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 |  Dec 24 2012, 10:48 AM

10. Honda Odyssey


I want a Lotus 2-Eleven, a Ferrari 599XX, an Evora GTE and I’ve always wanted a Range Rover too. Sadly, even the garage in my dream world has rules and picking just 10 cars to fill it is as hard as choosing my favorite child. As a result, each of my Top 10 dream cars serves a special purpose, and none are quite so purposeful as a Honda Odyssey.

On a list you’d expect to find Lambos and Bugattis, mine starts with a minivan. Still, it’s the Bugatti of minivans, and with a $44,000 price tag the Touring Elite model is definitely more first class than coach.

And before you doubt my sanity, understand, I have kids.

It’s got more toys than any other and features that plenty of luxury cars would be jealous of. You say your $300,000 luxury limo has self-closing doors, a fridge and a TV in the back? So does the Odyssey. And you can watch two movies at the same time!

I thought about filling this spot with a Range Rover, but really, if you’ve got two little ones in booster seats like I do, the only thing that makes parenting easier than sliding doors is having grandparents to watch your kids.

 |  Dec 21 2012, 9:01 AM

1936 Ford Fordor sedan


 

It’s the sixth day of AutoGuide’s Dream Car Garage list. Now it’s Associate Editor Craig Cole’s turn to share his 10 favorite vehicles, an eclectic, unexpected rundown of cars and trucks.

Even though the 1936 Ford was a couple years too late to service gangsters like John Dillinger and the crime duet Bonnie and Clyde, it’s got the look of earlier models, with an upright grille, gracefully arching fenders and those all-important running boards. It’s a classic design from the most graceful period of automotive history.

Under the car’s double-hinged hood sits a 221-cubic-inch wonder, the world’s first mass-market V8 engine. Ford’s famous flathead delivered a full 85 horsepower and belted out the Depression-era’s greatest hit, a syncopated rhythm controlled directly by the driver’s right foot.

1936-Ford-Rear-Three-Quarter.jpgThat’s a laughably modest power rating by today’s standards, but Fords were the inexpensive performance cars of their era. Thanks to ample torque, low gearing and a curb weight that was considerably lighter than the competition, these cars were built to run. Advertised top speed was nearly 90 miles an hour. A terrifying figure for a car equipped with mechanically operated drum brakes.

When it comes to classic autos most people seem to prefer muscle cars. If they do have a soft spot for older iron they typically go for coupes or roadsters. Sedans – especially “Fordor” models – are almost sneered at, but I LOVE them, especially when equipped with suicide doors as this ’36. In fact I appreciate them so much I’m restoring one right now, so it’s mandatory to have an example in my dream garage.

Being an 80-year-old in a 28-year-old’s body goes a long way to explaining my affinity for ancient cars like this one, and you know something, it’s not always about performance…

 |  Dec 20 2012, 9:01 AM

10. 2014 Porsche Cayman S


Make no mistake, this IS as much of a bucket-list as it is a dream list of cars. I’ve yet to drive many of these sublime examples of motoring, but if I was ever given the opportunity, I’d jump at it,  potentially re-scheduling a birthday party, religious holiday or anniversary to get a chance behind one of these vehicles. If (or until) these opportunities arise, I’ll have to just dream.

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 |  Dec 19 2012, 3:32 PM

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.

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 |  Dec 18 2012, 2:01 PM

10. 2013 Mercedes-Benz G65


Day three of our Dream Car Garages series is brought to you by the wishful mind of Road Test Editor Richard Cazeau. First on his list, the Mercedes G65.

Why an SUV? Because it all about the “just in case” factor of: hauling in-laws, moving a buddy to a new apartment or a jaunt to Lake Tahoe. And since Land Rovers and Range Rovers are so played-out by Hollywood celebs, why not opt for a classic?

Why this SUV? Well, regular richies can have the G63 with its 544 hp twin-turbo V8. Instead, the not-sold-in-America G65 gets four more cylinders and makes an outrageous 612 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque! That’s why.

 

 |  Dec 17 2012, 12:01 PM

Final Bespoke Slant Nose Porsche 911


 

It’s the second day of AutoGuide’s Dream Car Garage list. This time News Editor Luke Vandezande compiled his list of the 10 cars, a word used loosely at points, that he would pick if money weren’t a factor.

Bespoke programs are wildly popular in the high-end car market, but this one-off from Porsche is probably one of the most interesting 911s to come from the Porsche factory.

SEE ALSO: Final Porsche Slantnose Defines ‘Factory Custom’

There isn’t another one like it. From the leather-backed gauges to the adjustable boost meter and limited slip differential and a six-speed manual transmission, this is what every Porsche product of the time should have been.

 |  Dec 14 2012, 9:31 AM

10. Honda Integra Type-R


Forget the 12 days of Christmas. This is the seven days of dream garages.

Trading partridges in pear trees for horsepower in sexy sheetmetal, starting today each AutoGuide editor will reveal their list of the 10 cars we’ll be asking Santa for this year, giving a little insight into our automotive preferences.

Now 10 may seem like a lot to have in a dream garage, but narrowing down the list is harder than you think. When you’re dreaming, you want to dream big – but when it comes down to it, you start to think hard about which cars you realistically want to have.

So to kick things off, my list starts off with a Japan-spec Honda Integra Type-R. I can already hear what you’re thinking, “Wait, what? A dream car list and one of them is a Honda?”

Well, you know the saying: You never forget your first love.

Powered by a high-revving 1.8-liter B-series engine, the Type-R is one of the most balanced, best-handling front-wheel drive cars ever made. Its rarity in America has turned it into a collectible, and finding a mint condition one in today’s market is nearly impossible.

In fact, finding a low mileage Type-R will cost you nearly what the vehicle’s MSRP was when it first came out – if not more. So why not the Acura model? Well, I’ve always had a soft spot for the design on the Japan-only front end on the Integra, it’s simply a design that can hold its own even with today’s modern cars.