What's the first car you'd buy after winning the lottery?

10 days ago


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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.

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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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  • Audi RS5

    5 hours ago
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  • Mk4 supra or r32 gtr

    14 hours ago
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  • This is actually pretty sensible advice. I'd probably stick to my daily initially and get the house sorted first. I'd want a 12 acre plot, then I'd build a 13 bedroom mansion with an indoor pool and a 16 car garage with a games room above. Once I'd got that sorted I'd start collecting the cars in DriveTribe Garage. The problem is the Porsche, I find it too hard to choose a 911 so I'd have to have a couple. Maybe a Targa 4S Manual, a Carrera 2S PDK and a GT3 RS manual Coupe?

    2 days ago
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    • I'm with you, one type of 911 just isn't enough. I'd even throw in a Cayman GTS track car.

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    • It’s a pity at the moment I can’t even afford ONE crappy 996 Carrera with 213,000 miles on the clock and no service history.... on a Cat C 😕

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  • Mmmm, it’s always a challenge when you have lots of lovers ahah

    Italy and especially Emilia-Romagna is the homeland of speed, however Japanes make it better so...

    RX7 13b engines

    Then a Europen car.... and as says Claudia Shiffer - it’s a German-

    BMW z1 (red!!)

    And, at last, even if I have others dream cars in my list, I would buy a car for my friend who really becomes crazy about it

    Nissan Skyline GTR 33 full black, no, midnight purple vspec

    3 days ago
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  • A D-type long nose Jag, to complement my 1963 series 1 fhc. Faster, lighter and perhaps, just perhaps even more beautiful than the E-type...

    Then a Lancia Flaminia Zagato, an absolute joy to drive and a drop dead gorgeous car. And a DB4GT...Zagato if I can find one.

    A Maserati 3500GT. Silver with blue interior.

    Oh, yes, as I hear the Germans also build cars as a cottage industry, a BMW 507. That is very high on the 'cool' scale.

    In the meantime, I'll keep my E-type, photographed yesterday morning as I was first to arrive in the vintage car park of The SPA 6 hours races.

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