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.
1987 Ferrari F40
I’d want it simply because it was released in my birthyear. It was the last car that was built under the supervision of Enzo Ferrari before he died. With it, he wanted to make a statement and push the boundaries of supercars. And he did. When it was launched as the successor to the Ferrari 288 GTO in 1987, the F40 was the fastest and most powerful Ferrari on sale. Power came from a 2,9-litre V8 and delivered over 350 kW.
A high-performance, two-seater, mid-engined sportscar? “Never,” said Lamborghini big boss, Ferruccio Lamborghini. But the guys in the engineering team were feeling slightly rebellious and decided to build one in their spare time. The car would eventually become the Lamborghini Muira and it’s where supercars started. When it was launched, it was the fastest production road car available. I’d love to show this car off if I had it in my garage. I’m assuming, of course, that because I have a lavish garage, I also have very good insurance that will cover all costs should anything (gulp) happen to my precious possessions.
I’ve mentioned before that I have a thing for old performance Audis. I’m trying to keep my list as varied as possible, so I’ll choose the Quattro this time round. It was born in the 1980s and its performance numbers were something of a phenomenon. The 1983 Sport Quattro pushed out 225 kW and 350 N.m. It has a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 4,8 seconds, which is quick even by today’s standards.
Abarth 500 Tributo Ferrari
I have a soft spot for Fiat’s 500, and now that Abarth has fettled with it I like it even more. The claimed performance figures for the Tributo Ferrari is 0-100 km/h in 7,0 seconds and a top speed of 225 km/h. It’s small, it’s light, it’s fun to drive and it’s quick. It’ll be a hoot driving this to the shops, plus it’s dynamic enough to tackle a mountain pass.
Ford Mustang – first-generation
I’ll probably get some flack for this, but anyway. I like old American cars. I probably first took note of American cars before I paid attention to European cars. I blame the movies. If given the option, I’d love to have the first-generation Ford Mustang in my collection. It was the start of the “pony car” as we know it and was a huge success for Ford. It oozes old-school cool.