$100,000 Fantasy Garage Challenge: That Car Guy
Let's see... a hundred grand for garage toys. Where to start?
How about our brand new vehicle first. For that, I'd get a 2-door Jeep Wrangler Sport, which is their base model. And from their somewhat limited palette, I'd get this color called Commando Green, which looks somewhat military to me.
I built and priced one; they come standard with tilt, cruise, traction control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lamps, a 285-hp V-6, a 6-speed manual, and more. Oh yeah, it also has 4WD standard... a Jeep without 4WD? Heresy!
The only options I'd want are air conditioning and a hard top; soft tops are just way too noisy on the highway. Its Grand Retail Total, minus shipping, is $24,085. Not bad.
Why get a Jeep? Well, I've always liked them, they make great service vehicles, if you get stuck it's your fault, and despite new model year updates, I think we know pretty much what the next one will look like.
Next would be a 1969 Lincoln Continental/Lehmann-Peterson Limousine. I've been fascinated with these as long as I can remember, so the gracious gift of 100 grand would bring me one. I've seen a few advertised around $20,000, so here's the check.
Of course, the 2003 F-150 Super Crew will stay. Its value is hard to define; the Fantasy Garage Challange rules say to figure 12,000 miles a year, which would place it at about 125,000. But this truck has 17,000. That's right... seventeen thousand miles on a truck that's over ten years old. It's also never had a scratch, and it still smells new. But rules is rules, and they say it's worth an even Steven $14,000.
And the 2001 Miata SE is a car that I've said if I ever got rid of, I'd regret doing so. Its book value is $8,925.
A high performance touring car must be had. How about a Porsche 928, one of my most lusted-after cars ever. Pinning down an exact year would be difficult, but I found this pristine 1979 example on craigslist for $9,500 obo.
I had the pleasure of driving a 928 GT for about a week, and got spoiled. Of all the cars we sampled on the show, this was the one I hated to see go the most. I told myself I'd have one some day, even if it was 1:18 scale and sat on a shelf.
But for this Challenge I'd probably want a newer one, built after 1991 (The first year and the first USA-marketed car line with dual front airbags). So let's guesstimate $18,000 for a really nice one.
1992 and later 928s are called the 928 GTS; their displacement was pushed to 5.4 litres with 345 hp, the bodywork was flared a bit, and they had larger brakes. In short, they were the final, refined form of Porsche's own 911-killer.
I'm including a 2013 Honda CBR500R, since I've done plunked down the deposit on one. Delivery date should be in April, hopefully sooner. $5,999 is its MSRP, but the dealer wanted $400 for freight, $400 to unfreight it, and $149 to stuff some papers into a drawer. We're not counting those costs in this Challenge, but be prepared for them when you go shopping.
Oh, and I'm getting a $250 rear cowl (Shown) to replace the passenger's seat.. so that comes to $6,249 before negotiations. We're also not counting sales tax, tags, title, license fees, and new riding gear here.
I want to keep Mom's 2003 Mazda Tribute, both as a daily driver and a rememberance of her. The little SUV does many things well; it's not too big, not too small, carries 4 people comfortably with their luggage, and makes a great grocery-getter. Our vehicle value source puts its worth at $8,575.
OK, so the grand total here is $99,834. But running the range from a work vehicle to sport performance to all-out luxury with class to 2-wheeled fun, this is my fantasy garage. And I'm very thankful that much of it is already here, or at least will be soon.