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Pick Your Garage — the 25 Top Cars of all Time

OK, here are the rules. If you had unlimited money and space, which 25 cars (or jeeps, buses or whatever — 4 wheelers) of all time would you pick to own. You don’t have to pick 25, but what’s crucial is that you can only pick one from each marque (or badge), so if you pick an Audi TT, that’s it; no more Audi’s. All cars must be street legal production cars, so no race cars or concept cars or one-offs built in a shed. So think it through and have fun. You can add your 25 in the comments section, or write your own blog post and tag me and anyone else you think would enjoy this little game.

1.

Lamborghini Murcielago LP-670-4 SV

Engine: 661bhp 6.5ltr mid-mounted V12 Transmission: 6-speed semi-automatic paddle shift Performance: 0-100kmph in 2.7 seconds, 342kmph top speed Designer: Luc Donckerwolke

 

 

2.

Ferrari 599 GTO

Engine: 661bhp 6.0ltr front mid-mounted V12 Transmission: 6-speed F1 sequential Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.3 seconds, 335kmph top speed Designer: Frank Stephenson of Pininfarina

 

 

3.

Porsche Carrera GT

Engine: 612bhp 5.7ltr mid-mounted V10 Transmission: 6-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.8 seconds, 330kmph top speed

4.

Maserati Bora

Engine: 310bhp 4.7ltr mid-mounted V8 Transmission: 5-speed ZF manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 6.5 seconds, 266kmph top speed Designer: Giorgetto Giugiaro

 

 

5.

BMW 850CSi

Engine: 375bhp 5.6ltr front-mounted V12 Transmission: 6-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 5.6 seconds, 250kmph top speed Designer: Klaus Kapitza

 

 

6.

McLaren F1 LM

Engine: 680bhp 6.1ltr mid-mounted V12 Transmission: 6-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.9 seconds, 362kmph top speed Designer: Gordon Murray

 

 

7.

Ford GT40 Mk2

Engine: 306bhp 4.7ltr mid-mounted V8 Transmission: 5-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 5.3 seconds, 264kmph top speed Designer: Eric Broadley of Lola

 

 

8.

Aston Martin DBS

Engine: 510bhp 6.0ltr front-mounted V12 Transmission: 6-speed automatic Performance: 0-100kmph in 4.3 seconds, 307kmph top speed Designers: Ian Callum & Henrik Fisker

 

 

9.

Audi Sport Quattro

Engine: 302bhp 2.1ltr front-mounted turbocharged straight-5 Transmission: 5-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 4.8 seconds, 250kmph top speed Designers: Martin Smith & Peter Birtwhistle

 

 

10.

Alpine A110 1600S

Engine: 140bhp 1.6ltr rear-mounted straight-4 Transmission: 5-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 6.3 seconds, 210kmph top speed

 

 

11.

Koenigsegg CCX

Engine: 806-bhp 4.7ltr mid-mounted twin-supercharged V8 Transmission: 6-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.2 seconds, 400kmph top speed Designer: Sven-Harry Åkesson

 

 

12.

TVR Tuscan Speed Six

Engine: 400bhp 4.0ltr front mid-mounted straight-6 Transmission: 5-speed Borg Warner T5 manual Performance: 0-100 in 3.6 seconds, 298kmph top speed Designer: Mark Dudley

 

 

13.

Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged

Engine: 175bhp 4.4ltr front-mounted Amherst Villiers-supercharged straight-4 Transmission: 3-speed manual Performance: 209kmph top speed Designer: WO Bentley

 

 

14.

Jaguar XJ220

Engine: 542bhp 3.5ltr mid-mounted twin-Garrett T3-turbocharged V6 Transmission: 5-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.8 seconds, 320kmph top speed Designer: Jim Randle

 

 

15.

AC Cobra Mk2

Engine: 271bhp 4.7ltr front-mounted V8 Transmission: 4-speed manual Performance: 0-100 in 5.5 seconds, 222kmph top speed Designer: John Tojeiro

 

 

16.

Alfa Romeo 8C Competitzione

Engine: 450bhp 4.7ltr front-mounted V8 Transmission: 6-speed semi-automatic Performance: 0-100kmph in 4.3 seconds, 306kmph top speed Designer: Wolfgang Egger

 

 

17.

Bizzarrini 5300 GT

Engine: 350bhp 5.3ltr front-mounted V8 Transmission: 4-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 6.4 seconds, 280kmph top speed Designer: Giorgietto Giugiaro for Bertone

 

 

18.

Mercedes Benz SL65 Black

Engine: 661bhp 6.0ltr front-mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V12 Transmission: 7-speed semi-automatic Performance: 0-100 in 3.6 seconds, 338kmph top speed

 

 

19.

Mazda RX7 SP

Engine: 276bhp 1.3ltr front-mounted twin-turbocharged rotary Transmission: 5-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 6 seconds, 260kmph top speed

 

 

20.

Nissan GTR

Engine: 530bhp 3.8ltr front mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V6 Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.2 seconds, 313kmph top speed Designer: Kazutoshi Mizuno

 

 

21.

Toyota Supra Mk4

Engine: 320bhp 3.0ltr front-mounted twin-turbocharged straight-6 Transmission: 4-speed semi-automatic Performance: 0-100kmph in 4.9 seconds, 285kmph top speed

 

 

22.

Lexus LFA

Engine: 552bhp 4.8ltr front mid-mounted V10 Transmission: 6-speed automated sequential Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.7 seconds, 326kmph top speed Designer: Haruhiko Tanahashi

 

 

23.

Lotus Esprite V8

Engine: 350bhp 3.5ltr mid-mounted twin-Garrett turbocharged V8 Transmission: 5-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 4.4 seconds, 282kmph top speed Designer: Julian Thompson

 

 

24.

Honda NSX-R GT

Engine: 276bhp 3.2ltr mid-mounted V6 Transmission: 6-speed manual Performance: 0-100 in 5.5 seconds, 280kmph top speed Designer: Pininfarina

 

 

25.

Dodge Viper SRT-10 Mk4

Engine: 600bhp 8.4ltr front mid-mounted V10 Transmission: 6-speed manual Performance: 0-100kmph in 3.5 seconds, 325kmph top speed Designer: Tom Gale

 

 

So that’s it. All my 25 are sports cars, 6 British, 5 Italian, 5 Japanese, 4 German, 3 American, 1 Swedish, and 1 French.

 

 

 

 

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March 23, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

14 Comments »

  1. Some lovely cars there, but a few too many Japs for my liking. I’m still working on mine, though may have to go for less than 25 or it will take forever.

    And an Audi TT!! Why would anyone pick one of those??

    Comment by RD | March 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Well there’s no hurry, RD. And I hear some hairdressers are bound to pick the TT.

      Comment by David Blacker | March 24, 2011 | Reply

  2. Here goes my list 🙂

    Alfa Romeo 8C Competitzione
    Ariel Atom
    Aston Martin DB9
    BMW 850CSi
    Chevrolet Cammaro
    Dodge Challenger
    Ferrari 458 Italia
    Fiat 500 Abarth
    Ford GT40 Mk2
    Honda NSX-R GT
    Jaguar XJ220
    Koenigsegg CCX
    Lamborghini Reventon
    Lancia Stratos
    Lexus LFA
    Maserati MC-12
    McLaren F1
    Mercedes SLS
    Mitsubishi Evo X
    Nissan GT-R
    Pagani Zonda Tricolore
    Range Rover
    Renault Clio V6
    Vauxhall Vectra VXR
    Volkswagen Golf GTI MK2

    Comment by Raven | March 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Pretty cool, Raven. It was a tough choice for me between the MC-12, Quattroporte, GT, and Bora.

      Comment by David Blacker | March 24, 2011 | Reply

  3. Yep I was also debating between the MC-12 and the Quattroporte. I was more surprised to see that you didn’t have any Zondas.

    Comment by Raven | March 24, 2011 | Reply

    • I originally had the Zonda F on my list, but I never liked the look of the Zonda, and since I had the CCX, I thought that was enough representation of the hyper cars. I dropped the MC-12 ‘cos I realised it wasn’t as good a car as the Enzo on which it’s based, and that would niggle a bit. The Bora was more pure.

      Comment by David Blacker | March 24, 2011 | Reply

  4. I find Zonda’s pretty outlandish. Even more than Lambos sometimes.

    I selected MC-12 for its performance, although it may not be a pure Maserati.

    Comment by Raven | March 24, 2011 | Reply

    • No I meant the fact that the MC-12 wasn’t as good on performance as the Enzo it was based on would niggle. Not because it had a Ferrari chassis. I tried to pick cars that were the best in their class. Like what’s the best big GT you can get — looks, performance, overall — the DBS, and so on. No way I could list the MC-12 on performance since the Enzo’s performance was better. Whereas I didn’t care if their was a better performer than the DBS, ‘cos nothing else had its looks. It’s just my way of thinking lol.

      Comment by David Blacker | March 24, 2011 | Reply

  5. A little surprised at the 0-100 time of 3.9 seconds for the Bentley, considering that the 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports requires 610bhp and 800Nm of torque to achieve a similar figure.
    BTW I would happily accept all your choices in my mythical garage, but would probably also try to find room for a Cord 812 and a Citroen Light 15

    Comment by Ashraf | April 1, 2011 | Reply

  6. I’m pretty sure that 0-100 figure for the Blower is wrong, Ashraf, especially when you consider the car weighed over two tons! So I’m gonna delete that.

    Comment by David Blacker | April 4, 2011 | Reply

  7. wait, where is the batmobile?

    Comment by The way of the Dodo | April 25, 2011 | Reply

  8. Fabulous lineup David! I will try my best to come up with my contribution of favored motors in due time.

    Comment by Nilantha Ariyasena | May 18, 2011 | Reply

  9. Power! No Bugatti Veyron?

    Comment by Bimal | August 19, 2011 | Reply

  10. This is a fun post. The Murcielago and 599 GTO are definatley in my top 5 as well!

    Comment by Auto Dent and Scratch Repair | October 19, 2011 | Reply


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