybe five minutes’ thought, they named it AMGeneral…American Motors General Products.

      They further separated it from Jeep as the civilian Jeeps got updates the mail jeeps never did, such as the stretched frame; and as the M715 was phased out in favor of Dodge and then Chevrolet trucks. The next Big Thing was the HumVee, but by the time that finally got out, AMC was owned by French-Government-owned Renault and AMGeneral had to be sold to remain a defense contractor.

  • avatar
    Mn12Fanatic

    I’m picking Dodge/Chrysler because they have had quite a few good cars in the past.

    Challenger
    Viper
    74 Monaco (Bluesmobile)
    Charger
    Omni GLH
    etc..

    However, I can also then collect all the PT cruisers in the world and destroy them in a massive demolition derby.

  • avatar
    xidex

    Ford

    55 thunderbird
    57 thunderbird
    model T like on american grafitti
    62 continental suicide doors
    64 thunderbolt
    65/66/67/68 fastback and convertible stang
    67 ac cobra 427
    65/66/67/68/69 shelby fastback
    68 shelby convertible and fastback KR
    69 boss 302
    69 boss 429
    69 428 scj fastback
    70 boss 302
    70 boss 429
    70 king cobra

    original ford gt, the early 2000’s like a 2005 ford gt, a brand new one 2017
    2017 shelby gt350R
    2014 shelby gt500 convertible and fastback
    69 cougar eliminator 428 cj and boss 302
    2012 boss 302
    2016 cobra jet
    2004 SVT cobra convertible
    1995 thunderbird SC 5sp
    2017 focus RS
    2015 taurus SHO
    2004 mercury marauder
    68 cougar 7.0 (427)

    many more, could go on for awhile here lol

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Sure, I started out thinking “unlimited budget… Koenegs.. Man, I can’t spell that”. Wait, so many Ferrari’s… so many more Fords or Toyota’s… Umm, OK; serious history, lot’s of variety but some epic fast, some epic lux, some just weird for the interesting factor:
    and found myself on Mercedes. I don’t really like Mercedes that much, but in these rules Mercedes rules.
    Edit: they’ll all be rare, because I’ll have ALL THE MERCEDES. (that’s how unlimited works)

  • avatar
    Jagboi

    Jaguar obviously for me. I’d also include the Daimler variants after Jaguar bought them in 1960 as being the same brand.

    My list would be:
    1965-67 E Type Coupe
    1992 Daimler Double Six
    1956 XK140 coupe
    1949 XK120
    1965 Mark 2
    1967 420
    1997 Daimler Double Six
    1996 Daimler Corsica – although it’s a concept car I’d still love one.
    1994-6 XJS V12 convertible
    2008ish XK coupe
    2006 XJ Portfolio
    1995 XJR
    2014 XF 3.0D wagon
    1991 Daimler DS420 limousine

  • avatar
    Jagboi

    The last photo isn’t an X308, it’s an X350. X358 was the facelift for 2009MY.

    The X308’s are steel bodied, X350’s are aluminium.

  • avatar
    la834

    Ok, I’ll be weird…..

    Rover P4
    Rover P5
    Rover P6 3500
    Land Rover series I, II, III
    original Range Rover 2-door
    later Range Rover 4-door
    Land Rover Discovery Series I & II
    Rover SD1 3500
    Rover 827 Sterling
    Rover Mini (yes, some were so badged)
    Rover 75 Connoisseur V6 manual
    Rover 75 RWD with Mustang V8

  • avatar
    stingray65

    BMW
    1939 327/28
    1939 328
    1959 507
    1959 503
    1959 Isetta 300
    1960 700 Cabriolet
    1972 2002tii
    1972 3.0 CSI
    1981 M1
    1990 Z1
    1992 850CSI
    hottest version of every generation m3, m5, m6
    Z3m Z4m coupes
    X5M
    i8
    i3
    R-69S
    R-90S
    R-1200S
    McLaren F1
    Rolls Royce Dawn
    Mini Cooper S JCW

  • avatar
    Menloguy

    If I were limited to one brand – Citroen!

    1983 CX 2400 Pallas
    1979 GS 1220 Pallas
    1980 Dyane 6
    1982 2CV6
    1986 BX 16 TRS
    1981 Visa
    2016 C4 (for practical everyday use)

    It costs money to have the suspension spheres topped up with LHM fluid in these cars :-)

  • avatar

    ’66 Charger
    ’69 Charger
    ’70 Daytona
    ’72 Charger
    ’84 Shelby Charger (non turbo)

    Since I can only have one brand. As you mentioned it would be more fun to have something across brands which would make for a good list for me.

  • avatar
    STS_Endeavour

    In the garage presently –

    ’99 Town Car Cartier
    ’04 Thunderbird
    ’05 Grand Marquis LS
    ’07 Mark LT
    ’09 XF Supercharged

    I want want want want want a Falcon XR8. :(

  • avatar
    Steve65

    Lamborghini or Aston Martin.

    I’d have a Gallardo as a driver, but otherwise nothing from or after the Chrysler days.
    LP400
    GT350 or 400
    Islero
    Urraco
    Miura
    LM002

    Various DB4/5/6/Zagato examples
    Virage
    DBV8
    Vantage
    Does the Lagonda sedan from the 70s and 80s count?

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    Corey, I’m assuming our daily driver has to be one of these vehicles?

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      Nope.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        C’mon, drive the XJ coupe back and forth to work…I double dog dare ya!

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          My commute is 3.3 miles. I can make it!

          • 0 avatar
            Jagboi

            The biggest problem with the coupes was initial build quality was poor, the components themselves were not bad. By now any bugs should be worked out, but you’d be getting into age related deterioration if things like rubber components have not been replaced.

            A 3.3 mile commute would be hard on a V12, it would never get hot. a 30 mile commute would make it happier.

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            Yeah, I have that problem in cold weather even with V8 engines.

    • 0 avatar
      tjh8402

      Oh well that makes this a lot more complicated…I’ll have to think about this but I’m leaning towards Ferrari right now.

      • 0 avatar
        OldManPants

        “I’m leaning towards Ferrari right now.”

        Aren’t your the same tjh8402 who was just lambasting the stupidity of buying expensive and unnecessary Expeditions?

        • 0 avatar
          Corey Lewis

          Uh oh! Someone’s paying attention on their vacation days.

        • 0 avatar
          tjh8402

          I am. However, this hypothetical included a key element that made me say Ferraris – “unlimited funds”. My comments on the Expedition were assuming real money was being spent. I also said the Expedition was overpriced and that most buyers didn’t make use of its capabilities, but not that it was a pointless vehicle that was useless. Clearly, for the small number of people who make use of its capabilities (regularly hauling 7 people and all their stuff while towing a heavy trailer), it makes good sense and is worth the expense. If I had a Ferrari collection, I would not just drive them to the local starbucks and back.

  • avatar
    raph

    Ford – several Mustangs, a few super cars and gaggle of other models.

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