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Twizzy’s Top Ten – Cars I’d Love to Own by Matt
February 1, 2010, 10:16 pm
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It’s all ironic considering I drive an old HiLux yet have such a passion for fine cars. Anyway, that doesn’t matter. Here’s my list of 10 cars that I would love to have in my posession. This isn’t just a list of cars I like, it’s ten cars that given the opportunity, I want to own. Truth be told, if I had to pleasure of owning just one of these I’d be mighty happy. Even the chance to drive one… now I’m getting desperate. Read on!

– t

So here we go, in no particular order other than the ease of finding a decent picture…

1. Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso (1963)

Honestly one of the most beautiful cars ever created in my opinion. Whilst the SWB (short wheel base) and Testa Rossa versions of the 250 seem to be more popular, the Lusso (Luxury) almost seems cooler for it’s nonchalant approach to performance. The longer nose and more natural curves are simply stunning, and as many have remarked; the proportions on this car are near on perfect. Taking nearly 3 months to built, and only 350 being made in a little over 18 months, it remains near the top of my list of cars I would love to own.

2. Citroën DS (1955)

This particular polarises opinion. You either love it or hate it, for me it’s definitely in the former category. From the tapered profile, the covered rear wheels to the indicators sitting up on the roofline, there’s something so undeniably French about the way the DS looks and it has charm that can’t be replicated. Consider that the DS was released in 1955 after 18 years of development, that’s right the car you see here was available to buy 55 years ago! This car pre-dates the ’57 Chevy and was on the roads when people could still buy a brand new FJ Holden! In a time when kids were drinking Cherry Coke, this car featured hydropneumatic suspension for goodness sake! The DS remained in production for 20 years, and my personal favourite interpretation was the 3rd generation with it’s quad directional headlights. To me, this car is automotive art. A combination of beauty and innovation.

3. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (2005)

Heralding the first car to be produced by the little car racing gang in Woking since the F1 road car, the SLR was considered by many journalists as a failed product. McLaren had created an amazing vehicle, made from lightweight materials like Carbon Fibre and aluminium but Mercedes proceeded to weight it down with electronics until it weighed in at nearly 2 tonnes. Coupled with the fact it was only available as with an automatic transmission and notoriously bad brake feel, nobody seemed to rate the SLR as a true hypercar. Instead branding it as a Grand Tourer (GT). Despite this, the SLR still maintains devastating performance, helped no doubt by that gem of an engine from Mercedes’ tuning arm AMG. The sound that the hand built 5.4-litre supercharged V8 is immense, and I’d be so lucky to be able to hear it thump away as I fired down a deserted road. Visually the thing is stunning, and in my view a much better adaptation of the classic “gullwing” Merc than the recent SLS. Those frontal exiting exhausts, the never-ending nose that pulls some autobot-esque moves to reveal that amazing piece of german hot-rod engineering beneath it. Jay Leno branded this as “the supercar you can drive every day” and that’s something that can’t be bad in my view. For me this represents the best german supercar in decades, challenged only by the even-more-mythical Porsche Carrera GT. Unlike the SLS or the universally loved Audi R8, the SLR has character, and I’m a sucker for the big thing.

4. Ford Falcon XY GT-HO Phase III (1971)

The ultimate Aussie muscle car. Whilst the americans were busy with their huge 2 doors, the madmen at Ford Australia shoved their formidable 351c.i. Cleveland V8 into the Falcon sedan (as it had been doing for years), added the option of the “HO” (Handling Option) package and sent them racing. Only 300 were ever built, which included the ones raced in touring car events (most famously around Mount Panorama, Bathurst). The XY is the final, fastest and most famous of the HO’s. With power ranging from 270-280kw in 1971 (mind-boggling) the XY GT-HO was reputed to be the world’s fasts production 4-door car. Today the GT legend lives on, none greater than that embodied by this Australian icon. Nowadays the price of a genuine GT-HO sits around the $750,000 – $1,000,000 mark. Just awesome.

5. BMW E9 3.0 CSL (1973)

What happens when your racing cars struggle from aerodynamic problems? Why you make a bodykit for it. Because of homologation rules, this meant that the CSL had to come with the bodykit from the factory, however this caused problems when it was deemed illegal to fit the kit in Germany. The solution? Put it in the boot! That’s right, the 3.0 CSL came without the bodykit fitted, ingenious! Dubbed the “Batmobile” for its outrageous looks when fitted with the aerodynamic aids, the beautiful lines of the E9 3.0 meant that with or without the additions the car looked stunning. With a 3.2L straight six under that shark-nosed bonnet and famous BMW handling characteristics it remains a legend.

6. Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (2008)

When Lamborghini was bought out by Volkswagen you’d be forgiven for thinking that the German mindset would destroy the Italian insanity that the raging bull is so famous for. Luckily this is anything but true. It seems that the only thing that Lamborghini lost was the bad parts of being Italian, like reliability. Often overshadowed by its bigger brother, the Murcielargo, the Gallardo always held its own in the performance stakes but lacked a little flare. The Superleggera was great, but it was just a Gallardo with a wing. Then, inspired by the instantly famous Reventon’s jet fighter cues, the LP560-4 was born. To me this represents everything a Lamborghini should be. The new lines only accentuate that brilliant wedge shape, and in virginal white with optional cordelia wheels it becomes what I believe is the best looking supercar currently in production. And then there’s the sound that V10 makes…

7. Audi B7 RS4 Quattro Avant (2006)

Ever since the original came out only in Avant (wagon) form, I was intrigued by the notion of a blisteringly fast wagon. The idea that you could slay old men in their souped up falcodores and porsches and still carry around a load of mates and groceries is something that I think is brilliant. That said, I never quite liked the bigger and more powerful RS6 version, for some reason it didn’t have the same character. The latest version drops the original’s twin turbo V6 for a naturally aspirated V8 that sounds bloody fantastic. For years this has honestly been a realistic dream car of mine, still a few years to go at this rate though… I’ll take one in Sprint Blue Pearl please!

8. BMW E30 M3 (1986)

If you’re wondering why this car is here, you probably aren’t that into cars. During its 6 years of production the M3 competed in just about every form of motorsport everywhere in the world. From touring cars to rallying, the first M3 has done it all. In a lot of ways it remains the only M3 to really live up to its racing heritage as well, with it being built with homologation for Group A in mind. Nowadays the M3 is a force to be reckoned with on the road, often unparalleled in performance, but it lacks the raw race car edginess of its great grandfather. In an era where cars were lifeless econoboxes, the M3 makes square sexy, and wins my heart. I would love nothing more than to take one for a drive along a mountain road somewhere here in Queensland.

9. McLaren F1 (1992)

I’m pretty sure everyone in the world at some point marvelled at the McLaren F1. For years it held the crown as the world’s fastest production car. Set in 1998 it topped out at 391km/h. This was set in a car running a naturally aspirated BMW sourced V12 engine. Only 3 cars have surpassed this mark, all requiring artificial aspiration and vastly more power to overcome the F1’s record. The car featured an amazing lack of technology in areas such as traction control and anti-lock brakes, which Ron Dennis explains as taking away driving feel. There is no doubt that the McLaren F1 is a hardcore drivers car of the utmost calibre, and that’s reflected in its fiery reputation for requiring real driving finesse to get the most from the car. This car really is a modern classic, and to own one would be an honour.

10. McLaren MP4-12C (2011)

Ok, so first off it isn’t actually in production at the moment. But much like its predecessor, the McLaren F1, the MP4-12C looks set to change the way we think of supercars. Gordan Murray tells us that this will be cheaper, faster, and more economical than all of its competitors, and I’m one to believe him. Visually many people seem underwhelmed, but I think it possesses all of the things a good supercar should. Its been accused of looking like the Lotus Evora, but is that such a bad thing? I mean, nobody complains that the newest Jaguar XK looks like an Aston Martin? This car will also mark the first time McLaren will build their own engine, something quite exciting indeed. The car will also bring over more than its fair share of Formula 1 sourced technology, which is ironic considering what the F1 road car stood for. Needless to say, there’s a good chance this car will be as revolutionary as just about everything else to come from the Woking based race car builder started by a New Zealander.


7 Comments so far
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Number 7 booooooooooooo!!!!! Where is a GTR!!!

Comment by Taz

We love the collage at the top. That’s a nice way to display your top ten all together! Nice list!

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come on what about the 1968 Ford Mustang 390 Fastback? made famous in bullitt

Comment by designjerk

Without a doubt I’d choose no. 10 McLaren MP4-12C (2011). besides it’s classy look, I just love the interior design and it’s color. I must say your selections of cars are great.

Comment by brandy2424

If I was going to choose a Mustang it would be either the original Shelby GT300, or the a ’69 Mach 1.

Comment by twizm

no love for Aston Martin?

Comment by seioz

the SLR McLaren should be replaced by the benz 300sl
besides that nice list twiz

Comment by knox

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