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.
It’s the turn of the youngest member of our team, journalist Kyle Kock to give you a tour around his five-car fantasy garage. So far we’ve featured Hannes Oosthuizen, Mike Fourie, Peter Palm, Wilhelm Lutjeharms, Kelly Lodewyks and Terence Steenkamp.
Porsche 550 Spyder
I’m not the biggest Porsche fan, but here’s a car I would sell my left … for. The Porsche 550 Spyder was powered by a normally aspirated flat-four that spun up over 7500 r/min, and went on to clinch Porsche’s first major motorsports victory – a win at the Targa Florio in 1956. It was simple-looking but beautiful, and featured state-of-the-art lightweight construction. Also, American actor James Dean owned, and raced one – eventually dying behind the wheel of his “Little Bastard.“ I’ll have mine in silver please, with the numbers #130 painted in black.
Toyota 2000 GT
The Asian answer to the equally sexy Jaguar E-Type, the 2000 GT was also Toyota’s first swing at the sportscar segment. The world got its first look at the little coupe when it starred in a James Bond film – driven by one of 007’s accomplices in You Only Live Twice. The two made for the film were roofless, to allow for Sean Connery’s lanky frame to fit in comfortably. A total of 337 coupes were produced. How’s that for Japanese exclusivity?
Chevrolet Chevelle SS
One phrase describes this big-block, big-torque bruiser – the ultimate muscle car. Way back in 1970, Chevrolet’s undercover Corvette would’ve left long black strips on the streets with in excess of 600 N.m of torque being sent to the narrow rear rubber.
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
I’ve been obsessed with this vehicle ever since playing Need for Speed 4 on my buddy’s PlayStation in the sixth grade. It is probably the wildest homologation special ever to grace our racetracks and roads. At its heart lies a 6,9-litre V12 very close to race spec (how does a potential 470 kW and 780 N.m of torque sound to you?). Only 26 were ever built for road legal use. Six of those were roadsters and only two were built as RHDs. The Sultan of Brunei wet his pants and ordered two.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
This marvel is to motoring what Concorde was to aviation. Anyone who doesn’t desire a Veyron either has no pulse or the spine for 430 km/h. I have both, and I‘d want to do 400 km/h on four wheels at least once before I kick the bucket.