Seven Days of Dream Car Garages: Day Seven by Colum Wood
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.
It’s the first Ferrari on my list, but it’s not the last. In fact, it’s not even for me.
I figure if I get 10 cars I should at least let my wife pick one. Realistically, she’ll be driving the Odyssey most of the time. When she’s not, Italy’s latest and greatest will be hers to tame.
With 730 hp it’s the most powerful series production Ferrari ever. It’s also a luxurious smooth cruiser – something she wanted.
The F12 has power, class and some seriously sexy curves. And if she has to take the kids to the doctors in the Odyssey… I’ll definitely grab the keys.
An icon of the Fast and Furious era, I almost bought an NSX once. Instead, I picked up an S2000. Every beautiful summer day I took it out I came across the same NSX and immediately realized I had made the wrong decision.
With unlimited funds, the NSX will be mine, and not just any NSX either. No, mine will be an NSX-R. An automotive superstar in any form, the Japan-only R weighs 265 lbs less, features new gearing for better acceleration, a track-tuned suspension and plenty of carbon fiber inside, including carbon-backed Recaro seats.
Of course, it has to be a first-generation model with the pop-up headlights. Specifically a 1994 model year car in Championship White. With just 483 ever made, it’s a genuine collector’s car, but I’ll drive it like I stole it.
The second Honda brand car on my list, it’s not the last one either.
Another car for the family, the Porsche Panamera GTS is for when the Odyssey just won’t do.
Originally a certified Panamera hater, after my first stint behind the wheel I was sold. With how much fun it is to drive you’d never know there was a back seat.
Forget the turbos, the GTS delivers its fun in a naturally aspirated V8 package with 430 hp and a 0-60 time of just 4.3 seconds.
I’ve even grown to love the look.
And being that it’s my dream, I’m going to custom-order a manual transmission.
Life in a dream world wouldn’t be complete without a convertible. Sure there are lots of amazing performance drop-tops, but to me, making a car heavier and ruining its structural rigidity by chopping the top off is just wrong. A convertible isn’t about going fast, it’s about soaking in the experience.
Rather than some butchered exotic, I want to cruise down the Pacific Coast Highway in the Cadillac Ciel concept.
A shockingly beautiful machine, it’s as unique as they come, especially being a four-seater, four door convertible.
It doesn’t even exist yet, but it will. Consider my pre-order placed for the 2014 Porsche GT3.
The current 997 GT3 is one of the most enjoyable cars money can buy, and after having driven the new 991 chassis in the form of a Carrera S, it’s clear just how good the 991 GT3 will be.
To give you an idea, the Carrera S is as fast around the Nurburgring as the current GT3, so the new one is certain to achieve next-level performance and fun. And considering how much easier the new 911 is to drive fast, you won’t have to be Walter Röhrl to make this baby fly.
A coachbuilt race car, this is an Aston Martin Vantage underneath and a custom body by Italian Zagato on top. Meshing aggression and Italian style it almost looks like a Nissan GT-R.
I’m not genuinely a fan of Zagato’s designs, often too classical in their style, but here it’s suitably modern.
Also, it’s not any Vantage, but the V12 Vantage, meaning that in place of the regular 4.7-liter V8 is a 5.9-liter V12 making 510 hp.
Certain to be a collectors car, it will stay in pristine condition and only come out for rare occasions, like hitting the track at Laguna Seca. Even 40 years from now I’ll take it to the Monterey Historics where those who know, will really know just how special this car is.
The Ferrari F40 is the first modern era supercar and looks it.
Distinctively a design of its times, the shape of the F40 is also timeless.
With a body made of carbon fiber and Kevlar, and even using carbon fiber composite for the structure, it’s essentially a road-going race car and has an engine to match. With a high-revving V8 displacing just 2.9-liters, it also uses two turbochargers to deliver 471 hp and pre-dates the era of sequential gearboxes, so it’s a classic 5-speed manual.
A car on my bucket list of drives, I’ve been told by those who have that it’s one of the most pure driving experiences ever engineered.
With exactly 1315 F40s ever made, this is certain to be one of the most collected and revered Ferraris, and cars, of all time.
Switching gears considerably, the CRX is the third and final Honda on my list of dream cars.
It’s also a car I’ve tried to buy several times in the past and every model I test drove or looked at was a heaping pile of rust.
It’s no NSX. Heck, it’s not even an S2000 or an Integra Type R. It is, however, an amazing driver’s car and dammit, I just love the way way it looks.
A bit of a Honda fanboy, I won’t stop there, however, dropping in a more powerful DOHC B16 engine, doing a mild suspension adjustment and slapping on some tasteful SSR Professors.
Easily the most beautiful car ever made, and it sounds as good as it looks, the Pagani Zonda R is no slouch either.
Taking the already amazing Zonda to a new extreme, the R model is a track-only supercar powered by a 750 hp twin-turbo 7.3-liter V12 engine. Weighing just 2,400 lbs, its chassis is made of carbon fiber, as is the entire body.
It will do 0-60 in just 2.7 seconds, but a true testament to its amazing performance comes in its Nurburgring lap time of just 6 minutes and 47 seconds. To give an idea, that’s a full 25 seconds faster than the nearest street legal car.
Only 15 Zonda Rs have ever been made and according to rumors I’ve heard the car comes with a special present too. Each December 25th, Horacio Pagani himself calls you up to personally wish you Merry Christmas.
And with a Zonda R in my garage, ever day will feel like Christmas.
With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. Find Colum on <a href="http://www.google.com">Twitter.</a>
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