After the popularity of the first Dream Garage post with a £100,000 budget, I've decided to follow it up with more of a test for the DriveTribe community.
This time I am tightening those purse strings a little and making you really budget and consider what you want in your garage.
This usually gets much more diverse and interesting results from you guys, so get your imaginations into overdrive. The DriveTribe office has turned into an all-out brawl.
Rule 1: You have to pick 3 cars
Three cars allow some flexibility. You can blow all of your money on one car, then have to buy two shitty cars, or you can space the money out evenly, leaving you with more choice for you daily driver.
Rule 2: The Budget
Last time I had complaints that I hadn't included certain currencies, so this time I've tried to include as much of the wider DriveTribe community as possible. Anyone unsure of your budget, use the normal exhange rate to £50,000
- $85,000 AUD
- $65,000 USD
- 830,000 Rand
In terms of the value of your choices, just try and go by the average prices on common car sales websites for a guide. I'll leave a bit of wiggle room as I know this might be a point of contention.
Rule 3: A realistic and diverse garage
OK, so this isn't really a 'rule,' but to keep the choice interesting, I'd like you to try and balance the three cars for real-world use. So, maybe one for cruising, one for fun and one for a special occasion. However, I can't tell you what to do here as it is your dream garage!
My £50,000 garage
Car 1: TVR Griffith 4.0 V8 - £17,000
I've started off following my heart. I know the TVR Griffith isn't going to be a daily driver, but it was my first though in this dream garage, and any argument against it can be drowned out by an almighty V8 ear-bashing.
For £17k, there is not much more fun to be had.
Car 2: BMW 635i Motorsport edition - £16,000
OK, I've splurged on the TVR, so I need something a bit more refined. I need something that I can turn up to anywhere and it'll fit right in. The BMW 635i is equally at home on the inner city streets as it is pulling up to a stately home.
It also provides the perfect vehicle for the long arduous drives with its GT skills.
£16,000 should be able to find a pretty good condition example.
Car 3: Subaru Impreza P1 Prodrive Ltd Edition - £16,000
I've got the convertible animal and the continental cruiser, now it is time for the daily B-road attack dog.
Has there ever been a better for, what I like to call, 'real-world' driving? The Impreza P1 not only looks stunning, but you can throw it around like a rag-doll and it will take it within its stride. If you were looking for the fastest car around some North Wales country roads then this is the car for you.
Prices increasing but they can still be found for reasonable money.
Once again, I found myself changing my mind at the last minute, but I'm happy with my choices. I subbed a Triumph TR6 out at the last minute for the TVR and I'm lacking a bit of 4x4. The Impreza can take me everywhere I need to go offroad though, just sideways...
Let me know your dream garages in the comments and I'll pick out my favourite in the coming weeks.