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 are also yours. Five doors, five cars. So, with price or availabilty 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.
We kick off the series with our editor, Hannes Oosthuizen…
The key word for me in this difficult task is “fantasy”. As a result I’m not going to limit myself by trying to be practical. I’m also not the greatest driver, so supercars are not really my thing. What I want is beauty and character. So the newest car on my list is a ’73 model (the Citroën DS Cabriolet).
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
Built in extremely limited numbers in the mid ’60s, this was essentially the roadgoing version of the marque’s endurance racers.In 1968 it was the most expensive car sold to the public – even more costly than the Lamborghini Miura!
Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Another Italian beauty styled by Pininfarina, I prefer the Lusso’s more elegant lines to those of the more bulbous 250 GT SWB and the immortal GTO. Steve McQueen owned one.
Citroën DS Cabriolet
I’ve always been a fan of the DS, and after a recent first drive, even more so. I’d settle for any DS to be honest, but the ultimate would have to be a Henri Chapron-built convertible.
Talbot-Lago T150 CSS Figoni&Falaschi
This 1938 beauty with Figoni&Falaschi coachwork is so curvaceous that it moved the great Jaguar designer, Sir William Lyons, to describe it as having “indecent lines”.
Maserati A6 GCS
Styled by Pininfarina and with a strong racing pedigree, the A6 GCS, in my opinion, has never had the recognition it deserves. Only four were apparently made!