If there’s one single thing that virtually everybody dreams about, it’s winning the lottery. You can walk down almost any street in the land, knock on anybody’s door, ask them what they’d buy if they were to win the lottery, and they’ll recite a list of high-end products effortlessly.
For petrolheads however, this list consists of cars, cars, and more cars. The amount of cars would, of course, depend on how offensively large the win is; after all, not all lottery jackpots are created equal. It would also depend on whether you could go absolutely insane and buy that Koenigsegg or Bugatti you’ve worshipped. But despite that omission, we still have a list of cars we’d buy should our numbers come up.
In the course of a supercar shopping spree, you have to start somewhere with a first purchase. Sometimes, this can be the most wanted hypercar, or perhaps the most logical choice for a first buy. And if you were to really think about it, the first lottery car perhaps wouldn’t be what the dream would insinuate.
For me, the first car I’d buy after winning would be a Ford S-Max Vignale. That’s not a joke - I’m serious. Think about it, you’ve just won the lottery. Your life has been turned upside down for the better. And all while this is going on, the local drug dealer is looking for obscenely expensive things he can rob in order to fund his habit.
In my area, having anything moderately posh on your driveway would result in you having your door taken off its hinges by 5 masked crackheads. A few years ago, a lady a couple of doors up from me fluttered her fake eyelashes in the direction of a Premiership footballer, which resulted in the pair entering a relationship. In order to flaunt her new-found wealth, she thought it’d be a good idea to park her fella’s Bentley Continental GTC on her driveway. The night she parked it there was the night it was stolen. She then replaced it with his Porsche Cayenne Turbo. And that was stolen too. The phrase “this is why we can’t have nice things” comes to mind.
An S-Max wouldn’t be flashy, but particularly in Vignale spec, it would still enable me to comfortably run all the various errands I’d need in order to move house. Once I’d found and moved into that house, I’d give the S-Max to my uncle, and buy a Range Rover - Supercharged V8 petrol, with a tanned interior, and not an ounce of wood in sight. Then, I’d drive straight to the Porsche dealership and buy a 911 GT3 Touring Pack; after which, I’d be off to add a Lamborghini Huracan Performante to my collection.
From my perspective, it’d be wise to ensure you had a suitable abode before filling your modest suburban driveway with exotica. At the end of the day though, what a nice problem it’d be.
And now finally, to ask the question in the title of the article: if you’d just won the lottery, what would be the first car you’d buy? Let me know in the comments.
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