3 Car Garage - Lockdown Lusting
Car buying apps find work for idle hands
It's been 5 months since I packed up all my kit at my office and moved into the study at home to continue my day-job under the government social distancing guidelines and despite being equally as busy as I was at the companies main office, the extra time I am saving by not having to sit in traffic twice a day has given me a great opportunity to browse the various online ads and fall in love with some wonderful cars I'll probably never be able to buy. Here are the 3 cars that I can't stop thinking about at the moment:
RANGE ROVER Vogue
Let's start off with an easy one and *hopefully* one that may even find its way into my life in the future. The Range Rover Vogue. The L405 Range Rover has now been with us for 8 years and we are due a new generation soon. This is great news if you are looking to buy the most loved and best luxury 4x4 every built. Early 2012 models are currently starting sub-£20k, but they are more than likely to be private sales with high miles, but for around £25k you can find a clean, well-kitted 4.4 SDV8 Vogue with most of the toys. Just make sure everything works and it's been properly looked after. Dodgy electrics can come back to haunt you if you're not careful, and they aren't exactly "cheap" to fix. They are, however, wonderful to drive and live with. Plus, if you really want to go mad, you can push it to the limit and actually take it off the beaten path. Unlike many of its rivals, the Range Rover was designed first and foremost to be extraordinary on and off the road.
Rolls Royce Ghost
To many, Rolls Royce is synonymous with ultimate wealth and the coveted Spirit of Ecstacy is often considered to be completely out of reach by the masses. However, with word of a new Ghost on its way in the latter part of 2020 and the current Ghost being in production since 2010, an early pre-facelift model with reasonable mileage and a solid history can be on our driveway for around £70,000. That's less than a new Audi Q7! You can live out your wildest fantasies of being billionaire land baron and waft about with absolute luxury for less than a third of the cost for a new one. And don't think it's just cigars you'll be smoking in this. The Ghost is based on a LWB BMW 7-series and is a lot more "driver-friendly" than you may think. I drove one around Goodwood Motor Circuit a few years ago and it was an absolute blast - but I'm not surprised with its 6.6-litre V12 pumping out 563bhp!
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
I have always been a sucker for the less obvious, less desired and somewhat dismissed and the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is probably the most understated machine to ever wear the prancing horse - it's also one of the most beautiful. Like most supercar manufacturers, it's the mid-engined and brightly coloured more shouty models that make it up on the bedroom walls and in the garages of footballers and celebrities. However, this subtle and discreet 2+2 is so much more than your regular grand tourer - after all, it is still a Ferrari! It's 5.7-litre V12 has 532bhp and its top speed is just shy of 200mph. That'll get you, your mates and your luggage down to the South of France in no time at all for that much needed holiday when this has all blown over... 612s are currently going for about £65k for an early car with the smaller wheels in a neutral colour - if you can, pay a bit more for a black or green model with the bigger wheels. In my honest opinion, it's stunning.