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.
To date we’ve featured Hannes Oosthuizen, Mike Fourie, Peter Palm, Wilhelm Lutjeharms, Kelly Lodewyks, Terence Steenkamp, Kyle Kock, and Sudhir Matai. We kick off this week with our favourite road-test assistant, John Naude.
Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
With a claimed top speed of 399km/h the Saleen is still one of the fastest cars in the world today. On looks alone this car is one of my all-time favourites. The fact that it’s got a twin-turbocharged 7,0-litre Ford 427 V8 engine, producing 746 kW aslo helps get it into my good books.
Best known for its four consecutive victories at the 24 Hours Le Mans, the Ford GT40 is easily one of my all-time favourites. The most recent incarnation is even more powerful, producing 410 kW and capable of a claimed top speed of 341 km/h.
Named after the founder of the Maranello-based company, the Enzo is the best Ferrari ever built. Only 349 units were made and the Enzo requires just 150 milliseconds to shift from one gear to another. The engine is a 65-degree V12 and the car boasts a Nurburgring lap time of 7m25,21.
1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429
This is simply a must-have car. I grew up around one and it’s just the coolest muscle car of all time. The origin of the Boss 429 comes about as a result of NASCAR. Ford was seeking to develop a HEMI engine to compete against Chrysler’s famed 426 HEMI in the Sprint Cup Series. In order to comply with homologation rules, Ford had to fit the engine to at least 500 road-going models and the Mustang was selected for the task. Although for insurance and legal reasons dealers rated the power output at a conservative 280 kW, the true figure was reportedly closer to 370 kW.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SV
Introduced towards the end of the Murcielago’s lifespan the SV (SuperVeloce) variant is more extreme and track-orientated version of this already impressive machine. 493 kW, 663 N.m with a top speed 342 km/h and a 0-100 km/h time of 2,9 seconds. It even pops out flames on downshifs. Only 186 LP 670-4s were produced before the factory had to make room for the new Aventador production line.