filed in Cars on Dec.24, 2011
Possibly the best car in the world? Not so sure, but my god it is close. Mercedes invented the motor car, and this is an example of one of their best! This is the transport of the worlds most powerful people, world leaders and monarchy, if its good enough for them, it’s good enough for me. Of course I have selected the V12 6.0 unit, but all of the engines are great, only the V12 is completely effortless and covers miles after miles near silently but with smooth serenity.
I would struggle to walk past the keys to the SL55, it is a true Jekyll and Hyde. With a supercharged V8 you can quietly move along without much fuss, radar guided cruise control set to the car in front, calmly on the heated leather which massage your back just the way you want, or you can get the top down so you can hear the glorious engine roar through the tarmac in an animal way. A great grand tourer, just the thing for everyday, or a blast to the Med.
This is an essential part of my dream garage, the Mini is a design icon, Ideally it will be a ’59 in mint condition. The design was perfect for the market, when soon after its introduction Britain was suffering from similar economic circumstances to the current climate, and fuel shortages. The mini was small, economical and with great packaging. Handling was one of mini’s best points, which made it great fun to drive, even though the little A-series engine did not have that much power.
Nissan Skyline 1993 R33
Many might be surprised this choice, it would appear to be a ‘boy racers’ choice, however this model is more than just that, more an engineering marvel. The Nissan has a turbo charged 2.5 litre straight six with four-wheel drive and active yaw control. This is the car I would use if you need to get somewhere quickly but safely. A great track car, but a great shape too, a performance powerhouse I’d teach overtaking on A roads in this car!
A car that’s shape has not changed for decades, some love it, some hate it. Although it is not my all time favorite, it is certainly deserves a place in my dream garage. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful shape, and dynamically is great fun to drive. A great concept of rear engine, rear wheel drive, gives great traction. The picture above is one of my favorite, a complete classic design, in its purest form.
Rolls Royce Silver Cloud
The Mercedes S600 is said to be the greatest car in the world, well really it’s the Silver Cloud. In my opinion the last of the ‘real’ Rolls, built like what seems solid granite this car was tested within an inch of its life, was hand finished to the highest possible quality. Robust and supreme luxury where you were told that you could hear the clock ticking at motorway speeds. Its beautiful lines won many hearts, truly a motoring icon. I would take it out of the garage for family events and long cruises for its effortless beauty and luxury.
Swedish design, but not flat packed. Comfortable, quick, sporty and reliable the discerning gentleman’s GTi. The 900 would come out in cold winter days with its heated leather seats and turbo whistling through rural roads, it would become dirty with mud quickly. The stunning silhouette, with great highlight along its waistline producing a purposeful sporty and sleek body shape. They are also built fairly well and have a quality feel.
Rally pedigree, bullet proof reliability and fabulous drive. This is the car for the weekend to blast down slippery winding roads with four wheel drive. I would be quite happy to settle for the standard 2.0 boxer engine without the turbo, quick an fun. It’s appeal is usually associated with boy/girl racers, but there is a good reason – it’s so damn good. For the advanced driver the engine and drive-chain is designed for squeezing every last drop of performance out of the drive. Yet I believe that the understated yet well proportioned body makes it just right for blending into daily traffic without much fuss.
Oak green, 16v 2.0 GTI. Absolutely perfect everyday car. A design classic, built so painfully well yet economical to run and great fun. What more can you ask for? The Golf would take pride of place in the garage, and would be polished and driven the most. The body is practical yet perfectly penned and still the inspiration for all GTi’s of the past and today. A fabulous drive and great workhouse.