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As Christmas grows closer, we here at AutoGuide can’t help but sit around and dream about parking some sizzling classics and mega-horsepower cars in our garages.
10. Dodge Magnum SRT8
Assembling a list like this is actually a hard thing to do. Surprising as that may seem, putting together the perfect combination of vehicles, imaginary as it may be, needs to be carefully assembled, thought through, with each option weighed and considered. So submitted for your reading pleasure, here is what my garage would look like, if I could have any vehicle I wanted.
It’s that time of year again, where the big collector car auctions get revved up for some serious gavel action in Arizona. RM Auctions, which this year is offering a whole fistful of vintage and classic British machinery, is also offering this, the very first Dodge Charger ever built.
Launched as a concept in 1964, it was based on the existing full-size Polara two-door, but was designed as a showcase for Chrysler’s then new Hemi V8, the all-conquering 426. The ’64 Charger was converted into a two seater, sporting a cut down roof with original Batmobile type pods for the driver and passenger, plus a notable absence of chrome (including the bumpers), special side scoops and unique Halibrand wheels.
However, because of high demand for those new Hemi V8s, especially in NASCAR, when the Charger concept actually made its debut, it was powered by a standard 383 cubic inch big block Polara V8, rated at 305-hp. It toured the show circuit for a year and was then acquired by a prominent Dodge dealer who passed it onto his son, who made some alterations to the car.
In 1999 it was acquired by noted dream car collector Joe Bortz who had it restored at no expense. In fact Bortz went a step further and had one of the original, hand built Hemi engines installed, thus creating the car’s ‘should have been’ original configuration.
In 2007 the car was purchased by collector John M. O’Quinn and now, following his death, is up for auction, along with other items from the O’Quinn estate. According to RM, the car will likely sell for between $750,000 and $1 million when it goes under the hammer later this month.
[Source: RM Auctions]
We’ll give German Tuner Xenatec this much: their Maybach 57S Coupe is pretty sweet. But they’ve now released five Photoshop rendering of what they consider their “dream cars.” Thankfully these are just concepts, because quite frankly we’re not too sure about the styling.
Let’s start with their Aston Martin hatchback/crossover. The rear end looks like it was literally copy/pasted from the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and well, let’s just say that 007 isn’t the first thing that popped up in our minds. Aston Martin has always had the intrigue and sophistication that comes with the world’s coolest spy. A soccer mom conversion to the Vanquish is simply sacrilegious.
Next up is the BMW 6-Series sedan. This one isn’t absolutely horrible (and surely better than the Aston Martin), but you have to admit that is looks really odd. Sedans going to coupes – like the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class – is a smoother transition, but after seeing the 6-Series as BMWs coveted sports coupe, it’s hard to imagine seeing it stretched and sporting another pair of doors. It’s just not sporty at the end of the day, but hey, it could grow on us.
The most interesting one of the bunch that we think would actually work is the Porsche pick-up truck. It’s no surprise that trucks are highly successful in the North American market, and even the Japanese have captured their fair share of the market. So why not a high-end European truck? Now it’d probably be a funny sight to see a lifted Porsche pick-up truck sporting really tall tires and chrome wheels. But it wouldn’t be the worst we’ve seen in our days. And besides, if the Cayenne is just a Touareg underneath, then why not a Porsche based on VW’s new Amarok.
The remaining two are rather realistic. The Porsche 911 sedan actually works in its own right, especially since we’ve been staring point blank at photos of the Panamera over the last year. In fact it’s almost like Porsche has brainwashed us that a Porsche sedan works. We have to admit, we’d love to rock one of those 911 sedans that they’ve rendered up. It’s got a Mercedes-Benz CLS-esque styling to it, remains sporty (unlike the BMW 6-Series sedan) and all in all doesn’t look entirely out of place.
Lastly the Bentley SUV actually fits. Much like Porsche’s Cayenne, a Bentley SUV would be highly successful, in our opinion of course, in the luxury market. Bentleys are known to be fantastic daily-drivers, offering comfort and performance in a finely balanced package. The Flying Spur is a great family car for those that can afford it. So quite honestly out of all these concepts, the Bentley SUV is at the top of our list of actually being successful.
Oh, did we say lastly? There’s also a stretched Audi SUV in the mix. But we’re sure you’ll understand why we didn’t really share our thoughts on it. It’d be a nice rental when cruising down the Las Vegas strip on your bachelor party weekend; but other than that, is there really a reason?
We’ll be more curious to see if Xenatec pursues any of these projects on their own. They clearly have the capabilities of doing it, but we can’t imagine it would be a sound investment if all of it came out of their own bank account. But hey, maybe Bentley and Porsche are taking notice.
[Source: Auto Express]
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