If money were no object, what would be waiting for you in your dream garage? Every classic car aficionado has a private wish list, and everyone’s list is different: maybe it features the first car you ever owned, or the signature car from a movie you love, or something so rare or astronomically expensive that owning one will probably only ever be a daydream.
Here’s our ultimate wishlist of classics – are any of yours on here?
Ferrari 250 GTO
Ferrari 250 GTOs have the honour of being some of the priciest cars ever sold – in 2012, the GTO made for F1 legend Stirling Moss sold for $38 million, only for this record to be smashed a year later when another went for $52 million. This alone might be enough to put them on any most-coveted list, and with only 36 genuine models in existence, will their value go any way but north?
Series 1 Jaguar E-Type
Quite simply one of the best-looking cars ever made, the E-Type’s rare beauty even earned it a permanent spot in the New York City Museum of Modern Art. It’s the definitive Jag and, in its day, was hailed as the car that made sports cars affordable. Everyone’s got an opinion on their favourite series, but we went with the original – it’s the one that cleaves closest to the gorgeous stylings of 1950s Jags, while still offering that thrilling E-Type driving experience.
Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupé
Let’s be honest – it’s a rare classic car enthusiast that would turn down any one of the six Daytona Coupés ever made. The car that beat Ferrari still stands as a masterpiece of engineering and design, and had the distinction of putting the USA on the map when it came to building sports cars to be reckoned with. All six Shelbys will be reunited at this year’s Goodwood Revival in September, giving attendees the rare chance to see these marvellous machines in action.
Aston Martin DB5
There are Bond cars and there are Bond cars, and then there’s the Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 made its Bond debut in Goldfinger and appeared in six films since, most recently Skyfall. It’s the ultimate grand tourer, turning heads everywhere it goes, and – despite requiring a bit of familiarity to get the most out of it – it’s a joy to drive. The silver screen collection alone should be enough to put the DB5 on any wishlist, but those who’ve had the pleasure of taking one on the road know it can walk the walk too.
For many people, this is the definitive muscle car – although the idea of putting big engines in mid-sized cars stretches back to the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, the Pontiac GTO is the car that convinced General Motors to embrace the trend, leading to numerous imitations from both GM brands and competitors. Although originally intended for racing, the “Goat” proved immensely popular with America’s rebellious youth, and 50 years on, it’s still just as big a hit with (perhaps not so young) classic car enthusiasts.