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      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.
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      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 too...so 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
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    4. 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.

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      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.
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      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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      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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      07-11-2019 03:54 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by 88c900t View Post
      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.

      *Citroen DS pic

      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.

      *911 Targa pic

      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

      *Syclone pic

      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.

      *'02 pic


      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.

      *Tempest pic

      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.
      Says "911" then posts picture of a Targa. Wha's wrong with you, son? Coupe all the way!

      Mine would be similar. I've said for years that an AW11 MR2 is one of my favorite cars, as is the 911, 2002 and I too love the DS, but I think it would be cut from my list.

      I think it would go something like this:

      My Beetle
      911 Coupe.
      A 2002
      AW11 MR2
      Triumph TR4 (possibly some other British Roadster could win out.
      *Honorable mention: '63-'66 Nova
      *Honorable mention 2: A Baja Bug (with killer suspension mods)

      Tomorrow my answers may be different. Also, I could keep the Baja outside since it's a beast anyway.


      Also, is there enough room for a good repair facility/lift in this hypothetical garage? I would forego an entire car to have a lift.
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      07-11-2019 03:55 PM #8
      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

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      07-11-2019 03:56 PM #9
      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.

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      07-11-2019 04:19 PM #10
      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...
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      07-11-2019 04:29 PM #11
      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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      07-11-2019 04:39 PM #12
      997 Turbo & 981 GTS
      OR
      I'd blow it all on a 997 GT3

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      07-11-2019 04:59 PM #13
      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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      07-11-2019 05:10 PM #14
      Hmm... pushing the budget just a wee bit...


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      07-11-2019 05:25 PM #15
      I came up with the perfect fleet.. but it totals 110k.

      I’ll take a loan on the 10k, don’t @ me.

      Okay, I’ll start with a... Z/28. Shocking for me, I know. Let’s call that 40k because you can grab a good one at that price all day.



      Next? PCH cruiser and California sightseer. For that I actually don’t see myself as a convertible guy, but I really miss my old w124 coupes - pillarless windows, huge sunroof, airy and relaxed. Call that 10 grand for a mint example.



      One SUV. For me that’s gonna be a good L322 Range Rover. I prefer the ‘07-‘09 with the Jag motor and improved electrical systems. LOVE these. Price that at about 15 grand.



      Next? One classic. You HAVE to in Southern California, CARB be damned. For me that’s gonna be a ‘65 Buick Riviera. Call that 30k for a decent driver.



      Last but not least... one two-wheeler. Right now, I’d say that’s the BMW R Nine T Racer. Sports tourer, some wind protection but not a cramped rider compartment like a hyper-bike, and you can ride it comfortably all day. 15 grand gets that.



      Hmmm.. I’d really be content with that lineup.






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      07-11-2019 05:28 PM #16
      I just want to add an electric car to current garage and the budget is done.
      My current thinking is add an I3 or trade the jeep in on a used model S 85D.

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      07-11-2019 05:30 PM #17


      Euro 635CSi $12k



      Driver quality GTV $35k



      Rest would be spent on a Lotus Carlton
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      07-11-2019 06:13 PM #18
      For $100k I'll go full-on America. I'm getting a JLU Rubicon, puts me in the $50-55k range, and then let's see what sort of C7 I can get for the remainder. 45-50k should get me a minty one, or maybe I can get a GT350 for the same instead? I don't really want 5 cars. 2 for me (plus one for wife) feels just right.
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      My wife wanted a SUV with a manual transmission. I suggested a Wrangler, she said no way, too masculine

    20. 07-11-2019 07:52 PM #19
      I am building my dream garage at the moment. 2019 C7 Stingray , 2018 Street Triple 765R, 2017 WRX daily driver and a ND Miata (got to have a convertible). Currently missing a ND Miata. I used to have a 2013 Miata Club, so much fun. All vehicle in manual transmission

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      07-11-2019 11:33 PM #20
      i'd want to check some boxes...

      s2k is worth about 15k (keeping that)
      67 427 corvette 80k
      beater jeep wrangler - 5-10k

      done
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      AP1 S2000? I can not in good conscience talk you out of that. May your slip angle be great and your bed not be the couch!

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      07-12-2019 12:33 AM #21
      R33 GTR ~25k

      Mustang convertible ~10k

      Lotus 7 ~35k

      SUV for camping ~10k

      That leaves 20k for.....

      a nice avanti
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      07-12-2019 05:10 AM #22
      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.

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      07-12-2019 07:32 AM #23
      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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      07-12-2019 08:40 AM #24
      I'd want to replace the Frontier with an F-150 crew cab with the 5.0L. Call it $35K for a late model used version with low miles and a good amount of features. If I want to save some coin, I'd find a Double Cab Tundra or Ram 1500. Basically, I'd want a V8 half ton crew cab, but I'm not digging the newer GMs or Nissan Titan.

      Next, two bucket list cars - a 1966 Mustang and a FFR Cobra build. $25K all in for the Mustang and $40K all in for the Cobra.

      And that's it, I'm tapped out financially. Don't know how I suddenly became a Ford guy after having not every owned any, but c'est la vie.

      In alternate universes, I'd be a BMW guy (E34 M5, E90 M3, E53 X5 4.6is, '05-'06 Mini Cooper S) or a Nissan/Datsun guy (240/260/280Z, 300ZX TT, current Armada, older-gen Pathy, 4DSC Maxima) but the classic Mustang is the epitome of cool cruiser (no other car has made me felt as cool as my BIL's 1967 Mustang, but personally I prefer the 1966) and the FFR has been a bucket list car since college.

      Does the $100K assume the current fleet exists? Because I would trade the Frontier and get some $$ back to maybe get 1 more car. The M3 and Mk2 VR6 race car are keepers ATM. That would put my total count at 5 and keep me under $100K.
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      07-12-2019 08:44 AM #25
      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. .

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