Journal: Which Three Cars Would You Choose for Your Dream Fleet?

Which Three Cars Would You Choose for Your Dream Fleet?

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August 14, 2013
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We’re sure you’ve played this game before, but it’s just too fun not to revisit once in a while—if you’re anything like us (and we suspect you are!), anyway, your answers will change day-to-day depending on your mood, the weather, or which side of bed you rose from that morning.

Here are the rules: you’ve recently inherited half a million dollars from your favorite great aunt, but she’s stipulated in her will you’re only allowed to spend the money on three classic cars. She further elaborates that one must be a daily driver, one a weekend toy, and the third a track machine, with any remaining moneys forfeited to the ASPCA.

Personally, I could go insane trying to find the perfect three cars that meet these requirements, but what I present to you here comes pretty darn close. The highly modified 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV makes a fantastic daily driver. On the weekends, so long as it’s not raining or too hot, the 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider is perfect. Finally, for flogging around the track, you simply can’t go wrong with the high-revving twin-spark engine of the 1968 Alfa Romeo GTA Jr.

What’s in your fantasy three-car garage?

Photography by Sean Lorentzen

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Arijit LP Talukdar
Arijit LP Talukdar(@arijit_lp_talukdar)
4 years ago

My Dream fleet would include..

1. Audi RS7-(Daily Driver)
2. Jaguar E-Type (Weekend Drive)
3. Aston Martin Vulcan (Track Car)

anyways. 3 is a very small number..

I might also include a 458 Spider, 69 Plymouth Fury, a Merc 190 Evoluzione

Ryan Derick
Ryan Derick(@garagerollerdoor)
6 years ago

I choose 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, so cool.

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rodolphe pareit
rodolphe pareit(@onontsira)
8 years ago

1/ Volvo 850 T5R
2/ Jaguar XKR Convertible
3/ Caterham R300 Cup

left over money would be spent racing everywhere in Europe 🙂

Byen Willes
Byen Willes(@byenwilles)
8 years ago

My dream car,, which I think every day at least once,,
BMW Vision, Audi, Mercedes with a full automatic car garage.
I hope my beloved dream come true.
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Luis Guiricich
Luis Guiricich(@elmono)
8 years ago

Everyday Mercedes E55 AMG
Special Day BMW 325 E 30 Cabrio
Track Alfa Romeo Alfasud

Lamond Jack
Lamond Jack(@xclusivegarage)
8 years ago

Since this Petrolicious window will not allow me to drop or download images of my three cars I would use for my dream fleet I will list them!
1. 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa – Weekend Driver!
2. 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS QV – Everyday Driver!
3. 1988 Gemballa Porsche Avalanche – Track Machine!
(Gemballa made 3 models known as the Avalanche, Cyruss and Mirage models. Personally of the three I prefer the Avalanche Convertible model in white on white with its RUF tuned Porsche 930 turbo, fire breathing monster of an engine.) Oh what fun!!

Vuk Devrnja
Vuk Devrnja(@vukmarko)
8 years ago

[b]Daily drive:[/b] Rolls Royce Silver Shadow Fixed Head Coupe Mulliner Park Ward
[b]Weekend toy:[/b] Jaguar XKSS
[b]Track car:[/b] Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe

Timo Hakala
Timo Hakala(@fb_747134513)
8 years ago

[url=”http://www.automerkit.fi/uploads/pics/Saab_9-5_SportCombi_2011.jpg”]Saab NG9-5 SportCombi[/url], for those “family trips”..probly the best-looking wagon ever made.
[url=”http://www.auctionsamerica.com/images/lots/FL10/FL10_r068_01.jpg”]Old school Porsche 911[/url], cause, you know, ducktail, RR setup…
[url=”http://cdn.astonmartin.com/sitefinity/v12-roadster/exterior5.jpg?sfvrsn=0″]Aston Martin V12 Vantage[/url] Summer ride..

Eamon Flaherty
Eamon Flaherty(@eflare1)
8 years ago

Alfa GTV 2000
Ferrari 330GT 2+2
Aston Martin DB5

Bruno TESSIER
Bruno TESSIER(@singleton)
8 years ago

And in the real life:

Daily: BMW 135i Coupe
Weekend: Camaro 327 RS 1967
No Track car

Bruno TESSIER
Bruno TESSIER(@singleton)
8 years ago

Daily: BMW M3 E46
Weekend: Maserati Sebring
Track: Lancia Stratos

virgilio pellandini
virgilio pellandini(@virgilio)
8 years ago

Daily: Mercedes W140 600SE ($10k)
Track: Bugatti EB110SS ($310k)
Weekend: Ferrari 365BB ($180k)

Mauricio Lizama
Mauricio Lizama(@amazilm)
8 years ago

Staying in the budget I would go with

BMW M3 e30 Evo as my daily
Porsche 356 Speedster for weekend cruise
1973-4 Porsche 911 built by Magnus Walker aka Urban Outlaw

left over money I would build a killer garage

Tony Cope
Tony Cope(@fb_615495440)
8 years ago

TRACK – BMW M1 PRO CAR
EVERYDAY – BMW E9 CSL
SPECIAL – PORCHE 962 LE MANS (ROAD GOING)

if only 🙁

Fotis Fotiadis
Fotis Fotiadis(@tifosof)
8 years ago

Hmm that’s difficult…I thing that GTV is the best choise for me!!!;)

Andrew Denley
Andrew Denley(@djorkboy)
8 years ago

[b]Daily Drive:[/b] Audi C5 RS6 Plus Avant
[b]Weekend Toy:[/b] Ferrari 250 GTE
[b]Track Car:[/b] Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0

Andrew Denley
Andrew Denley(@djorkboy)
8 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Denley

…Actually, looks like a genuine RSR 3.0 would eat the whole half million and probably a bit more so it would have to be a replica, but seeing as a driveable 250 GTE could be had for around $200,000 and a RS6 Plus for maybe $30,000 at most that would leave $270,000 to build a pretty awesome RSR replica. Sorry ASPCA, you wouldn’t be getting a dollar out of me 🙂

Steve Scarpato
Steve Scarpato(@fb_1522448399)
8 years ago

I’ll take a 1970 Boss 302, a Lamborghini Miura ( if I can get one on the cheap) and a fairly recent used Aston Martin Vantage Violante. Call me a happy boy!!

Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly(@deke)
8 years ago

Daily – E39 M5 (black)
Weekend – C2 Corvette (black)
Track – 997 Porsche (black)

Zen Yeh
Zen Yeh(@fb_1796281643)
8 years ago

Here’s my list:
1) Daily driver: BMW Z8
2) Weekend Toy: Jaguar XK-E
3) Track Car: Porsche GT3
I know that I am still leaving ~ $150K on the table, but I’m not greedy.

Matias raim
Matias raim(@matirs)
8 years ago

Though one,

Daily driver – Alfa 75 V6 3.0 (or Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evo II)
Toy- Alfa Montreal
Track- Ferrari F40

But I wouldn’t mind to have that GTV, Giulietta and that GTA.

Jason Roadman
Jason Roadman(@jaroadman)
8 years ago

Weekend – Singer 911
Track – Ford GT
Daily – Anything for the $100 I will have left after I buy the other cars.

jinglebuddy
jinglebuddy(@jb21)
8 years ago

3 cars…that’s pretty tough. The track car’s gotta be Porsche 911 of some sort for me, and weekend ride just has to be Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider (what I consider to be the most romantic car ever made). It’s the daily driver that would kill me: either series II Land Rover or original Fiat 500…Why can’t I have both!

Jacob Coburn
Jacob Coburn
8 years ago

Daily Drive: 1974 BMW 3.0 CSL http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1057833
Weekender: 1959 BMW 507 (has to be a restoration project to stay under 500,000)
Track Day: 1988 BMW E30 M3 Racecar http://bringatrailer.com/2012/12/20/dtm-time-machine-1988-bmw-m3-race-car/

Guillaume Lamoureux
Guillaume Lamoureux(@glams)
8 years ago

I would make more rationnal choices :
Daily driver : brown BMW E30
Week-end toy : Mazda Miata MX-5
Track car : Citroen SM or Peugeot 205 GTI (french touch)
Too bad, it only fit 1/5 of the budget!

Brett Evans
Brett Evans(@evans-bt)
8 years ago

If even that! It’d have to be a 30k E30 and a 50k Miata. Cheap, fun taste, man!

Glams
Glams(@glams)
8 years ago
Reply to  Brett Evans

That’s because the hydraulic system of the SM is ruining the budget ! I would add an Alfetta GTV as daily driver.
Guillaume again

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228(@biturbo228)
8 years ago

Daily: Alfa Romeo Alfetta saloon with a 3.0l V6 from a 75
Weekend: Triumph Stag with 16v heads from a Dolly Sprint (making a 32v V8)
Track: Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe

Brett Evans
Brett Evans(@evans-bt)
8 years ago
Reply to  BiTurbo228

What does one of those E-types run? I love it! Also, I love that Rover 32v V8 idea.

BiTurbo228
BiTurbo228(@biturbo228)
8 years ago
Reply to  Brett Evans

They’ve got a hotted up racing version of the 3.8l XK engine. Gorgeous cars.

Also, it’s a Triumph V8 rather than a Rover one. They were essentially made from two Triumph Slant 4s mated to a common crank-case, which were also the basis of the 16v Dolomite engine.

It’s not simply plug and play with the heads, as one needs to be a mirror image and run in reverse, and I also think the oil and water pathways need to be altered, but it is most definitely possible.

Dutch
Dutch(@dutch)
8 years ago

1. Daily Driver 2014 Challenger. May as well be an SRT since I’ve got so much money to blow.
2. Toy – 1966 F-100 longbox, 352 automatic with power steering and A/C, slammed and on airbags set up to pull the…
3. Track Car – 2014 Neil and Parks front engine dragster with 426 Hemi power.
The critters should eat pretty well on my nickel!

Johnny02
Johnny02(@johnny02)
8 years ago

Daily E30 M3
Weekend 3.0 CSL Batmobile
Track. I’m going to ask Ronaldo if I can borrow that Furia bmw, never heard of that one its gorgeous can you tell us. More about it? What’s it powered by, m10 block?

ronaldo eduardo
ronaldo eduardo(@ronaldin)
8 years ago
Reply to  Johnny02

Johnny, the furia its a Brazilian Race car from the early 70’s.

It was designed by toni bianco, who designed some brazilian race and sports cars when the automotive industry was getting born here. Its powered by a bmw 4 cil engine, I think its a 2002 unit.
But it was also powered by Alfa romeo, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ferrari and Lamborghini engines, in various configurations V8’s, V12’s, inline 4, inline 6, depending on the taste and the pocket of the consumer.

Here are some interesting links with some images and infos (portuguese)

Gallery of furia BMW
http://public.fotki.com/ibsenop/automveis/classicosdecompeticao/furia-bmw/friabmw001.html#media

Gallery of furia ALFA
http://www.arcmg.com.br/galeria/descobertas/Furia-no-SEMA-2011.htm

The bianco that had the design inspirated in the furia race car
http://bestcars.uol.com.br/classicos/bianco-1.htm

Toni bianco
http://www.bandeiraquadriculada.com.br/Toni\%20Bianco.htm

ronaldo eduardo
ronaldo eduardo(@ronaldin)
8 years ago

Daily driver : Ferrari 550 (red or black)
Weekend toy : Jaguar E- type convertible (british racing green)
Track car : Fúria BMW http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_oKPRrlJAWBw/S70SgwKvkGI/AAAAAAAANi4/YIEFy6-XAZ0/s1600/3.jpg

Christer Lundem
Christer Lundem(@christer)
8 years ago

What an impossible task. As daily driver i do not want anything flash. And not care too much about it because of dents and the grim wetter in Norway.
Daily BMW E46 M3 (white or grey)
Track (the one I have) Red Alfa Bertone hot rod with 200 hp TS (I would change the one I have now with a white step nose. It is more than fast enough and slides around. Or a NSX-R Honda in white.
Pleasure: Any vintage Ferrari would do. I have a 308 gts now but would love to have a 512 BB.
With a higher budget – well who knows? But an Alfa has to be in there.

Salvatore Piscitelli
Salvatore Piscitelli(@transaxle73)
8 years ago

Hello, my favourite cars are:
daily: Alfa Romeo Alfetta 1.8 sedan, it’s like my car 🙂
weekend: Porsche 911 2.7 RS
track: Alfa Romeo 4C

Adam Holter
Adam Holter(@aholter90)
8 years ago

Hmmm, I think I’d be forefeiting a lot of money to the ASPCA with my choices. 😉 It’s clear I have very utilitarian tastes. 🙂

Daily: 1966 Chrysler Imperial (swap in a dual-quad 440 with A/C, and you’ve sold me)
Toy: 1973 Jeep CJ-5 (this with the 258 and a 3-speed and Saturn Overdrive, 4″ body lift on 33″ MTs, all suspended over 4.88 Dana 44s with front and rear air lockers)
Track Car: 1963 Studebaker Avanti (assuming the track is Bonneville and assuming that I can put a twin-turbo’ed International 345 to break any Binder speed record out there)

Alec DeJovani
Alec DeJovani(@250berlinetta)
8 years ago

This is a tough one, but here’s mine:
– white 1972 Porsche 911 ST (Autofarm) as my DAILY DRIVER
– red 1975 Ferrari 308 GTB V12 conversion (365 SOHC) as my WEEKEND TOY
– grey 1994 Honda NSX Type-R as my TRACK CAR

Yeah that’s right, I’ve got the colors down too.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago
Reply to  Alec DeJovani

I have to say I find your idea of a 365 V12 engine into a 308 intriguing. I know of a few 308s running the quad cam 400 engine and there was a thread a few years ago on Ferrarichat where someome was going to be a 330 based engine into a 308 but never the 365 sohc unit. As much as I’m a fan of Ferrari V12 would it not make more sense to drop a 360s V8 into a 308 for both power and packaging reasons? Just curious don’t want to put down someone’s dream?

Will Vogl
Will Vogl(@execfin)
8 years ago

Daily: B5 RS4
Weekend: 356 SC Cabriolet
Track: 964 RS

Christian Evans
Christian Evans(@fb_1049158363)
8 years ago

Daily: BMW 3.0 CSL*
Weekend: Austin Healey 3000*
Track: Shelby Daytona*

*subject to change if I think of something more awesome.

Xander Cesari
Xander Cesari(@xander18)
8 years ago

3? 3?!?! THREE?!?!

Hahahahahahahaha

Oh man. 3. My starting bid for dream fleet is like 10.

john gausden
john gausden(@st-classic)
8 years ago

porsche 917 / 73rs / 993 gt1

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog(@darinspyderdog)
8 years ago

we only got a half million to play with here guys!

…hahahaha

Clayton Merchant
Clayton Merchant(@mgcam)
8 years ago

Wow, this caused me to do some hard thinking…….Since no V-12 Ferrari from the 50’s or 60’s would fit under the 500K, for today, I would go with.

Daily-Series I Jaguar E-type coupe-with A/C of course-One of the most beautiful cars ever designed!
Weekend toy-Porsche 356 Speedster in black-Look sinister just standing still.
Track car- Lancia Fulvia HF Coupe -They just look so good.

GOTMOXZ
GOTMOXZ(@gotmoxz)
8 years ago

I already own two of the three: a 1971 Series Two Track Built Datsun 240Z, and a 1990 Nissan 300ZXTT Daily Driver, as for the Weekend Toy then it’s got to be a 1957 Cadillac Baritz drop-top…and I’ve already got the garage ready for them all so there’ll be a big rebate on that half-mill going back to Petrolicious 😮

Shane Elliott
Shane Elliott(@fb_1649760111)
8 years ago

Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe

Lamborghini Miura SV

C10 Skyline GT-R

Darin Spyderdog
Darin Spyderdog(@darinspyderdog)
8 years ago

daily: one of those shelby eleanor gt500 factory built clone deals
weekend toy: jaguar e-type
track car: ferrari f355 challenge

John Carder
John Carder(@fb_100001260660752)
8 years ago

I live on top of a mountain, so the daily driver is easy, a Ford SVT Raptor SuperCab (shorter wheelbase than the SuperCrew, so it is more tossable, less stable).
The weekend toy would be a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. The sound of that motor is unbelievable. It was the last (mostly) steel Ferrari. It has a five-speed transaxle, so I get to row my own gears, and its design resonates with me. I’ll have to shop around to find one for $300-350K, but they’re out there.
The track car would be as much Caterham as I could afford after buying the first two. The Lotus Super Seven set a standard that Caterham has carried forward.

Edgardo Colon
Edgardo Colon(@edgardocolon7)
8 years ago

For 500k I would have a 964 911 for daily and weekend use combined with a fj 60 Toyota Land Crusier for daily or weekend use to. It all depends on wether and for the track a Caterham Seven 620R. One can only dream!!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson(@valvebounce)
8 years ago

In real life;
Daily – Volvo Amazon (and public transport)
Weekend – Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Track – Triumph TR4 (works rally spec)

In my fantasy life;
Daily – Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe with tow hook.
Weekend (and rally) – Lancia Aurelia B20GT (with Mille Miglia entry obvs.)
Track – something really old maybe a pre-war Frazer Nash Special or Le Mans Replica

Isaac DC
Isaac DC(@isaacdc)
8 years ago

Love the game! For the moment to me it are:

Daily: 1982 Alpina B7 S Turbo Coupé
Weekend: a pre-’73 Porsche 911, with my own R-Gruppestyle modifications
Track: another pre-73 Porsche 911 but this time fully stripped, ofcourse a full racestetup and also some of my personal touches (and some of Magnus Walker’s)

This is so hard. (I wanted to put a Ferrari F355 Spider (in Yellow) as weekendcar too) But I think this is a very lovely list! I hope it is affordable with 500 grand.
Tomorrow my list will probably be totally different.

Sid Widmer
Sid Widmer(@sid)
8 years ago

This is impossible but in making a quick attempt to land on three I was surprised to discover that my current objects of desire are surprisingly all American.
Ford GT
’68 Charger
’57 Chevy Pickup (short box RWD)

stevethecurse
stevethecurse(@stevethecurse)
8 years ago

1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, 1972 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, Ferrari F40

Massimo Masamune Boselli
Massimo Masamune Boselli(@fb_707100928)
8 years ago

That’s a dilemma! I’m quite sure about two out of three…

1. M3 no matter the series, probably the last… I definetely love the V8.
2. Gt3 same as above…
3. ??? I even don’t know where to go! From a relaxed daily drive to a proper beast…

Louis S
Louis S(@lodasi)
8 years ago

– E39 M5 Wagon (debadged leaving only the roundel)
– Acura NSX
– Tesla Model S

Jake Williams
Jake Williams(@shred316)
8 years ago

That’s a real tough one.
-Eagle E-Type Speedster
-Singer 911
-Lancia Stratos

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago
Reply to  Jake Williams

Think you could spend $500K on each of those! 🙂