Fill Your Dream Garage: Three Slots, $25,000 Budget

Colin
By Colin Wood
Apr 24, 2021 | Dream Garage

Photograph Courtesy RM Sotheby's

Let's say that you are given $25,000 to fill your dream garage, with the only rule being you must buy three cars—no other strings attached.

So, what would you buy? Three cars that go together or completely different machines? Everything from the same marque, or keep your portfolio diversified?

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DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) UltimaDork
4/20/21 7:16 a.m.

The best stock R53 MINI I can find, a low mileage NA/NB Miata, and some grandfather's pristine Lexus LS400...........can you tell I'm about to turn 69?

Placemotorsports
Placemotorsports GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/20/21 7:50 a.m.

$25000 for 3 cars is a bad dream

JAdams
JAdams New Reader
4/20/21 8:02 a.m.

cleanest Low mileage NA Miata for modding

cleanest low mileage first generation double cab 4x4 Tundra I can find 

dual sport motorcycle for offroad shenanigans 

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 HalfDork
4/20/21 8:08 a.m.

BMW e36 m3. VW Thing. 2002 - 2004 Escalade for tow duty.  

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
4/20/21 8:11 a.m.

Three brand new, bone stock, stick shift, Mitsubishi Mirage hatchbacks.

Start spec racing series based on above purchase.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
4/20/21 8:27 a.m.

My current Civic built the way I want it. My Honda Element with some fixes/mods. Early 90s imported classic Mini.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/20/21 8:45 a.m.

Only on GRM are you given a budget that averages under $8500 each for three dream cars ;)

I'm going to pick three from my stable: 1985 CRX Si, Jeep XJ all-arounder, 1966 Cadillac sedan de Ville. That should give me enough to buy really nice examples of each. Gives some nice variety: 4, 6 and 8 cylinders, FWD, 4WD, RWD. Automatic, manual. 1900-4500 lbs. 10-33 mpg :)

Or, for bonus points, I get the twin-engined Car and Driver CRX. WIth some negotiation, I think that's attainable in the budget.

barefootskater (Shaun)
barefootskater (Shaun) PowerDork
4/20/21 9:11 a.m.

I like VCH's idea but not enough to copy it. 
 

my categories are: comfy family cruiser, utility work pig, toy. 
 

1: my current MGM was bought for $3700 all told 

2: barn-door big-block 'Burban. Betting $7000 buys the nicest one there is, so the work pig I'd buy should be roughly $4k.

3: currently obsessed with Twins, and the remaining $17300 should buy a decent early car with budget for suspension and exhaust/tune. 
 

final answer, Regis. 

asphalt_gundam
asphalt_gundam Reader
4/20/21 9:12 a.m.

Dream Garage filled (3 cars) for $25,000....unlikely. 3 Project cars maybe.....But if you handed me 25K and an empty garage its going to be 3 Hotwheels and Tools, Tools, Tools!!!!1

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
4/20/21 9:16 a.m.

1) $12K Seuqoia mild overland build.

2) $5k Rav4 daily/beater

3) $8k NA/NB or NC Miata autox toy.  Either 2.5 NC or NB with boost.  10" wheels, 245s.  Competitive in local unlimited-ish street tire class.

yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/20/21 9:21 a.m.

3 w108's. 

KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
4/20/21 9:29 a.m.

I think I'm there.  I'm 10K deep in a turbo NA build right now, and $7500 each for the VR6 Passat DD sportwagon and 2004 QS Suburban tow pig/family hauler.

Look at me with a dream garage!

 

itsarebuild
itsarebuild Dork
4/20/21 9:30 a.m.

Hard to do this when my 5 current cars are worth less that 25k already. Can I just buy more garages?

bmw88rider
bmw88rider GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/20/21 9:34 a.m.

If I had to chose, 

D21 Nissan with the K24DE and 4WD. Drop some gears in it and 33s

Keep the Integra in the driveway for ripping around town

The best 944S2 I can find with the remaining budget. 

AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter)
AWSX1686 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/20/21 9:37 a.m.

Wouldn't change much from what I have except to have nicer ones of each. 

NA/NB Miata, maybe boosted, maybe V6 swapped. Tight within budget unless I'm doing it myself as planned.

e28, 5 speed. Current is automatic and paint is terrible. Nice looking (non M5) ones pop up for 5-8k maybe.  

Truck. Currently have a 96 F350, into it maybe $3500, and I'm pretty happy with it.  

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
4/20/21 9:46 a.m.

3 E36 M3boxes.

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/20/21 9:48 a.m.

Are these the only 3 vehicles I can have?

RossD
RossD MegaDork
4/20/21 9:52 a.m.

1.6 liter Miata.

1964-1966 Thunderbird with the 429

Later Grand Wagoneer with an LS swap and the real early round headlight and center chrome grille.

That should be less than $25k, since I like scruffy cars.

STM317
STM317 UberDork
4/20/21 10:05 a.m.

1. Minitruck of some sort to handle truck stuff. Manual trans. Could be made to handle or lifted for offroad functionality to pull double duty. $5-7k

2. Late 70s mid 80s American wagon. Fairmont, Malibu, etc for a fun, unique family cruiser with enough aftermarket to tweak it over time. $8-10k

3. Lexus GS/LS400. Something that I wouldn't have to touch. Modern-ish safety and comfort for the whole family. $8-10k

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
4/20/21 10:47 a.m.

Acro-Sport II biplane, pre-69 GM 4 door hardtop, and a $500 motorcycle project. 

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
4/20/21 10:55 a.m.

So they have to be stock, or can they be modified with that being in the budget? 

SVreX (Forum Supporter)
SVreX (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/20/21 11:25 a.m.

I already own it- almost. 
 

- Ford F-150 crew can with a 3.5L Ecoboost

- R53 JCW

- 1931 Ford Model A Tudor SURVIVOR. No mods at all. 
 

I've $27,200 in them. With a little better shopping...

 

I might trade the Tudor for a Cabriolet with a rumble seat, but that might break the budget.  I'd probably want an R53 in a different color than I've got. 
 

I'd consider a turbo Miata instead of the R53, but it would break the budget. 

Hungary Bill (Forum Supporter)
Hungary Bill (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
4/20/21 11:34 a.m.

First gen Toyota 4-Runner

 

Mazda RX8

 

Lada 1200, and i'd swap in a Fiat twin cam and work the hell out of the chassis.

Tom1200
Tom1200 SuperDork
4/20/21 12:13 p.m.

I'm 2/3s of the way there now.

72 Datsun 1200 vintage race car - $9,071.00

87 Novakar F500 vintage race car - $6,700.00

That leaves me $9,229.00 for a clean NA Miata. 

 

SVreX (Forum Supporter)
SVreX (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/20/21 12:36 p.m.

In reply to Tom1200 :

Pete's is half that. 

AaronT
AaronT Reader
4/20/21 12:45 p.m.

KA100 race kart raced once: $5k

A lightly modded Miata: 10-15

a beater tow vehicle with the rest.

k20a2DC2
k20a2DC2 New Reader
4/20/21 12:49 p.m.

For me Definitely would be these 3 cars

1. A cleaner body 96-00 Acura Integra with R front end to convert all my Integra parts to along with my k20 swap.

2. 1970 -1972 Datsun 510 that's relatively solid body-wise, it doesn't have to be finished.

3. A 1980 AMC Eagle  Id make it run be like an off-road, streetcar, but a tow rig also. Not sure lol

I make it so I could buy more tools though for sure at least some fabrication or used milling machine at least be.. $25000 3 cars I could do it though.  I was stuck between the AMC eagle or an old Merkur XR4TI with 2.3 turbo

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
4/20/21 1:02 p.m.

About 2017 to 2020 I had a pretty good driveway.  

Two Infiniti Q45s.  The white , near pristine w/ 69k miles but hail damage.  The 10 place finisher of $2015 Challenge.  Drove it 1,000 to The Challenge, beat on it for a full day and then drove it home 1,000 miles.  No breakage!   Also competed in Roadkill Zip Tie Drags making it 3 rounds out of 5.

The green was rough but bought with a 5 speed manual trans and 3rd pedal.  Dragged and autox'ed many times.  Would have been my 2018 Challenger but family matter kept me away.  

I had $4000 into the 2 cars, total.  

The Sumo Wrestler, the 2001 Montero.  Road ready, I had $2000 into this truck.  Just 2 weeks after buying it, we took it on a week long family vacation to N. Michigan for over 1,000 round trip miles that included two days of Michigan Off Road Routes.  No failures.

The Gov't Mule 2006 Ford F-250 for doing truck things.  Lets say $3,000 to get it on the road.

Shown above towing P4, the 4th Prius I've bought.  High miles at 188k but extensive dealer service history including the PO buying 4 tires at the dealership.  All, in, going down the road for $1,019.  I still have it, now w/203k miles

 

Recap:
V8 sedan stuff for drag and autox with room for kids in the back.
4X4 stuff
Truck stuff
44 mpg stuff

Grand total: $10,019

Oh yeah...

Convertible stuff: I also have a 1990 Miata that I bought in 1993 for $10,500.  It now has just 101k miles.  

Luckily, I have an odd driveway that can park 8 cars and none are blocked in by one another.  

Then, during all this, my wife has always had a minivan of some sort.  

Tactical Penguin
Tactical Penguin SuperDork
4/20/21 1:12 p.m.

An early 2000's vintage Land Cruiser or LX470, a similar vintage Lexus LS430, and a Yamaha Vmax to round things out.

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter)
AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) Dork
4/20/21 1:18 p.m.

Okay I can play too.  
 

1). 2000 Porsche Boxster S.  I paid $9900.

2). 2002 Subaru RS rallycross car.  I paid $4k.

3).  1996 Camaro SS bought for CAM autoX, HPDE and maybe drag racing fun.  I paid $3500 but it needs a lot of TLC.  
 

If I could find the right cars and use the full budget, 2) might be a WRX or a GC RS and 3) would be a 98-02 LS powered SS.

 

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/20/21 1:44 p.m.

Nice Mk1 Rabbit and a nice NA or NB Miata.   3rd car?  I don't know right now, but a Mirage stick is kind of intriguing...

 

80sFast
80sFast Reader
4/20/21 2:22 p.m.

RCSB 5.7 4x4 Tundra

MR-S

Trailer

Rodan
Rodan Dork
4/20/21 2:29 p.m.

Does the $25k include time travel to 2001 to buy the cars?

 

LopRacer
LopRacer Dork
4/20/21 2:38 p.m.

This is the Honda fan boy in me can handle it answer.

1: 2007/2008 Honda Fit nicest I can find (k20 swap would be awesome) ~ 8-10k max

2: My beloved and very ridden hard 1989 Civic Si, It's not even worth 3k

3: The nicest first generation Ridgeline I can find with AWD and a tow hitch that fits in the budget

I am boring and predictable. Damn

Or The might as well light some of the money on fire option.

1: A Porsche 911 of some sort. 15k (real basket case no doubt in this price bracket)

2: Still with my beloved 1989 Civic Si (really attached to that car) 3k

3: What ever Ridgeline/Pilot/CRV I can still afford with the remaining budget. (I kinda need a family size car and AWD is a plus in the snow) 6k

mtn
mtn MegaDork
4/20/21 2:42 p.m.

My dream garage at $25k has either 4 vehicles, or else for 3 vehicles my dream garage costs a lot more. 


Best I can do for $25k and 3 cars:

  • ZHP 330 convertible
  • Minivan
  • Honda Ridgeline

 

$25k and 4 vehicles:

  • ZHP 330 convertible
  • Minivan
  • 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton truck, extended cab or crew cab
  • Luxobarge of some variety

3 vehicles, "reasonable but more than $25k budget"

  • Jeep Gladiator
  • S2000/Boxster/Corvette
  • Minivan
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter)
Dusterbd13-michael (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/20/21 2:42 p.m.

Umm...

Can i use the 25k for a bigger garage instead? Cause i already have a pretty awesome trio of cars....

 

The dream garage of mine to add would be:

1996-1999 neon acr sedan in black

Track t kit car with gm 60*v6

Bagged service body 1ton truck 

GM > MG
GM > MG New Reader
4/20/21 3:58 p.m.

Easy:

1974 Chevy Luv Pickup 4WD - The Truck

1978 Porsche 924 - The Sports Car

1988 Mercedes Benz 190E - The Cruising Car

I think I could do that for 25K...

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
4/20/21 4:29 p.m.

BG chassis 323 with a BP swap, GTR turbo bits, COP conversion, Jim Pierce front and rear subframes and arms, GC coilovers, E85 conversion and PAR gearbox and limited slip

 

Volvo 240, 16v head swap, quaiffe steering rack quickener, 4.84 rear end, limited slip, JVAB suspenders. 

 

Manual AWD Element with a 6th gear swap from a TSX. 

RWRhein
RWRhein GRM+ Member
4/20/21 4:32 p.m.

1) Mazda FD track car w/ LS1 & T-56 trans -$20k

2) Formula Ford w/ twin cam 1.6 L - $11k

3) MB W123 240D 4spd stick - $4k

Lest we think this is outside of the $35 budget, I've seen these cars transact at these values in the past 120 days; FD local to me and the others on online auctions this crowd commonly uses! 
 

 

 

RWRhein
RWRhein GRM+ Memberand New Reader
4/20/21 4:40 p.m.

Ooops...typical in my life, I budget poorly. It's $25k, not $35k. 
 

So the Mazda FD stays on the list. But this time it's a high mileage stock rotary @ $15. I bought one 2 years ago. 

Lotus Seven S4 @ $6k


MB W123 240D 4spd stick @ $4k

Same transaction criteria.
 

gszczyrbak
gszczyrbak New Reader
4/20/21 5:58 p.m.

 

- First Gen (2008-2009) Mazdaspeed 3

- Early 5th Gen (2005-) Mustang GT

- Whatever Sequoia or other suitable

tow vehicle I can get with the leftover. 

earlybroncoguy1
earlybroncoguy1 New Reader
4/20/21 9:50 p.m.

25K is not going to buy anybody's "dream" car. But, I'll play:

5.0 Mustang notch

'66 Chevy C10 shortbed big window cab

late model Crown Vic ex cop car

 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
4/20/21 9:53 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

mk1 Ford Capri - want to do an RS 3100 style build with a Mustang 3.7 / 6-speed drivetrain

NC MX-5 for EV conversion

80's El Camino for the Challenge

This is honestly why I'm trying to find the right house to buy.  These three cars + a motorcycle or two.

dxman92
dxman92 Dork
4/21/21 12:00 a.m.

I'm happy with my Fit. I'd pay it off, get a set of winter wheels/tires and get a 4x6 utility trailer. Hell, I need a new garage and fence more than I need another car.

03Panther
03Panther SuperDork
4/21/21 1:20 a.m.
barefootskater (Shaun) said:

2: barn-door big-block 'Burban. Betting $7000 buys the nicest one there is, so the work pig I'd buy should be roughly $4k.

Sadly, not even close on the 7 grand. However a work pig you'd be ok with could be found no prob for your 4K

03Panther
03Panther SuperDork
4/21/21 1:25 a.m.

I can find an old Ford wagon for half that budget. The true dream wagon would tie up most of it.

The cheapest $100 project I can get, just to meet the three car min.

Whatever is left, goes into parts for my 48 F6 COE Technically, that's not buying three cars, so the third decision would depend on how much the wagon costs.

Tk8398
Tk8398 HalfDork
4/21/21 1:51 a.m.

1. 986 Boxster

2.  Isuzu Vehicross (or maybe a Cayenne or Touraeg)

3. An interesting pre 1975 car, maybe a first gen Barracuda. I have seen those for $3500 in repairable project condition.

Olemiss540
Olemiss540 HalfDork
4/21/21 7:24 a.m.

"Totally hypothetical question here guys, build a dream garage from $25k"

GRM hive: What do you think we do for a living?

RaabTheSaab
RaabTheSaab New Reader
4/21/21 10:19 a.m.

This is a game I play with myself a lot. My "dream garage" is modest and probably wouldn't even crack 25k, but I suppose with that budget I could buy the nicest example of each of the following and have enough left over to set them up exactly how I wanted. 

1.) Finish the Saab. I can't imagine this would be more than 4k to strip and reupholster the interior, respray the exterior, and fix some of the wonky body panels. 

2.) NB Miata. I've never owned a Miata, but it's on the list. Seems like NB2s are creeping up lately, but you can still get a good one for about 6k.  

3.)   GMT800 for a tow pig/ camping rig. I don't particularly like the SUV driving experience, but with Ms. Raab itching for a teardrop and our access to land in Montana, it feels like a necessary evil. The GMT800 seems like a good candidate. I've driven a few in my time as a medic in a chase car and they're fine. I'd also be more than happy to sub any early/mid 2000s rust-free SUV (Sequoia, Expedition, etc.)  

Dan Wink
Dan Wink GRM+ Memberand New Reader
4/21/21 11:33 a.m.

Personally- my dream garage won't carry any daily drivers, they can live in the driveway.

 

1.  2002 F350 7.3 Powerstroke 4x4.  Tow rig and the last truck you ever need to buy.  $8500.

2.  1989 Porsche 944.  $10,000

3.  2000 BMW 540 m-sport (6 speed) with some miles.  $6500

 

Done.

Emmett Hodder
Emmett Hodder None
4/21/21 2:04 p.m.

1) NA Miata, any year. Torsen, VVT motor swap, caged, seat and harness, nice suspension. $15,000

2) NA Miata, any year. Nice suspension. $7,000

3) NA Miata, any year. Torsen and snow tires. $3000

akylekoz
akylekoz SuperDork
4/21/21 2:27 p.m.

For an appliance, Japanese SUV, 4Runner or GX 470.

For traveling, German Tourer with manual trans 3 or 5 series BMW and 15 years old.  Or Porsche or Lexus

Track car, 7 clone, MR2, Miata, Mustang, corvette, something ratty and fast.

 

Current garage has mostly none of these.  Expedition, Mazda5, Mustang, but the Mustang is not a ratty track car.  I do however have a ratty mustang Lemons car.

 

 

Carbon (Forum Supporter)
Carbon (Forum Supporter) UberDork
4/21/21 7:29 p.m.

Mr-s, 1198 Ducati, 89-95 hilux. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/21/21 7:31 p.m.

Can I have a time machine?

 

..

 

S60Rs are berking awesome and still trading about $6k...

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/21/21 7:56 p.m.
earlybroncoguy1 said:

25K is not going to buy anybody's "dream" car.

Well, maybe.  What do 106 Rallyes sell for?

jb229
jb229 New Reader
4/22/21 6:56 a.m.

Isuzu Impulse Turbo

Saab 9-3 Turbo

Volvo C30 T5

And enough left to buy Isuzu parts.

malibuguy
malibuguy GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
4/22/21 7:21 a.m.

I would find the cleanest 79 4dr malibu left, preferably in white

100series Land Cruiser

and a red NA miata for the wife

akylekoz
akylekoz SuperDork
4/22/21 2:50 p.m.
akylekoz said:

For an appliance, Japanese SUV, 4Runner or GX 470.

For traveling, German Tourer with manual trans 3 or 5 series BMW and 15 years old.  Or Porsche or Lexus

Track car, 7 clone, MR2, Miata, Mustang, corvette, something ratty and fast.

 

Current garage has mostly none of these.  Expedition, Mazda5, Mustang, but the Mustang is not a ratty track car.  I do however have a ratty mustang Lemons car.

 

 

Wait you say Dream garage?  That means I can choose from my heart not from what will serve me well.

Appliance  -  Land Rover, in my dreams everything works all the time.  Best one I can get for cheap, that will get a super nice 2001.

Traveling -  BMW or Benz with a V12 or TT V12, see rover dream, these will all be as solid as an LS400.

Track car - Maybe a turbo Miata or Supercharged Vette ratty and fast, see above. 

DD - Old Japanese car or small truck or MGB or BiTurbo, or any old Maserati.

In reality these can all be had for $25k.  My reality is that I need at least two reliable vehicles, and prefer the third to be also.

 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) MegaDork
4/22/21 2:58 p.m.
jb229 said:

Isuzu Impulse Turbo

 

The car of my dreams!  Freddy Krueger style.

That's the car that swore me off of piston engines for a good six or seven years, and it was another decade before I thought about trying to own a turbo engined car. 

Beautiful car, but horrific engineering, unless you are a fan of cracked cylinder heads because of the siamesed exhaust valves and the tiny turbo parked right there to concentrate even more heat there.

(backstory: $3000, five head gaskets, and two cylinder heads after I acquired a nonrunner, I got it running long enough to drive to the emissions test center and back!  Got a ride to the shop so I could drive it home, and then... it cracked the cylinder head again.  Beautiful car, but I wished it ran)

preach (fs)
preach (fs) HalfDork
4/22/21 3:33 p.m.

Forgiving that I have more than 3 cars already...if I could only keep 3 it would be:

1. my 1974 914 $700

2. my 1971 Opel GT $3200

3. my 2003 Tacoma ~$6000

That leaves $15,100 to modify the Opel and Porsche.

Perfect.

StilettoSS
StilettoSS New Reader
4/22/21 4:01 p.m.

Halfway decent Karmann Ghia - ~10k

Opel GT - 3.2k

Mk1 Audi TT - ~6.5k

 

 

Curtis73 (Forum Supporter)
Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/22/21 4:50 p.m.

Jaguar X308 Super V8
67 LeMans Convertible (got it)
4x4 Camper Van (working on it)

dherr (Forum Supporter)
dherr (Forum Supporter) Dork
4/23/21 9:22 a.m.

So three cars for 25K, okay I'll play that game 

1967 Triumph TR4A (just picked it up two weeks ago for 7K) - Yeah, was a really good deal that I could not pass up, runs, drives, new interior, but bad paint 

1980 Triumph TR8 (purchased last fall for 8K) - Another good deal, completely restored mechanically, rebuilt engine, with a powder coated suspension, koni shocks, and a new interior, just needs paint to make it perfect - no rust!

2000-2001 Porsche Boxster S - 10K for one needing some work

Don't have one but need one smiley

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
4/23/21 9:55 a.m.

Funny, I have an extra car, but pretty much meet the criteria if I were to take one out.

 

2007 Ford Expedition - bought for about $8k

1994 KBS MK7 F500 racecar. $8k with trailer and all spares.

Either/or   1961 Bugeye sprite OR 1997 Mustang Cobra.  

  • Mustang bought for over budget, but owned for almost 20 years now. Present value something like $10k
  • Bugeye bought for way under budget, but lots of parts and work put into it, present insured value is $10k

 

Question is, do you want the weekend car to be a slow vintage convertible, or a faster V8 ponycar with Aircon.  Both have a place for me.   Thing is, I like having a purpose built racecar and I like it to be fast. F500 is the cheapest way to get there for RR. Drawback is that it is open wheels and that limits things like trackdays, you pretty much go straight to W2W. Theres a place for that slot #3 being a nicer Miata or something for trackdays, though I could do that with the Mustang, I just adhere to not taking something I care about like that car to the track. (it was MY first car that wasnt me borrowing my parents and its a 60k mile creampuff).

 

 

of course, this all disregards my wifes car. But her car is her car. 

dherr (Forum Supporter)
dherr (Forum Supporter) Dork
4/23/21 3:42 p.m.

It is a dream garage, so no transportation appliances or wife's truck unless that is part of your dream.

In thinking it through, I had to pare down my crazy number of cars and eliminate expensive ones like the MSM.  So if was kind of fun to see that I would keep the TR8 and the TR4A and what I then buy for the remaining 10K.  If not the Porsche, then an Alfa GTV6, but they are hard to find for 10K for a good one.

ProDarwin
ProDarwin MegaDork
4/23/21 3:54 p.m.
dherr (Forum Supporter) said:

It is a dream garage, so no transportation appliances or wife's truck unless that is part of your dream.

In that case:

Santa Cruz Bronson or Nomad

Santa Cruz Tallboy

Whatever the CAM equivalent Miata is

 

QuasiMofo (John Brown)
QuasiMofo (John Brown) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/23/21 4:03 p.m.

2021 pricing? Gack!

V8 New Edge Mustang, no engine or transmission.

2006 GMC 2500 van with 6.0L and 4L80e.

$5000 Toyota Camry to daily drive while shuffling the two previously mentioned crap cans into one car.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
4/24/21 11:40 a.m.

Three $8,333.33333333333 Z32 300ZXs...........

dj06482 (Forum Supporter)
dj06482 (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
4/24/21 4:50 p.m.

I'd go with:

1) E46 M3 - $13k  - Edit: looks like prices on these have jumped way up since I last looked - so I'll settle for an e90 6spd (non-turbo).

2) Our current '06 Rav4 V6 - $4k

3) Honda Ridgeline - $8k

 

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
4/24/21 5:56 p.m.

I can't remember the last time I craved a car I don't already have.  Old, tired, lame, I guess.

I might buy a slightly less aged xc90 to replace my 03, then I'd spend the rest of the money to build a fresh engine for my 82 Camaro, finish the paint on the 67 Camaro, paint my B13 Sentra, and get going on  my PL510.

Ha.  I just did a millennial thing and called my 510, which needs no explanation,a PL.

Fun.

Edit: Begs the question, has anybody seen an HL510 in the last 25 years?

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
4/24/21 8:20 p.m.

Its a tough question. Do I pick things I've had and like or different stuff I've always dreamt about?

1987 Monte Carlo SS with a manual trans swap (10K)

1997 GMC 1500 RCSB 305 5-speed for truck stuff (5k)

1967 Firebird. It will be ratty at this price but I want one... (10k)

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
4/24/21 10:31 p.m.

I’m going to leave out straight up race cars because those are disposable.

Fiesta ST, in that awesome orange color. Everyone needs a hot hatch.

LS swapped bubble body Caprice wagon for utility and cruising.

A decent later 944, because Porsche.

Might be able to make that happen with $25k

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