It’s time for the Price Game! So here’s the scenario. You’ve just won the lottery, but you’re being smart with the money. You want to buy every car in sight, but you know a few million doesn’t go that far these days, so better to invest most of it and keep the money coming in over time. To quench your spending thirst, you set aside an even $1,000,000 to play around with, and set your garage up in a manner that befits the new you.
There is also another catch, though. You want to be sure that you actually use all of the cars you buy on a weekly basis, so you elect to by exactly seven cars to play with… one for each day of the week.
So, going around to the various car-selling websites, how would you fill your seven garage slots?
Give your picks in the comments, and check out our selections below!
2014 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – $355,000
Front-engine V12 Ferraris are my favorite, and the F12 Berlinetta is the latest, and in many ways the greatest. It is the epitome of modern supercar technology, packaged as a Grand Touring car, but with insane supercar performance.
2010 Porsche 911 (997) GT3 – $130,000
I forewent the GT3 RS models for the normal 997 GT3 because it’s a little more well-rounded for street use. Possibly the ideal Porsche experience, it’s a hardcore 911 experience with refinement present where you’d want it. These have been going up in value, and until Porsche brings a manual back to the new GT3, I don’t see values going down. It’s good this car would appreciate because that will cover the extra traffic tickets I’ll get just from driving a bright yellow Porsche.
2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP-570-4 Performante (Manual) – $230,000
What a find! The LP-570 is the greatest Gallardo, and it’s always nice to lose the roof on the street. But this Spyder Performante also happens to have a manual transmission on top of all that. Talk about a safe investment, and it’ll be great for driving an open top supercar!
1969 Plymouth GTX Convertible (Manual) – $58,000
I figured I had enough flashy speed, so I wanted to add something that was more of a cruiser. I went for a muscle car because that’s what they really are here in 2015, stylish cruisers. It’s got plenty of punch from its 440ci V8, sure, but it’s huge, and all I really want the power for is to spin the wheels. The Plymouth GTX also has a nice big back seat, so you can bring along 5 people comfortably.
1971 Mercedes 280 SL (Manual) – $68,000
I also wanted a fun roadster that was slower and wouldn’t get me arrested. The budget here was too high to simply get a Miata, so I went classic and classy, and got myself a ’71 Mercedes 280 SL. Surely a fun car with style!
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan (Manual) – $72,000
With all the attention-grabbers, I wanted something that was fast and fun, but a bit more incognito. Enter the Cadillac ATS-V Sedan, which could be a secondary daily driver as well. A simple tune on its twin turbo V6 will get it over the 500hp mark, and it supposedly has a better chassis than a BMW M3. Either way I love the ATS, and I want this most badass version in my life.
2016 Audi A6 TDI – $81,000
This is the daily driver, a fully loaded diesel Audi A6. I didn’t want the A7 because it was too flash, and I didn’t want the A8 because it was too big. The A6 is a beautiful, yet subtle car, and I love it. The TDI diesel can see over 800 miles per tank, do nearly 40 MPG, and can go 0-60 in around 5.5 sec. That sounds like an ideal daily driver to me, especially when you factor in its all wheel drive capabilities in bad weather. Yes, it’s nice to have something a little more mundane when you just want to get around without any fuss.
1. 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat (Manual): $63,875
I didn’t realize how difficult it was to find a Hellcat without a dealer markup in a color I wanted. Luckily, I don’t give up. I grabbed this as the first car on my list for one important reason–707hp for five figures. Unlike the Charger, this has a manual transmission, so I give up some practicality for more fun factor. This is my modern muscle car–a straight line missile to represent the Stars and Stripes that will always start right up in the morning.
2. 2014 BMW M235i (Manual): $41,950
I need a daily driver, so let’s get that out of the way right now. The M235i is in a class of sub-3 Series sized German sedans with performance credentials and happens to not only be the only RWD contribution, but also the only one that I can find in my budget, new or used. This one, like the Hellcat, is a manual transmission model and it’s packing the twin-scroll single turbo I6. It’ll be fun to drive this car to work and it blends in well with traffic in New Jersey (there are many BMWs here, but we all know that), but it’s also a blast for back roads.
3. 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR: $122,700
When it starts to snow, or when I want to go on a long road trip with some people other than myself and my parrot, I think this will do nicely. It’s packing the same 550hp supercharged 5.0L V8 as the Jaguar XJR I drove back in August 2013, which was one of the best large cars I’ve ever driven–so add AWD and a Range Rover body and I get an SUV with a missile living in it. Unlike a lot of cars that I happen to enjoy, this one looks great in white and will be like a hidden polar bear in the snow. Once winter hits, this truck with snow tires will be almost unstoppable.
4. 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible (Manual): $99,000
I’m a muscle car junkie, and here is where my fix will come from. The 1970 Plymouth Satellite and its Road Runner series is probably my favorite Chrysler product of the era, and that this is a real Road Runner convertible is just what I want. It’s also the prototypical color for a great early Seventies Mopar–bright purple. It’s packing a 528-cubic inch Hemi crate engine, and a five-speed manual for easy highway cruising. It’s for picking up women at the beach, it’s for cruising the main drag at night, and it’s for hitting the drag strip and classic car shows all summer long. But, it’s also the car to do luscious burnouts in.
5. 2015 Rolls-Royce Wraith: $334,550
I drove one of these a few years ago and loved it. The Wraith is an exquisite automobile that is on par with the best the world has to offer in terms of personal transportation. However, I needed something that could beat out the blue they showed it off in when I first drove it. This dark red finish, with the matching interior, gives me the classy look I desire, and the quality of construction is befitting of a man who just won big in the Lotto. This is for ferrying high-powered people around town, going to Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn for dinner with someone special, and for parking at the golf course while I (try to) beat everyone on the back nine. It’s for entertaining, and for sticking up a single finger at the rest of the world. It’s an “F.U. I’m Rich” car.
6. 2014 Ferrari 458 Spyder: $329,900
Finally, a supercar. Two years ago, I drove a 458 Italia in Las Vegas on the track and said to my brothers, to Nick, to anyone who would listen to me, that it was the best chassis I had ever experienced, without any question. Nothing has come close to standing my hair on end–and then Ferrari Sawzalled the roof off, and painted this one the same color as the wine I drank with my expensive lunch later that day in Vegas (I had a lot of wine after driving this car). This is for the summer days when it’s gorgeous out, and when it’s a perfect day to hit the mountain passes at 100+, while enjoying the luscious Italian leather and screaming V8 a few inches behind my head.
7. 1996 Mazda Miata MX-5 M-Edition (Manual): $7,995
And here we hit the last car on my list–the bargain-hunter car. It’s not a bargain, but it’s not bargain basement, and it’s by far the best Miata I’ve seen for the money. It’s an NA model, just like the one I have right now, but it’s got the 1.8L engine, a Torsen, and a hardtop. It’s the rare M-edition with Starlight Blue paint, a rather collectible car that could just go up in value over time. It’s for showing at club events, and for driving to work when I just want to let my hair down and have some fun.
So, hit the comments! What would you chase after for your dream garage? Let us know!
-Nick Walker and Albert S. Davis
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