When I originally set this exercise up for myself, I decided to pick only one car per category, the first four categories being “utility”, “performance”, “beach house” and “New Wife”. (There were other categories, but not enough cars in each to make the choices interesting.)
The final category was entitled “pure indulgence”, and the choices boiled down to the Dino Ferrari or one of the Jag E-types:
After long and often painful contemplation, I first picked the Jag.
…and not too many people would disagree with that choice. It’s beyond-words beautiful, and the 4.2-liter engine… ’nuff said.
Must say, though, that I’m not too enamored to have a convertible with black upholstery, living as I do in the Texas Oven. So I went back and looked at the Dino:
It remains, in my opinion, the most beautiful Ferrari ever made: curves that resemble a gorgeous woman lying on her side, that sweet little 2.4-liter engine purring / snarling right behind your head… and this one is not in Ferrari Showoff Red, but in a discreet brushed silver, with tan upholstery.
But, but, but… I already had a sports car — the fantastic Iso Grifo. So maybe what I needed was something sumptuous: a luxury car that I could drive around on long road trips. Something like the 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300:
The 300 (W186 body) was designed to be able to drive all day on the highway at top speed without breaking, and it was (and still is) one of the most reliable cars ever made. (For more info, read about it here.)
Heavy, stately, luxurious and dependable. Sounds a little like me, come to think of it.
And a worthy choice, to accompany the four others.