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Fantasy Garage

February 6, 2013

Photography by Afshin Behnia

An authentic car-lover’s garage can come in many shapes and forms, ranging from the orderly chaos that gives Venisio’s garage its unique beauty and charm to the functional precision and efficiency of Jack Olsen’s 12-Gauge Garage, but in all cases garages reflect the owners’ character and their approach to creating the ideal workspace and home for their beloved machines.

Today we bring you a garage in Montecito, California, which displays no traces of any car enthusiast’s character and serves only as a space to showcase a handful of automobiles, but what a stunning showcase it is!  The space demands a certain caliber of machine to be worthy of being sheltered in this shrine.  On the day I visited the garage, four very special Alfa Romeos proudly occupied the space: a Giulietta SZ, a Giulia TZ, a Duetto, and the extremely rare, lust-worthy Tipo 33 Stradale.

Which four cars would fill the garage if this house were yours?

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5 years ago

Putting aside the fact that I love Alfa Romeos, I would do this:
1) Keep the 33
2) Mazda RX-7 (I already have this)
3) Ferrari 288 GTO
4) Lamborghini Miura

5 years ago

A dream space. If it were mine and I could have only 4 they would (currently) be:

Cav GT
McLaren F1
Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale 2016
Lamborghini Miura SV

Luis Sastre Pérez
Luis Sastre Pérez(@sastreperez-luis)
5 years ago

Amazing space, and place, what a collection. And my four:

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso
Jaguar E-Type Roadster 4.2 Series 1
Lamborghini Espada III Manual
Bentley Continental S1 Fastback

Sam N
Sam N(@samson518)
5 years ago


Daniel W. Kemp
Daniel W. Kemp(@dkempok)
6 years ago

The Stradale is hard to beat but my 4 would be eclectic
37 Cord
Maserati Tipo 61
Lotus 30
BMW 507

Josh Bloomquist
Josh Bloomquist(@mejoshb)
6 years ago

My four:

E24 B7S Turbo Coupe
M1 Group 4 Warhol
Morgan 3 Wheeler
Aston Martin Lagonda

6 years ago

The combination of modernist architecture and classic Alfa Romeo machines is a perfect fit. Stunning.

Mark Richards
Mark Richards(@markricho78)
6 years ago

That Alpha is one of the most beautiful machines I have ever seen

Al lostpassages
Al lostpassages(@lostpassages)
6 years ago

Mesmerizing garage Цвето М.

Ferrari 275 GTS
Ferrari 250 SWB
Ferrari F40
Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV

6 years ago

Like your thinking! I have an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV Coupe (1972). A fun car but would love a Ferrari to sit along side her.

Lexter Tapawan
Lexter Tapawan(@tapawanl)
6 years ago

What a collection!

For my garage, the 4 would be:
-1973 Alpine-Renault A110
-1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Coupe
-1993 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v Evoluzione II
-1998 Subaru Impreza STI 22B

Honorable mention – I’d also take a 1994 Defender 90 in a diesel. Thanks. 🙂

Gerard Kassabian
Gerard Kassabian(@gkassabian)
6 years ago


Ollie Streek
Ollie Streek(@olliestreek)
6 years ago

– F40
– 250 GTO
– 458 Speciale
– Miura

Andrew Golseth
Andrew Golseth(@andrew-golseth)
6 years ago

It’s missing a Scalino, but I [i]suppose[/i] the 33 Stradale makes up for it.

Tariq Damati
Tariq Damati(@fb_10207443586423574)
6 years ago

Extremely difficult to lower it down to 4 but here it is:

1956 Maserati 450S Chassis #2
2006 Spyker C8 with the original steering wheel
2016 Maserati GranTurismo Sport(but with MC front bumper)

Jarrod H
Jarrod H(@derelict)
6 years ago

1. ~1985 Toyota Hilux dual cab – Utility, wheeling, and camping
2. Ginetta G4 FHC – Track day fun
3. 1984 Range Rover – Comfort, wheeling, and camping
4. Edsel Fords 1934 Model 40 Special Speedster – Every garage needs a boat tail

Samik Mukherjee
Samik Mukherjee(@la-dolce-vita)
6 years ago

Why only four when there is space for more 😉 ?
Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale
Ferrari 250 GT Tour De France
Aston Martin DB4 GT
Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America

Michael Roblin
Michael Roblin(@michaelspeed)
6 years ago

1966 Ferrari 275GTB
1974 Ferrari 246 GTS
1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB
1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

It looks like there is room in the garage for more cars!

Brandon Rials
Brandon Rials(@blr)
6 years ago

69 Shelby GT350 Sportsroof SCCA B Production Race Car
69 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinette Competizione
70 Lamborghini Miura P400 Jota (Bertone)
74 Porsche RSR 3.0 Carrera Coupe

6 years ago

I probably have a small ambition. If I had to take just four cars, I’d take the following:
Fiat 500 (original one, of course)
Mini Cooper 998cc
Renault R8 Gordini
Alfa Romeo Spider 1300 junior Duetto

Donnie Jones
Donnie Jones(@djmn)
6 years ago

1963 Ferrari 250GTE
2001 Ford GT
1957 Mercedes 300SL
1964 Aston Martin DB4

Karl Aldinger
Karl Aldinger(@fb_930939260360816)
6 years ago

Owner pretty much nailed it. I’d replace that Duetto with a custom 4C Spyder with an EV drivetrain. Set.

Stephan P
Stephan P(@alfettaracer)
6 years ago

1951 Alfa Romeo 158 Alfetta
1955 Fiat 8v Zagato
1963 Fiat Abarth Monomille
1974 Lancia Stratos

Filip VDB
Filip VDB(@bimbeano)
6 years ago

Ferrari F40 (red)
Lancia Delta Integrale (red)
BMW E30 M3 (red)
Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI (red)

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves(@cacem)
6 years ago

I´ll go for 4 more down-to-earth cars

95 Porsche 928 GTS (manual)
91 Mercedes 560 SEC
72 Ferrary 365 GTB/4 Aka “Daytona”
68 Dodge Charger R/T (Hemi engine)

6 years ago

’62 300SL
’67 Jaguar XKE
’59 507
’65 DB5

Gas Project
Gas Project(@gasproject)
6 years ago

Here goes 4:
2013 Alfa Disco Volante by Touring (the only ‘new’ car, and an Alfa)
Ferrari 250 SWB
Ferrari F40
Lancia B20 GT

Peter Holman
Peter Holman(@pey-droh)
6 years ago

I suspect that garage holds more than four vehicles…..but if I HAVE to limit it to four, I’d go with:

Cord 812 SC
Jaguar E Type roadster (Series I)
300SL gullwing
1961 Lincoln Continental suicide door convertible

I guess I’d park the Continental Mark II and the 66 Toronado in the driveway………

Patrick Frawley
Patrick Frawley(@fastpatrick)
6 years ago

Four is a nice number:

1. My Cobra preference alternates between 289 FIA and 427 with the phase of the moon, tides, wind direction, etc. Tonight…FIA.
2. Ferrari 330 GTC.
3. Audi A6 with the diesel motor while I still can.
4. Chevron B16.

I’m sure I’ll have a different quartet next week.

Nils Kapahnke
Nils Kapahnke(@kasperski)
6 years ago

Some BMW Art Cars would fit perfectly!

Chris Stack
Chris Stack(@fb_6103046)
6 years ago

456GT M
Singer 911

Gregg Higham
Gregg Higham(@fb_989679344388434)
6 years ago

b+b C311
74 911 Carrera RSR
Type 35

Alfred Santos
Alfred Santos(@fb_10201105149828043)
6 years ago

Porsche 959
Ferrari 350 California
Jaguar E-Type (v8)
Ferrari F40

Fernando Obregon
Fernando Obregon(@fernandoobregon)
6 years ago

Ferrari 250 GTO
Ferrari 250 Testarossa
Ferrari 250 California Spyder
Ferrari 250 LM

James Terakazis
James Terakazis(@generaljimt)
8 years ago

Oh..I forgot to mention a double bubble Zagato and a Three window Touring bodied coupe and just cause I can…an 8 C (both pre-war and recent tipo)

James Terakazis
James Terakazis(@generaljimt)
8 years ago

Add a GTA and Il Mostro and call it a day…..

Matt Hamilton
Matt Hamilton(@fuelist)
8 years ago

Hmmm, only four? Maybe a white Lamborghini Espada for dragging the family around, a red aluminum Alfa Low Nose SS just because, Lancia Aurelia Nardi Blue Ray I as the ‘unique’ entry so I have something no one else does and a silver Aston DB5 to give me an excuse to wear my nice suits.

Oh, and yeah – nice cars!

Karl Aldinger
Karl Aldinger(@fb_930939260360816)
6 years ago
Reply to  Matt Hamilton

Best not to meet your Espada hero behind the wheel. Methinks you’d be disappointed. It begs the question, what’s got 4 seats and is jaw droppingly weird while still offering some niggles of performance in its day?

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari(@xander18)
8 years ago

I wonder if this is the same garage and collection used in the recent Alfa 4C launch video.

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari(@xander18)
8 years ago
Reply to  Xander Cesari
Gary Rand
Gary Rand(@gbgary)
8 years ago

Sounds easy, no?

Jaguar C Type
Alfa Rome0 1750 Zagato
1951 Bentley Continental
Ferrari Lusso

John Abrishamkar
John Abrishamkar(@faridjohn)
8 years ago

This is not fair…only 4?

Mercedes 300SL Gull wing
Porsche 356 Coupe

8 years ago

Ferrari f40
mclaren mp4/5
BMW m8

Peter Olasz
Peter Olasz(@terta)
8 years ago

actually … the cars should stay as they are. would bring my Montreal as a 5th one though ….

on the 2nd thought … I don’t need the house, just the cars 🙂

Jeff Knoespel
Jeff Knoespel(@fb_1386661081)
8 years ago

Curvy supercars are the best.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay(@christophergay)
8 years ago

I don’t own four cars to maintain the proper symmetry, and it looks big enough for a nice workshop. So, based on my current automobile collection, I’d clearly be moving my tools in there instead of my cars.
Amazing home. Beautiful Stradale.

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
8 years ago

Chris, I can just see that garage turned into a welding shop in your hands!

Zippy Gordon
Zippy Gordon(@zippygordon)
8 years ago

Deep breaths! Deep breaths!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago

I see the sales blurp on the house says it can actually hold up to 32 cars and it is a different but equally gorgeous four cars in their pictures.

As to four cars
Ferrari 365GTB/4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta
Mercedes 300 SL Roadster (late model one with disc brakes and Rudge wheels)
Ferrari 400 Superamerica coupe Aerodinamico SWB series 1 car
Lancia Flaminia Super Sport Zagato

andrea caldera
andrea caldera(@andre)
8 years ago

it’s a dream!!!