You’ve just won the Grand Prize of a big raffle. The prize is that you get to tour the United States AND Western/Central Europe for six months (in any combination you wish, e.g. four months in the U.S, two in Europe). All expenses and accommodation are paid for. You have your choice of companion: wife, mistress, girlfriend, best buddy, Carol Vorderman, or nobody.
You also have to choose only one car for each continental leg of this trip, which may prove problematic, because they’re all classic cars. However, in the same spirit of the Clarkson trio, you will have a support vehicle driving a couple of miles behind you, so forget about car trouble.
Also: because of the age of the cars, interstate highways and autobahns are not recommended, so you’ll have to use lesser roads e.g. US-50 or US-287, etc.
Here are your choices for the U.S. leg (pick one only):
1932 Stutz DV-32 (5.0-liter straight eight, top speed ~ 100mph)
1934 Packard 1101 Eight Coupe (319 cub.in straight 8, top speed ~ 120mph)
1935 Duesenberg J Walker Grand Torpedo (6.9-liter straight 8, top speed ~ 115mph)
1936 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster (5.3-liter straight 8, top speed ~ 120mph)
Now for the “European leg”. You can choose to tour only the U.K. in one of the three right-hand drive cars — OR only the European continent in one of the three left-hand drive cars:
1936 MG SA Tourer (2-liter inline 4, top speed ~ 80mph)
1938 SS-100 Jaguar Roadster (2.5-liter inline 6, top speed ~ 100mph)
1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 B (2.3-liter inline 6, top speed ~ 105mph)
(I know, it’s not a Brit car; but it is one of the most beautiful Alfas ever made, it’s RHD, and you’ll have a support team, remember?)
1936 Horch 853 A (4.9-liter straight 8, top speed ~ 120mph)
1938 BMW 328 Cabriolet (1.9-liter inline 4, top speed ~ 110mph)
1938 Mercedes 540K Cabrio A (4.9-liter inline 8, top speed ~ 125mph)
Enjoy the trips…