We all have our Ferrari/Aston Martin/Porsche/Cobra dream cars, but who among us will ever actually own one? Maybe some, but I think most of us will never have the money, or if we did might still be uncomfortable driving a car that costs more than most houses. With that being said, what are some cars that you dream about that you might actually get around to owning before you die?


The Alfa Romeo Spider (1983-93) Cheap ($5000) but as 100% Italian as any Ferrari, Lambo or Maserati. The engine is a small four cylinder, but has the same high-revving torquiness and throaty growl of the high-end Italians -- its almost as if a Ferrari V12 was cut into thirds. In addition, that handling is great (I've driven one) and the interior has all the classy-yet-trashy feel of classic Italians.

Toyota FJ-40 - The SUV from before SUV's lacked sport and utility. It gets reasonable mileage for an SUV, has serious off-roadability and reasonable towing ability, and has all the manliness of a hummer without the "Look at me, I'm driving a tank." See http://store.saddlebackleather.com for matching luggage.

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Huge thumbs up to the Alfa. In another forum topic somewhere on AOM I mentioned being caretaker for my brother's Alfa GTV 6. It was broken more often than it was operable, but when it was up and running, it was a f***ing rocket. MAN, that thing was awesome.
I'm seriously contemplating a 1930's Ford rat/hot rod. Ideally, I'd like to get a '32 highboy that isn't too cherry because I plan to drive it around here and there. I'm 45-60 minutes from some of the best wine areas in California and that car would be perfect for a little jaunt to Napa or the Sierra foothills.

Not a fully restored one, because that would obviously be out of reach....
That's an E-Type right?
Yes Sir
Nice. I thought I would be the only one to consider a Jag.
That's also my mother's dream car. "A '67 with the V12 and a cute mechanic to fix it." <== her exact words. When they're running good they're a dream. When they're running.
With a vehicle like the E-type, she would more or less need a full-time mech to be able to drive it.
Unfortunate that such a beautiful, curvy, flawlessly performing car was prone to so many mechanical and electrical issues.
Learned to drive a stick in a '69 XKE. Man I had one heck of a good neighbor who let a 14-year-old tool around a parking lot learning to drive.
A Caterham Seven:

Or, if I get a little more money, a Morgan ... don't really care about the exact model:

I had no idea that the Caterham was sold in the US, but it looks like it is. I see you're from the UK, so no big deal to you, but we in the US have been deprived of some of the best in hand-built sports cars for decades - TVR and others. Its a shame, but at least we can get both the Morgan and the Caterham, the later as a kit-car minus the engine.

Yeah, I am currently in the UK but I am from the USA; I will also be moving back there towards the end of the year, when I will need to buy a car ... which, if I am lucky, may even be one of these cars.

Don't be so sure about the TVR ... not exactly a well-built car ... just look at the Top Gear reviews of them. Also, I think that you can get a Caterham, complete with engine in the USA ... for some reason, I cannot get their website to work now.



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