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    1. Member 88c900t's Avatar
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      Jul 6th, 2014
      "typical wisconsin rust"
      Skyline GTS-T type M, 19 GLI S, Mazdaspeed Miata,
      07-11-2019 08:11 AM #1
      You want to build a fantasy garage, but there are two stipulations:

      -You only have room for at most 5 vehicles. This doesn't include your daily, it can sit outside who cares.

      -A hard budget of $100,000 total.

      What would you buy?

      Since I currently own 4 cars collectively worth 31-32K, the choice is obvious-I'd use all my space

      One of my most recent automotive crushes is the Citroen DS, a newer red one just like Leno's. It's a must-own in this garage. I'd guess it's somewhere in the range of 20-30,000 for a good driver, so let's call it 25 grand even.

      I've never driven an air cooled Porsche (unless you count a really rusty 914) so I think one would earn it's keep in my garage. Like Vad and his M3, much of the reason I'd own one is purely enthusiast cred, and it's a good financial investment. Probably $30,000 for a decent pre-964, which has the older 915 gearbox but I want to keep the cost low. Whatever model/year is most affordable.

      I like obscure domestic cars, like the Omni GLH for example. It would be a tough decision, but I think a GMC Syclone/Typhoon would just win out over a Grand National. The Typhoon isn't as iconic as the Syclone, but should be well cheaper as only a fraction as many Syclones were made. $15,000

      Another tough choice would be a 70s sports sedan-BMW 2002 and Datsun 510. I already have the german 911 so I'd probably go 510. 10-12K. *edit* I much prefer the 2002 styling.

      Finally, a 1960s US 4 seat convertible with a 4 speed. I really like Corvairs, and the corsa turbo convertible is gorgeous and quick, but the Pontiac Tempest makes a compelling, if flawed option, and here's why: It uses a rear mounted transaxle from a Corvair via a torque-tube (15 years before Porsche), but the 4 speed was too fragile so it was relegated to the base 3.2 four, basically half a 389 since John DeLorean was given nothing for development. You can squeeze 180 hp from it, but it's still a pushrod 4 in a 3000 lb car, and the V8s only had a 3 speed or powerglide. I'm not sure if the Corvair 4 speed can be beefed up, but I might just have to accept an eventual rebuild and swap a 4 speed into a 326 Tempest. It would also be the only V8 on my list. Probably 15K ish.

      Gotta be a 61, 63s look decent but 62s are uggo.

      So I'm at 95-97K with a full garage. What would you do ?

      Near misses: Grand National, Aw11 MR2 supercharged, Omni GLH, Cressida (as a rally car), Saab 900 SPG, peugeot 504.
      I gave up dailing old and rare cars and became a normie.
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      88c900t wins again, you really ****ing crush it at listing a ton of cheap options
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      You'll always get a pass due to your history of owning classy and sophisticated automobiles

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      Jan 17th, 2008
      Arlington, VA
      07-11-2019 09:54 AM #2
      With $100k, I'd just like to finish my current projects and buy back my MB 280C and restore it as well.

      • 356SC with original color paint (Bali Blue), maybe do a 1883 nickies engine rebuild too
      • 914 with the 2.9 RS+ spec engine that's being built now
      • '74 MB 280C with the M110 FI engine swap completed with EFI (~200hp), two-tone green with avocado interior
      • Fully finish the Ducati 2-stroke project
      • I know you said no daily drivers, but my S6 Avant is old enough to get some love doing the last little bits to finish it up would only be $5k or so

      Having those ready to drive whenever I can would be AMAZING!
      Heck I could probably do the above with 50-75k
      02 S6 Avant
      73 914 2.0 - 2.7 conversion in progress
      64 356 SC / 65 Ducati Falcon 80
      99.5 A4 2.8 Q Tip - RIP taken out by a tree 19.5 after buying

    3. 07-11-2019 02:07 PM #3
      $100k is a tough budget to stay within:

      NC Miata with turbocharger/supercharger- about $10k to buy a halfway decent NC, another $6k for the forced induction, maybe another $4k in wheels/suspension/tires/etc. Call it $20k.

      Porsche 997.2- call it $40k.

      Mercedes E63 wagon- with the money left, probably can get into a W212, barely. $40k.

      I'd be pretty happy with those choices- I have a fun little trackable sports car, a really nice sports car and a loud, fast V-8 that can road trip and cruise as well.

    4. Member Pnuu's Avatar
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      Jul 27th, 2005
      GX, Taco, Tiguan, bikes
      07-11-2019 02:18 PM #4
      5 cars, under 100k... I'm on the way to making this happen in the next year or two.

      $35k - New RAV4 Hybrid for the wife.
      $20k - Used Lexus GX for me.
      $15k - Built Tacoma wheeler.
      $10k - Cheap fun fast sporty car. Maybe a built Mk5 GTI?
      $20k - 1 ton, LWB, DIY camper van. Hopefully a 6.0L Express van.
      Last edited by Pnuu; 07-11-2019 at 02:20 PM.

    5. Senior Member LT1M21Stingray's Avatar
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      Somewhere North of Lyon Mountain.
      SR71 C30 t53a/b/b
      07-11-2019 02:25 PM #5
      Mine is not a fantasy. It's reality.

      3 Sciroccos, one old Corvette and one old Chevy pîckup truck. 1000 sqf + 1000 sqf.
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      Back when making your car faster and better handling was the big thing.
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      The car's best safety feature includes ejecting you in the moment of impact and wishing you the best of luck.

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      The NATO garage: 3 British, 2 German, 2 American.
      07-11-2019 03:41 PM #6
      One American
      One Japanese
      One British
      One German
      One more any

      One convertible
      One 4-Wheel drive
      One sedan
      One coupe
      One vintage

      The combo above yields:

      S2000 (Japanese, convertible) $14k
      V8 Vantage (British, coupe) $33k
      Jeep Wrangler (American, 4wd) $18k
      1977 911 (German, vintage) $22k
      M5 (German, sedan) $15k

      BAM! Ready for anything.

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      '16 TLX SH-AWD- NA is BEST
      07-11-2019 03:55 PM #7
      Kind of insane that $100K isn't even a lot for a fantasy garage.

      I'd probably do the following:

      • CPO RX350 for her- $35K?
      • GS350 F-Sport for my daily- $30K
      • C6 GS convertible for thrills and travel- $25K?
      • Used Speed Triple R for the ongoing midlife crisis- $10K

    8. Member The_Real_Stack's Avatar
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      Arlington Heights, the center of the universe
      AP1 and JLU
      07-11-2019 04:29 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      Kind of insane that $100K isn't even a lot for a fantasy garage.

      I'd probably do the following:

      • CPO RX350 for her- $35K?
      • GS350 F-Sport for my daily- $30K
      • C6 GS convertible for thrills and travel- $25K?
      • Used Speed Triple R for the ongoing midlife crisis- $10K
      Hell my regular garage cost more than that, with three nice but basic cars, RDX, Jeep, S2000
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      My wife wanted a SUV with a manual transmission. I suggested a Wrangler, she said no way, too masculine

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      Tricked out DeLorean. Fake M M235ix
      07-11-2019 04:39 PM #9
      997 Turbo & 981 GTS
      I'd blow it all on a 997 GT3

    10. Senior Member 6cylVWguy's Avatar
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      '18 Jeep SRT; '11 M3 ZCP; '94 SLC
      07-11-2019 04:59 PM #10
      5 cars is too many for me. I'm perfectly happy the number of vehicles I currently have and wouldn't want more. I'm in a pretty good place right now, but perhaps not perfect. I don't really have a need for a daily per se, since I work from home. But the Hyundai Tucson is my go-to driver when I need to run around town errands or go to the gym. I also exclusively drive it to the train station or center city Philly. That's essentially the beater of the group and it's great at it's job. Regarding the other stuff:

      I'd keep the Grand Cherokee SRT. There are plenty of other vehicles I could have gotten and given the rules, the crazy SUVs like track hawks or Cayanne Turbo S would be ether too old or too expensive to fit in here. So the SRT fits in the category of respectable regular car that does a lot of things very well. For towing, going to nicer places, carrying more than me and my SO, and enjoying a blast down the highway, it's about perfect. Done.

      The BMW is an excellent car, but if I have $100k to spend, I'd probably sell it and buy a C7 grand sport. Maybe new, maybe used. I'd have to look more closely at what's a better deal, but I'd take whatever I could get for the BMW to give myself a little bit of a buffer for the C7. This leaves me with still what would be a nice chunk of change. I'd probably spend a bunch of cash (not sure what it would be, but I'd probably be able to limit it to no more than $20k) on doing something fun/interesting with the corrado.

      Whatever else I had left, I would put towards the garage itself and potentially a trailer.

      The completely different approach would be to sell off the BMW, use much less on the Corrado, not worry about the garage/trailer, and do european delivery on a new GT4.

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      Shepherdstown, WV
      07-12-2019 08:44 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by CTK View Post
      Kind of insane that $100K isn't even a lot for a fantasy garage.
      Yeah it's both discouraging, you can't get anything too crazy, And encouraging because it shows with some smart buys you can have a nice garage.

      5 is hard, I have more than that now and also have a shop to store them but as per the rules:

      My Cummins TJ bought it off ex for 10k
      A clean rabbit pickup 8k
      Ram 350 Cummins nice patina not perfect so not afraid to use but no rust 10k
      Mk2 tt 3.2 12k
      Mk1 r8 v8 con manuel 60k

      The daily outside is my C5 allroad, which due to budget constraints of dream garage preventing me from doing turbos on the R8 makes it the most powerful car in the line up. .

    12. Member
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      20GLGT5MT, Buell
      07-12-2019 09:10 AM #12
      --Subaru Ascent with slightly larger turbo for the family vehicle
      --Wrangler JL 2DR for the ice cream/beach transport/top down vehicle
      --Civic hatch for commuter duty
      --Giant American convertible land barge for parades

    13. Member BluMagic's Avatar
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      Apr 9th, 2008
      The middle west
      Twin Turbo Barge & Old Japanese Land Yacht
      07-12-2019 09:19 AM #13
      I'd just get a 996 C4S to add to what I have now, buy a lift and an ACTY for home depot runs

    14. Member
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      Jan 20th, 2009
      East NC
      Current - '16 Silverado, Sold - '06 Goat
      07-12-2019 09:31 AM #14
      5 cars under $100K?

      Hmm. I’d buy a bigger boat and Polaris RZR turbo. The Silverado can stay outside.

    15. Member hasnfefr's Avatar
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      Sep 25th, 2002
      Elyria, OH
      62'ghia,75'rocco,80'caddy,81'rocco,84'rabbit gti w/callaway stg2,87' 8v rocco,87' 16v rocco,03' gti
      07-12-2019 10:30 AM #15
      Garages are for workshops not covered parking....
      But seriously speaking I have about what I want.
      2 S1 sciroccos
      2 Karmann Ghias
      80 rabbit pickup tdi swap
      ( i really have like 4 other cars, but they don't count.)
      Do we get to spend the saved money on more tools? Please?

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      MT: 244'80 V70R'07 340x'16
      07-12-2019 10:42 AM #16
      My first fantasy would be to expand garage space from the current three to five and then there should be a decent amount of turn-over every couple of years, where some stay a little longer than others. I do like a mix of the new and old, fast and slow. The one common denominator has been 100% manual transmission, but currently considering replacing the 340i with a DSG GTI or R.

    17. Member iWantaTurbo's Avatar
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      Aug 5th, 2001
      columbus ohio
      90 gti vr6; 94 passat vr6; 10 BMW 335i sedan rwd SP CWP
      07-12-2019 10:44 AM #17
      nicest e63 wagon for 80K and a 20K japanese suv for her. done.

    18. Member masa8888's Avatar
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      May 5th, 2003
      Reston VA
      2019 Audi Q8, 2000 911 Carrera, 2005 Audi TT 3.2 Quattro
      07-12-2019 11:48 AM #18
      I'll keep my current cars and add 3 more.

      996 C2 - $21k
      TT 3.2 - $11k
      M Coupe S52 - $20k
      V8 Vantage - $35k
      Off-road rig (FZJ80, Bronco, or K-5 Blazer) - $13k

    19. Member Kevin RS's Avatar
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      Apr 20th, 2003
      Denver, CO
      Some New and Old japanese cars and a Couple New and Old Fords
      07-12-2019 02:28 PM #19
      -Nicest used lsx V8 Miata = $ 35K
      -New Polaris rzr rs1 with a turbo kit from boon dockers = $ 16k
      -New Honda talon 1000 R = $ 21k
      - spend the remaining 28k on a formula ford and a tony shifter kart plus a dual axle trailer for transport
      the wife really wants to get into wheel to wheel racing. I figure this would be the cheapest form of entry -

      And I’m spent !

    20. Just Milking my Carrot in the Honda break room. Metallitubby's Avatar
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      Aug 20th, 2001
      Atlanta, GA
      Honda, Ducati
      07-12-2019 05:46 PM #20
      I'd spend it all on one vehicle that does it all:

      * My contributions are not representative of American Honda

    21. Member Dirty Hatch's Avatar
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      06 4runner
      07-11-2019 03:56 PM #21
      Let me see:
      4 runner TRD Off-Road - $35K
      944 Turbo - $15K
      MKII GTI (already own, but let's sink $15K in it)
      Civic Type R or Golf R (Can't decide between the two) - $35K

      I am one car short, so let's just throw in a $500 Trek mountain bike.

    22. Member Chris_V's Avatar
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      Jun 18th, 2009
      Pikesville, MD
      '13 Volt, '20 Bolt, '02 Suburban 2500LT
      07-11-2019 04:19 PM #22
      If this doesn't include the daily, or the spousal transport device, then:

      2001 E38 750iL Sport.

      1963 Mercury Comet S22 hardtop or convertible

      BMW 635 CSi

      Datsun 510

      Cal look '60s Beetle.

      Sadly, I could blow that budget entirely on what I want to do with the Comet, by itself...
      "Like a fine Detroit wine, this vehicle has aged to budgetary perfection"

    23. Member MGQ's Avatar
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      Apr 16th, 2002
      The City (:-l)
      Fusion Hybrid
      07-12-2019 12:33 AM #23
      R33 GTR ~25k

      Mustang convertible ~10k

      Lotus 7 ~35k

      SUV for camping ~10k

      That leaves 20k for.....

      a nice avanti
      "Family of Fine Cars"

    24. Member worth_fixing's Avatar
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      Dec 23rd, 2009
      Montreal, Qc
      2014 Mazda3 Sport GS - 1982 Honda CB750K
      07-12-2019 05:10 AM #24
      so I'm going to take today's current exchange rate for $130,000 CAD.

      ...still doesn't get me THAT far.

      I'll have to start off with a Caterham 360 powered by a naturally aspirated 180 bhp 2.0L Ford Duratec for about $65,000 CAD (they're insanely expensive to get here and require kit car status...yay)

      I'd put about $9,000 CAD into my $1,000 1982 Honda CB750K to make it perform like it should and build it into this :

      That leaves me with 55 big ones.

      Lately, I've been really digging the Lancia Fulvia. The one below is for $37,000

      And lastly, I'd get something a little more reliable and Japanese, spending the balance on a clean MR2 with a 3S-GE motor built to replicate the Altezza RS200's blacktop motor.

      Last edited by worth_fixing; 07-12-2019 at 05:14 AM.
      Any car which holds together for a whole race is too heavy.

    25. Member Baltimoron's Avatar
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      Trailer Park Heaven, MD
      2013 Conestoga Wagon & 2023 VigorousZX Campermobile
      07-12-2019 07:32 AM #25
      I'd load that garage with as many clean NA miatas as I could find

      and burn it to the ground.

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