I love buying (and driving) cars and there seems to be no end to the list of cars I’d like to own at some stage in my life. Accordingly, here’s a list of the cars that keep my mind ticking over, cars that get my motor running and keep me motivated, planning and scheming.
I’ve called this my 2012 list because it seems like a few cars drop off my radar every year, only to be replaced with new shiny objects that pique my interest for one reason or another. None of them present a particularly urgent case but they’re all things I’d like to own at some stage.
Some loose criteria that I considered….
I am not a wealthy man so none of these cars should be crazy expensive. All should present a reasonable proposition for purchase at some time over the next 25 years or so. This is a bucket list, remember.
Most of the cars on this list will be ‘second cars’ rather than daily drivers.
The cars shown in the photos (click to enlarge) are all available for sale right now, at the prices mentioned. In no particular order:
The car I’m most likely going to buy next, to be used as both a daily driver and weekend load lugger. The Brumby (or Brat as it was known in US) is known for its longevity and versatility. Good examples don’t cost much, are still sought after and hold their value pretty well.
I’m more likely to get one like the example at the rear, but the one at the front is selling for $5.5K right now.
Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon
Also a likely near-term proposition, to replace our current Saab 9000 when it gives up the ghost or becomes too severe an uneconomic proposition. The 9-5 Wagon is a modern Saab classic and in Aero form is a true Saab sleeper. It looks great, is well equipped, is supremely safe and just eats up the miles (in very quick fashion if you need it, too).
The Aero Wagon below is for sale at $16K right now. Non-Aero wagons can be had for as little as $5K but I’d be happy to pay more for peace of mind.
Saab 9-3 Viggen
I considered a Viggen when I bought my Alfa GTV6 a few months ago. I came very close to buying it, too. Another modern Saab classic. A car that took the company to a place many people really wanted it to go, but didn’t occupy for nearly long enough. Much maligned, much loved, and fantastic value at current prices.
This is the car that I nearly bought a few months ago and it’s still for sale at an amazing price of $11,000
Mid-80’s Porsche 911
For many, the classic 911. Air cooled, flat-six and the most classic Porsche lines. This is a model and a marque that I just have to own at one stage of my life. The most desirable from this period is the Carrera with the 3.2 litre engine and the G50 gearbox.
You can buy a mid-80’s 911 for $25K if you look hard enough, but there’s no such thing as a cheap Porsche and at that money, it’s a crap shoot. Decent hardtops start at around $40K (which is where I’d be if I were looking, which I’m not) and this low-miler is for sale at the moment for $56K
Porsche Boxster S
The early Boxsters were somewhat maligned as being underpowered and perhaps even cheapening the brand. The Boxster S is a true driver’s roadster, however, with plenty of grunt and superb balance. Get the right model and it looks pretty decent, too.
Boxsters can be had for as little as $20K here in Oz, but the S will start at $30K. This one’s for sale for $32K right now.
I’d love a classic muscle car at some stage of my life and if I were to choose just one, this would be it. I also have a somewhat silly ambition to one day own a car from the year I was born and the Challenger is right there in the running. To be honest, this is one of the less realistic options on this list. They’re expensive and by the time I got to buying one they’ll be even rarer (and more expensive) than what they are now. As the poster says, however, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, so it’s on the list as an aspirational goal I’ll like to aim for one day.
This one’s for sale for $52,000 here in Australia, which is a typical price for one of these. The new Challenger R/T, a low volume import, sells for over $140,000!!!
Saab Sonett III
Another birth-year possibility, the Sonett has been on my list for a long time. I finally got to drive one back in 2010 and it was a wonderful experience – so light, low, and heaps of fun. It’s a definite possibility, though the logistics present a bigger challenge than anything else on this list as there are probably less than 10 of them in Australia so it means importing one from the USA.
The good news for Sonett owners is that prices seem to be appreciating. This one’s for sale right now at around US$7,000
Alfa Romeo 105 Series GTV
The classic Alfa. I’m not sure anything needs to be said. I’d prefer a 1750 and if possible, one of the earlier ones with the Batwing seats. Just a beautiful, elegant and fun car.
Prices range from $10K right up to $30K. This 1970 model (birth year!) is selling fro $27K right now.
Perhaps this is my concession to ageing, but if I’m going to get a Merc it’s got to be a V8 and it’s got to be an SL. The good news is that there are plenty of them around, they’re not appreciating in price much at all and they should last forever with the right amount of maintenance.
Currently for sale at $31,000
The previous generation RS Megane was one I considered when I bought by GTV6 a few months ago (along with the Viggen). This is too new/expensive for consideration right now, but a definite prospect in 5 years time. The RS Megane is the hottest of hot hatches IMHO and one day, a 250 Cup model like the one below will be mine.
Currently for sale at $43,000 but is basically brand new.
I’m thinking about the future here. Right now an XKR is well and truly beyond my means, but hopefully in 20 years it’ll be more affordable. Hopefully gasoline will still be affordable, too. Jaguar was one of my first motoring interests. My dad gave me a book about them when I was around 12 or 13 years old and I used to sit in school and draw them in my textbooks. One day…..
Currently for sale at $129K (but will be much more affordable in 20 years)