What three classic/special-use vehicles would you put in your dream garage? Maybe it's a trio of identical '68 Camaros. Maybe it's a Massey-Ferguson 135, a Buick LeSabre, and a Ferrari Daytona. Or an Olds Aerotech, Lunar Rover, and Ducati Diana. Whatever your tastes, tell us what constitutes your ideal happy place.
The hot rod, the truck, the family cruiser.
Right now the hot rod is a 69 Mustang coupe with a built (mildly) engine. I would give that slot to something teens/twenties/30s though --but can't decide if I want a retro distance racer, something more Ed Roth, or a street legal 30s coupe in stock-car trim.
The truck will one day be a 69 GMC replicating and replacing my long-gone first wheels. In the short term I have been actively scouting out 70s to 90s shortboxes. Got rid of my truck a few years ago and have regretted it since.
The family cruiser... the spouse loves the 62-66 full size Pontiacs. I like the 73-76 Cutlasses but am not winning that one it seems. Spouse's father used to have a 96 Impala SS so we have thought about revisiting that tradition. The later Mercury Marauders could also work.
Good thing you only asked for top 3. Give me 5-10 slots I could name them easy.
retro-distance racer could be a variety of things: Aloha Wanderwell's world-travelling model T, British cars like Austin 7s that did off road racing, big touring cars turned into racecars that did things like desert overland rally racing.
Something that I drive by a bunch of kids and the supervising adult says "Oh that is a 100 year old antique car it must be on a tour out of a museum". And then I turn onto the 4x4 trail drive it right through the muck and minds are blown.
out with friends - Bronco Restomod w/Coyote 5.0 - performance under iconic styling, a little kid dream car come to life
date night - mint early 50s Chevy 3100 - tangible option to slow life down at the end of a long day, plus regular cab magic, and it's best-looking pickup on the planet
zooming alone - any new McLaren, if it's grippy i'm not picky
My ideal car collection would feature a gated 360 Spider (have that), a classic American muscle car like a '67 Vette and a spare 360 Spider to use as a parts car.
i applaud the commitment and honesty of this answer!
For me, it would have to be a big, spacious one to bring all the friends along, a tiny road carver, and something gorgeous.
THE HAULER: Volvo Amazon
THE CARVER: late 60s Mini Cooper S with the 1275 and the twin fuel tanks
THE BEAUTY: Porsche 356
I'd fulfill the holy trinity of vehicle categories: truck, wagon, Corvette.
Truck: as much fun as taking on all the bro-spec, triple-black Rams would be, the dream is a 1970s Dodge or GMC. LS-swapped restomod welcome.
Wagon: Volvo. Duh.
Corvette: Eternally torn between a C3 and a C5.
1929 Hudson Sedan - original / unrestored and excellent condition. Shade under 20k miles. Check
1976 Jeep Cherokee Chief - Solid body / Mechanically restored. Check
2005/2006 BMW E46 M3 - Interlagos blue - competition pack. Manual or SMG...I'm not picky. Still dreaming
but pretty happy with the current threesome
1- 1966 Yenko stinger -
the best family sports car ( I put the rear seat back in it)
2- 1969 Jaguar E type roadster - classic date night
3- 1986 Toyota HJ60 diesel- reliable 4x4 fun
does the crew cab dually tow rig count?
My current collection is a 1958 Edsel retractable hardtop, a 1968 International 3/4 ton pickup, and my daily driver is a 1971 Mercedes 300 SEL. All are driven and used regularly.
Top of my list is an early Jaguar XKE coupe - it's only the most beautiful car in the world (per Enzo Ferrari).
Next is an original (no kit) Shelby Corba with the 289 in blue with white stripes - of course.
Lastly is a 1957 Oldsmobile Super 88 two door hardtop. It's big, heavy, loaded with goodies and was the first car I owned.
Geez, only three? Well, here's what I'd put in my very special 3-car garage:
1966 Shelby GT 350, candy apple red with no body stripe, preferably the one I bought new in November 1966 then sold a couple years later to buy a Lotus.
1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super - the homologation special of the Giulia Super sedan. I'd even sell the Super I have now to get room for a TI Super.
1969 Lotus Elan +2 - sexiest Lotus ever!
I already have my three car collection comprised of my childhood dream car of a 1965 A/C Shelby Cobra 427 (replicar, but at least I can drive mine), and on the opposite side of the spectrum, a first edition Jaguar F-Type "R" (same 550 HP as the Cobra, but with all the technological goodies and creature comforts) and my wife's limited edition Halle Berry 007 James Bond Thunderbird (looks like a Barbie car in Coral). Soon I will top off my collection with the first mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray in Sebring Orange with after market scissor doors. Livin' (and drivin') the dream!
1971 Trans Am - would keep mostly original, but upgrade suspension. Other options would be ~1970 Corvette Stingray or ~1965-67 Mustang Fastback GT350
1950 Willys Pickup - full restomod and slightly lifted
1967 Jeepster - because everyone needs a convertible. Full restomod and slight lifted
A 1957 Corvette, a Jaguar XKE, any year, and a 1934 Ford two door sedan (the Bonnie and Clyde car). Of all the cars I've owned and presently own, those would be the ones I'd like to have!
It's getting a bit repetitious, but three of the 4 cars in my little stable are all marvelous, and remarkable, in their own way:
'71 E-Type roadster,
'08 Aston Martin V8 Vantage MANUAL roadster,
'05 Honda S2000.
( The fourth is a '95 Honda Beat, but I digress...)
I already started my collection with the first being a 1973 Ford Maverick with a 302 V8, 1 of 23 according to the Marti Report, a recently acquired a 1967 Pontiac LeMans convertible, and the third want is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Restomod!
The first two are easy, since I already have them.
1. 1964.5 Ford Mustang 260, Wimbledon White and Red interior. All OEM Spec.
2. 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost Premium, Ruby Red w 50th Anniv. Appearance Package.
As for #3...
Since I'm single and my kids are grown, I have no need for a family hauler, and I have NO desire/need for a Truck or SUV...
I guess #3 would be either a mid 60s fully equipped Lincoln Continental in Black, or a 1957 Ford Thunderbird fully equipped convertible, in Black with a matching Hardtop, for "dressier" occasions.
Bill Thomas Continuation Cheetah, 62 Ferrari GTO, 60s Mini Cooper Panel Wagon with a pair of big clown shoes in the back and a rubber nose hanging from the rear view mirror.
I know this is mainly an American site, but Hagerty has included us Brits in as well, so here are my three.
A Supercharged 1948 MGTC
A Jaguar Series 111 V12 Roadster
An Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante.
I own all three. I do own other British cars, 10 to be precise, but these are special.
How to fill my dream three car garage? My dream would be to have a three car garage.
But given current space limitations I already own my dream trio:
The hot rod: Santa Cruz Blur XC mountain bike
The cruiser: Haibike SDURO Cross ebike
The truck: 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata ( it hauls a lot more than the other two, especially with the top down.)
I currently have two of my three faves.
1) 1971 Camaro SS350
I consider myself really fortunate that I was able to keep the Camaro that I bought new in 1971 for all these years. With only 36k miles, it’s never needed to be restored. I see it parked in my garage everyday and it never fails to bring a smile.
2) 2015 Porsche Cayman S
I special ordered it in 2015 and it’s my first mid-engined sports car. I may be keeping this one a long time, too.
3) 1967 Corvette - 427 With Tri-Power
I couldn’t afford one in 1967 and that situation hasn’t changed now. But, when I win the lottery...
Well the first 2 are easy as I currently own and enjoy them; a 68 Shelby GT-350 and a 68 Hemi GTX, 2 different cars for 2 very different driving moods. #3 presents a problem as I have so many "wish I hads". I would dearly love to have my 67 Vette roadster back and I wouldn't say no to a Cobra (289 or 427 no preference) or an 04 to 06 Ford GT. I could go on and on because there are so many great choices out there and none of them are wrong. I don't want to bore your readers any more than I already have sooooo - the GT gets the nod to occupy the non existent bay in my garage. Somehow that seems appropriate as it's highly unlikely that it will ever happen.
Cheers to you all.
My current cars are:
My dream garage:
Really though, there are tons of less expensive cars I have had before that I want again.
And something completely off the wall, I'd love a '57 Chevy Nomad Restomod.
Yeah, that's a lot more than three cars. My three car garage isn't enough. I need a warehouse and a lot more money!
So if it's only 3...and living where we get all 4 seasons, sometimes in the same day...they gotta be fun and practical at same time...
1) Porsche 911 Carrera S4 Cabriolet...manual to keep things interesting...hope the roof is well insulated for 6 months of the year! Great for date nights, spontaneous touring and beating others into parking spots at the mall;) Seeing as how my Better Half would always have the keys to this, I would also want...
2) Dodge Durango R/T 6 Passenger, with a 6.4 Hemi Upgrade...cannot make good use of all the other Durango SRT features here in the GTA so just more power please...for hauling people or stuff, this daily driver can't be beat...tows great too! And to finish...
3) Chev/GMC 3/4 Ton Diesel 4WD CrewCab PickUp...no household should be without one...they last forever with next to no headaches...they get WHATEVER job needs to be done DONE...plain and simple.
Now...back to work...thanks for the mental break Hagerty!
Corvette C8 in Accelerate Yellow with Midnight Gray racing stripes.
2020 Mustang Bullitt edition.
1968 Chevelle 300 two door post in Cordovan Maroon. L79 4 speed.
Race car for the street: Ford GT to replace my Rossion Q1
American muscle: 1970 Hemi Cuda to replace my 2016 Shelby GT350
carefree go-cart sports car: Porsche 914 (I’ve had 2)