Every car fan has played this game. Close your eyes and image that you are walking towards a building with five closed garage doors. It can be any building, old or new, but the important thing is that it is yours and, as such, the contents of said garage is also yours. Five doors, five cars. So, with price or availability not in the equation, which cars would you have hidden behind each door?
In this new series, each member of the CAR team will take you on a tour of their ultimate fantasy garage. Each to their own, as they say, but the beauty of this thing we call the car game is that no two garages are likely to be the same and everyone loves a particular car for a different reason.
Pagani Zonda 760 HP
Years ago, when Horacio Pagani started work on his Pagani supercar, Lamborghini offered him several millions as this Italian manufacturer was busy developing the Diablo’s replacement. Horacia decided not to sell, and the Zonda was born, a childhood dream of his. In recent months, the ultimate version of this hypercar has seen the light. Called the Zonda 760 RS, it is the most powerful version yet of the Zonda. The RS is the initials of its owner, and the next one will be called the 760 LH, as Lewis Hamilton has ordered one. The Zonda, for me, is on another playing field than Ferrari and Lamboghini, and apart from the detail and craftsmanship, driving one of these must be one of life’s ultimate four-wheel experiences. Oh, and I will call mine the 760 HP, using the initials of its maker as well as indicating the horsepower.
Porsche 996 GT3
A car I haven’t had the privilege to drive, but only been a passenger in. The 996-generation 911 Porsche was the first water-cooled example of Porsche’s iconic range. This GT3 laid the foundation for some of the most focused drivers’ cars we have ever seen. Although the latest GT3 RS 4.0 is the closest to a road going racecar Porsche has ever built, I will be happy with the pioneer.
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
It is a car Ferdinand Alexander Porsche designed, in the same period he pinned the lines for what would become the legendary 911. Powered, originally, by a modest 2,0-litre flat-four engine developing 114 kW at 6 900 r/min, later versions featured a 911-derived flat-six. The simplicity of the design and the fact that it was one of Porsche’s first mid-engined cars are all factors that contribute to its desirability. Watch this video where Walter Röhrl makes the car dance.
This is a car that mixes classic lines with modern looks perfectly. I can’t better sum it up than quoting another motoring journalist’s words: “It is one of those cars you can easily see Audrey Hepburn step out off.” That pretty much sums it up for me.
MV Agusta F3 ‘Serie Oro’
I picked it during our recent “We’ve Got R250 000 Burning a Hole In Our Pockets…” blog, and I simply desire this MV on the same level as almost all of the above. It is simple really … just look at it!