The 10 Car Perfect garage - Building The Dream
Being able to own too many cars is the most fantastic problem you could have. Happily, there's a solution: the 10 car perfect garage. Here's mine...
Not all that long ago, the process of recording television programs was a rather inconvenient affair. The whole palaver would first begin by sifting through a number of video tapes in order to find one that you could use safe in the knowledge that you weren't recording over an episode of Dallas your mother had been saving.
Once you'd established this, you then had to apply a puzzled expression to your face as you stared at the video trying to estimate whether there was a sufficient amount of tape left to capture all of your recording.
In order to record something on VHS, you'd have to be present when the program began – which inevitably lead to missed telly whenever you went on holiday. And then, pressing the record button set a timer of either 30 minutes, an hour, or so on. And if the show you wanted was 65 minutes long, then bad luck, because you'd have to set the recording for an hour and a half.
Of course, all this went out the window if the first thing you did was walk into the living room to the sound of "for fuck's sake, I'm trying to watch Bullseye 'ere!" because whatever you recorded, you also had to watch. In the days of VHS, watching one thing and recording another was just a pipedream up there with hoverboards and flying cars. But fast-forward a couple of decades, and things couldn't be more different!
Nowadays, recording all the TV you could ever possibly want is about as convenient as it can possibly be. Not only can you watch and record multiple things, but when you press record, it only records the program you want. Not to mention the fact that you can select to record entire seasons from the get-go and never miss one. And if that wasn't enough, you can do all of this from your phone, miles away from your TV.
The convenience of today's recording systems has also brought about one rather vexing problem: it enables us to film more TV than we could ever have the time to watch. While a 500GB HDD does have the capacity to store much East-Arguers and Britain's Run-Out-Of Talent, a few selections of the "Record Whole Series" option later, and you're staring down the barrel of 3% disk space.
Believe it or not, this phenomenon also can apply to the world of cars – especially if you're particularly affluent.
Imagine for a moment you had the money required to buy as many cars as you wanted. While that dream may have made you zone out into a bit of a trance – and understandably so – if you were left to roam free with a bottomless bank balance, you'd soon find yourself overloaded with more machinery than you'd be able to drive, let alone upkeep.
There is however a solution to this absolutely fantastic problem: the 10 car perfect garage! By limiting yourself to just 10 cars – which is still a lot, but if you could afford it, it's not too much – you'd be able to enjoy every single one of them, and be able to collect a mightily complete selection of machinery, ticking every automotive box you could fathom.
If then you were given the opportunity to arrange your own perfect 10 car garage, what would you have in it? Well, I asked myself that very same question, and this is what I came up with...
You could say that the Chiron is the most obvious and unimaginative pick for a dream garage – but if someone gave you an unlimited automotive budget, you'd be a fool not to seize such a magical opportunity.
Connected along a legendary bloodline of pure perfection, the Chiron fits nicely into the unique genre that was crafted by the Veyron before it, purely because of its extraordinary spectrum of abilities. There is truly nothing else out there that brings together such extreme quantities of speed, handling, fun, engagement, luxury, comfort, soul, and docility. Absolute practicality aside, it's faultless!
Range Rover Autobiography:
The most comfortable I have ever been in my entire life was when I was sitting proudly at the helm of a Range Rover. It possesses a level of comfort that has to be felt to be believed. It is the ultimate expression of a "workhorse" in the entire automotive realm.
The Range Rover is a car that could complete every task you could ever ask of it. No matter what job you require of its skills, it would accomplish it with ease! And in Autobiography spec, with a 510bhp supercharged V8, it's also jolly fast!
Aston Martin Gt8:
The GT8 is an ineffably special thing, and potentially one of the very last truly analogue performance cars. A naturally aspirated 4.7L V8 with 440bhp, hydraulic steering, and a 6 speed manual gearbox combine to deliver one of the most engaging performance cars of the modern era.
The stunning looks of the standard Vantage are accoutred with racy violence – like Margot Robbie wielding a chainsaw. It's an outer anger that is replicated in the soundtrack, which sits at a level of such brutal insanity, its fury reaches well beyond any descriptive power. As a pure sports car, the GT8 would be my weapon of choice.
Aston MArtin Vanquish S Volante:
The existence of the DB11 has been enough to make people question the relevance of the new Vanquish S. After all, they both possess 600 horsepower, and they're both comparably fast. But while the DB11 is a Twin-Turbo GT designed to make the journey down to Monaco more bearable, the Vanquish S is a normally aspirated Super-GT, designed to make the journey more exciting, without skimping on the comfort.
The Volante brings the extra luxury of a retractable roof, which is an option I've never favoured many other cars. For the Vanquish S however, the added beauty and open-air enjoyment it offers over the Coupe is too alluring to ignore.
Singer 911 Targa:
Credit: Singer's Website
In these times of great innovation, it's Restomods like the Singer that keep purity alive. And with their take on the 964 Targa, beauty, performance, purity, and heritage have been brought together in a seamless chunk of unrivalled excellence.
The 4L NA Cosworth Flat-6 at the back is good for at least 390bhp, and according to Singer, that's enough to get the car from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds, and 0-100mph in 8.2. But the outright performance isn't the most impressive thing about it. For it is an instrument of total sensory pleasure.
The shiver that runs deep into the heart of your being as a result of the noise; the way your nerve endings dance with joy upon feeling the tactility of the steering; the delicious way in which swapping cogs transmits pure satisfaction directly up your arm and into your soul. It all culminates to create one of the most special things every put on wheels.
Eagle Spyder GT:
Credit: Motor Trend
The Eagle is rather similar to the Singer in that it was born out of an undying passion for a particular car – in this case being the forever bewitching E-Type Jaguar. And just like Singer, the Eagle is arguably even more beautiful than the car it is based on.
Using an aluminium 4.7L Straight-6 from the Jaguar XK, the subsequent 330bhp is enough to get the GT from 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, and onto a top speed of 170mph. Not that the performance is what matters, because like anything Eagle does, the Spyder GT is simply a means to test your own ability to produce copious amounts of drool.
The attention to detail in this car really should be delivered with a warning about the dangers of dehydration when in its presence. It sits in a league of only the most special machines that can define the love of cars better than any others.
Renault 5 Turbo:
Credit: Classic Driver
The 5 Turbo is evidently the most humble car on this list. But being humble doesn't for one moment mean it skimps on its ability to excite you upon taking it for a drive.
I consider a great driver's car not as something that can be quantified by the elements that make it – but something that makes you want to get in, and just drive it for the job of driving until you've run out of country.
It may only have a 1.4L turbocharged engine with 158bhp, but considering that engine sits in the inflated buttox of the car, and it sends its power to the rear wheels, back in the 1980's it played the part of baby Porsche 930 to perfection.
Aston Martin One-77:
Credit: Aston Martin's Website
I know, another Aston – but I can't help it if they make great cars!
The One-77 is arguably the only front engined hypercar ever made. With a 7.3L naturally aspirated V12 producing 750bhp, 0-60mph whizzes on by in 3.5 seconds, and Aston stopped bothering to measure the top speed beyond 220mph. In the pre-Valkyrie era, this is the ultimate Aston!
That ultimate-Aston status does of course incur an ultimate price-tag. When it was new, the One-77 would've cost you £1.2 MILLION, but if you want one nowadays, you'll be lucky to get any change from £3,000,000!! As much as that is, the specialness that drips from this car's every orifice makes it worth every penny.
Ferrari 288 GTO:
For me, there's something about the 288 GTO that makes it just that little bit more desirable than an F40. I know that's probably enough to get me lynched in some parts of the internet – but that's how it is!
Not only is it gorgeous to look at – but it provides sufficient amounts of turbocharged-hooliganry as well. The 2.9L Twin-Turbo V8 is good for 400bhp. Add a manual gearbox into the equation, and enough lag to keep your arse tightly squeezed into the shape of a cat's nose, and you have one of the most electrifying cars ever made – purely because it has the power to scare the living shit out of you!
Credit: Lexus's Website
Finally, my 10 car perfect garage wouldn't be complete without the Lexus LF-A.
To me, the LF-A is the greatest driver's car ever to be fitted with a paddle shift gearbox. Yet what defines it as that isn't something tangible that can be written on paper for the world to understand – it's the intangible that has to be felt, and heard.
The 4.8L normally aspirated V10 screams its way to 9,000rpm, and delivers its 552bhp in conjunction with one of the all time greatest automotive soundtracks. Beyond the performance credentials however, it's the overall feel of the thing that makes it a truly wonderful machine.
This was a car that Lexus chiseled away at until perfection was accomplished, with any standard less than that – no matter how slight – being seen as sub-standard. It's this attitude that reverberates through not only the entire car, but also every sensation it imbues in you.
So, that's my 10 car perfect garage. Do feel free to share what yours would be in the comments!!
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