My Top-Ten Cars of All Time
Well, hopefully the title is relatively self-explanatory. No rhyme or reason to my rankings, just the ones I wouldn’t mind owning. Without further adieu, here is my top-ten list of my favorite cars.
10: 1981 Pontiac Firebird
Always been a fan of these. A guy in my neighborhood had one of these and I swooned over it for a long time. Then, as I got older, my tastes changed somewhat. Don’t get me wrong, if one of these was parked in my driveway…I wouldn’t bitch.
9: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
1963 was the year that the split-window Corvette came and went. A true icon, the split-window Corvette is sadly something close to a unicorn for most collectors. There are some beautiful ones still out there, but the numbers are dwindling.
8: Toyota Supra
Mean Japanese muscle in an unassuming car. There’s a reason the original cornball movie The Fast & the Furious had the protagonist finding one of these and restoring it before blowing everybody away on the drag strip. Just a slick piece of machinery. And rumors have it coming back with a BMW engine…
7: Rolls-Royce Wraith
It’s a freakin’ Rolls-Royce. It has suicide doors. It has a 402 cubic inch engine with 624 horsepower. It has Bolivian Rosewood adorning the interior. If this isn’t the epitome of luxury mixed with power, I don’t know what could be.
6: 1952 Buick Straight Eight
Hard to find a good photo of this awesome machine. When someone brings up the “old days,” this is the type of car you imagine sitting in the driveway of the suburban white picket fenced-neighborhood, as the adults sit around drinking Manhattans discussing fedoras.
5: Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
To me, Aston Martin has won the style wars. Their vehicles have gorgeous lines and pack a lot of power under the hood. But they don’t skimp behind the wheel, either. Plenty of comfort features and luxury awaits. The Vanquish is the embodiment of cool.
4: 1930 Duesenberg J255 Torpedo
Just look at the picture. I don’t have to write anything about what makes this one of the most awesome vehicles of all time. The picture says it all.
3: 1974 Dodge Monaco
The freakin’ Blues-mobile! Anyone that knows me at all knew that this car would pop up on the list sooner-or-later. I can’t picture a more iconic vehicle from any movie (besides maybe the DB5 from the James Bond franchise.) I remember being 16 with $500 in that I saved up going to the police auction with my father hoping to come home with a beauty like the Blues Brother’s car. Alas, instead we saw a lot of garbage that day instead, but my dream still hasn’t fizzled. I’ll find one!
2: 1959 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible
It’s hard to tell from the photo, but the 1959 El Dorado is almost 19' long. Compare that to, say, a common Malibu at less than 16' and it’s a major difference. The curves, the fins in the back, and the convertible just make the 1959 El Dorado stand out from the crowd. If there’s one vehicle on this list that may not be attainable based on the market and scarcity, this would be it. Perhaps I’ve found my white whale after all.
1: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454
Yep, there it is. Enough power and torque out of the showroom to pull the front wheels off the ground. When people say the words “muscle car” a lot of people think of GTOs or Camaros, but there is no comparison to the workhorse that was the Chevelle. You could drive it to work everyday and still be able to blow people away in the quarter mile at night. Nothing screams power and drips cool like the 1970 Chevelle SS454
There you have it, my top-ten cars of all time. That was actually a little more difficult than I expected it to be, but it was certainly enjoyable. Next Friday, I’ll have my top-ten list of guilty-pleasure movies! What do you think should make the list?