This is basically just a grand list of everything we want. These cars are so cool that we’ve been wishing on a star for them for so long. If we had a dream garage full of anything we wanted – it would be these 25 rides. Check them all out!
25. Lexus LFA
Japanese performance cars have a distinct style and feel. Everything from the body design to the sound of the engine is unique to that country’s automotive industry, and the Lexus LFA is perhaps the purest distillation of all things Japan. These two-seater sports cars are street-legal—in some variations. You’re just as likely to see them on a racetrack, and for good reason.
The 1LR-GUE VTO offers a top speed of 203 miles per hour, with a zero to sixty time of 3.6 seconds. Tested on every race track imaginable, all incarnations of this machine are capable of amazing things. Relatively few were built during the production run (2010-2012) but in your dream garage there’s always a place for the LFA.
24. Porsche Carrera GT
Oh yeah, another Porcshe—this one a direct heir to the racing glory of the 911 series. The Porsche Carrera GT was developed with the racetack in mind, with a specialty designed V10 engine powering an innovative body design incorporating state-of-the-art materials and scientifically engineers streamlining and air intake.
Fun fact: even in left-handed drive vehicles, the ignition in a Porsche Carrera GT is to the left of the steering column? Why the backward placement? Well, it’s a tribute to history—during the early days of the Le Mans races, drivers were required to make a running start and then jump in their car after it was rolling. Left-handed ignition made starting the engine a lot easier.
23. Chevrolet Camaro
From the now-distant fall of 1962 until the end of run in 2002, the first round of Chevrolet Camaro production covered a swath of American automotive history and helped diving the spirit of driving in those days. The Camaro is a pony car, released as Chevy’s answer to the hugely successful Ford Mustang. Whether or not it reached the same iconic heights as the ‘Stang is a subject of much debate, but Camaro fans will insist that they’re just as much a part of history.
With six generations, including the 2010-2015 and 2015-present production runs, there’s again a lot to choose from in the vast Camaro family. But you’ll always find your way back to the pony car roots of this street machine.
22. Pontiac GTO
Like the Mustang, the Pontiac GTO is an iconic muscle car of the 1960s and 1970s, with a body styling and performance that showcases the spirit of that rebellious age. And like the Mustang, the GTO’s long hertiage means that you, the owner of this dream garage, have a lot of options to choose from.
Let’s start with some history, from 1964 to the present four generations of GTOs have prowled the streets of America—not counting the occasional concept car or special edition. They’ve been show cars and drag racers, hobby vehicles and Winston Cup Series race cars. There’s something in the GTO’s lineage for everyone, so save it a bay in your fantasy fleet.
21. Pagini Zonda R
The Pagini Zonda series of cars is a lesser-known but exceptionally high performing collection of Italian supercars. With a carbon-fiber body and a racetrack-grade engine, the Pagini Zonda R is another performance vehicle that is well aware of its sporting heritage.
Like its sister line, the Zonda F, this is a car built to the highest possible standards. A state of the art exhaust system, alloy wheels, and advanced air intakes make this a performance vehicle that stands in a class by itself, with a heritage and reputation that just keep growing as Pagini continues to evolve.
20. Corvette Stingray
We’re cheating a bit with this entry—the Stingray is a model much loved by Corvette devotees, and it’s been through seven different generations of development since its introduction since its introduction in 1953. However, throughout it all there’s a common spirit in the Stingray: a sports car with a next-generation look at automotive engineer and a willingness to innovate while staying true to its roots. The current seventh generation Stingrays embody this, with a host of innovative features powering this two-door sportscar to greater levels of glory both on and off the racetrack. And with endless performance and luxury add ons available, this is a car that will let you live out your creativity in your dream garage.
19. Koenigsegg CCX
The first Swedish car to find its way into our dream garage, this is a supercar that deserves a spot in just about any top 25 list of amazing vehicles. The Koenigsegg CCX was the company’s first foray into the international market, designed to meet the stringent safety and emissions guidelines needed for US import.
A lightweight machine with a lot of power, the carbon fiber and kevlar body built around an all aluminum engine with a six-speed manual transmission directing 800 horsepower in order to deliver a top speed of 245 miles per hour. The carbon fiber wheels are an industry first, and the model continues to evolve as Koenigsegg seeks to cement its place both in your dream garage and in the supercar industry as a whole.
18. Ferrari 458 Italia
This is a relatively recent machine, introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as a replacement for the venerable Ferrari 430. It’s a worthy successor: the 4.5 L Ferrari F136 V8 engine is only the starting point for everything that makes the Italia great. With a zero to sixty time of between 2.9-3.0 seconds, depending on the variation, there’s no lack of off-the-block speed. And with a top speed of 210 miles per hour, this is a machine that can keep pace with just about anything out there. Whether in the standard configuration, the Spider convertible version, or the ultra-sexy Special Edition produced only for the Chinese market, this is the Ferrari for the serious street driver.
17. Ferrari Enzo
Oh yes, the model Ferrari loved so much they named it after their founder. The Ferrari Enzo is both an homage to Enzo Ferrari and a celebration of everything that the brand had become—and believe us, it’s a fitting tribute to the legendary manufacturer.
The rear-mounted engine delivers 8,2000 RPM and a stunning 3.14 seconds to 60 miles per hour. The state of the art breaking and steering system deliver unrivaled control even while turning or cornering at speed. The Ferrari Enzo has spawned a number of variants over the years, but even those advanced machines are aware of their debt to the original. Save a space for this one in your dream garage—it’s a sure-fire winner in any top 25 list.
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16. Ford GT40
The marriage of American muscle with British refinement, the Ford GT40 is a classic car with a fascinating story.
Originally conceived as the perfect vehicle for long-distance sports car racing, the GT40 was produced from 1964 to 1969—currently, there are only about 107 of these in existence. And more’s the pity: in either its coupe or roadster configuration the GT40 offered professional-caliber performance every time. With impressive records at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other long distance races, these dream machines belong in any fantasy car fleet.
15. Dodge Challenger
The United States is, if nothing else, a nation possesed of a vision: freedom is wonderful, bigger is better, and there’s nothing that a bit of power and speed can’t fix. Designed nearly perfectly for the highways of its native land, the Dodge Challenger is the perfect choice for your dream garage.
A large V8 with an eight-speed transmission and a body style that speaks less to the sanitized track of Formula 1 and more to the down and dirty world of street racing, this is a car for a real American gear head. Jump in, feel those horses under the hood, and cut loose as you take off to explore the spirit of the land of the free.
14. Jaguar E-Type
Backto the UK for one of the most elegent looking sports cars ever made, the Jaguar E-Type is a dream come true for car lovers of all stripes. The original 1962 model offered performance that was downright scary at the time and not unimpressive now: a top speed of 150 miles in factory configuration with a zero to sixty time of well below 7 seconds put this thing in the top of its historic class. This legacy continues to this day, with the modern lightweight E-Types channeling their heritage wonderfully.
No less a personage than Enzo Ferrari referred to the 1961 E-Type as “the most beautiful car ever made.” Nothing else need be said.
13. Ferrari F40
Ah, Ferrari, you never ever disappoint, do you? From the days of yore when the company was a gleam in Enzo Ferrari’s eye, the Italian giant has delivered winner after winner—including the Ferrari F40. A two door sportscar with a low slung and sporty body style, the F40 is a street car that still makes the occasional racetrack appearance. Able to do zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds and with a top speed around 211 miles per hour, there’s no lack of performance here. And that’s form the factory—you’re allowed to dream big, and maybe the F40 in your dream garage is built to racing specs. Regardless, this is an amazing machine and one that every fantasy fleet needs.
12. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
A firmly 21st century offering from one of the oldest and most storied automobile manufacturers, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a luxury sports car that incorporates style, performance, and comfort in equal measure. Available as either a coupe or a two-door roadster, the distinct gull wing doors are the first clue that something unique is going on here. Under the hood, a 6.2 liter M159 V8 delivers power via a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission with the end result of a car that can deliver a top speed just short of 200 miles per hour and a quarter mile time that rivals some racing vehicles. With typical German attention to detail, safety innovations abound making the SLS AMG one of the safest performance vehicles out there. A sure favorite for any dream garage.
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11. Ford Mustang
Perhaps the most ironically American automobile, the Ford Mustang is a pony car with a lot of heart and a very interesting history. The direct descendant of the Ford Falcon, the Mustang first appeared on sales floors in 1964 and has remained a mainstay ever since, driving off of the lot and into the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere.
Which Mustang belongs in your dream garage? Well, that’s up to you—with six generations of production, dozens and dozens of variations, and several lifetimes’ worth of aftermarket parts and accessories, these are some of the most customizable cars around. Get creative—it’s the American thing to do.
10. Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454
The 1970s were a different age, an age of cool, of power, of the endless desire to get the most out of life. And the Chevelle SS 454 was Chevrolet’s way of answering the call and giving a generation of Americans everything they wanted in a muscle car. The body style squared up to give it a beefier, more powerful look. The features delivered the performance: 350 horsepower Turbo-Jet 396 V8, special suspension, “power dome” hood, black-accented grille, resilient rear-bumper insert, and wide-oval tires on sport wheels all combined to make this car a road warrior that could handle anything you asked o it. A tough one made even tougher, as the advertising slogan went, the Chevelle SS 454 is both history and art.
9. Lamborghini Gallardo
Another Lamborghini named after a fighting bull—in this case a breed of them from Spain—the Gallardo’s V-10 engine was a flagship for the company over a number of years, eventually eclipsed by the Aventador. That doesn’t meant that the Gallardo is out of fashion; there’s a huge difference between “old” and “classic”.
The Gallardo is a proven winner, with top-notch performances everywhere from the American Le Mans Series to the Speed World Challenges. Twice awarded Top Gear Magazine’s Car of the Year—in 2006 and 2009 respectively—this machine can more than rest on its laurels.
8. Porsche 911
This is perhaps the most iconic high performance car in the world. Ask a group of school kids to name their favorite “fast car” and this is the one they’re most likely to come up with. The product of endless research and development, the Porsche 911 has more than earned its place in your dream garage.
Let’s let the numbers speak for themselves. Depending on the model, the 911 can hit zero to sixty in something less than four seconds—three, with the right engine. The top speed varies widely based on model year and configuration, but it’s always north of 200 miles per hour. And on top of all that, it drives like a dream with unparalleled cornering and steering. Let your mind fly free and imagine having one of these in the ultimate garage.
7. Aston Martin DB5
Is Britain the first country to land two cars on this list from two different manufacturers? Maybe—we’re too lazy to scroll back and check. Regardless, the DB8 from Aston Martin is a luxury grand tourer that lives up to its reputation. An ultralight all-aluminum engine and a state of the art transmission are the foundation for both luxury and performance: this thing marries class with racetrack-grade speed in a way unequaled by many other vehicles. There’s a reason no less a British icon than James Bond has made this is vehicle of choice in every film since Goldfinger.
6. McLaren F1
The F1 stands for Formula 1, and this lovely piece of British craftsmanship is a standout due to its immediate connection to the high-stakes world of racing. A rear-wheel drive sports car with a BMW 6 liter engine, the powerhouse performance is a result of a number of innovative features built in to this monster. Everything from the chassis to the suspension to the tires and brakes were designed with a single goal in mind: the creation of the ultimate road car. Add on a number of creature comforts and some truly well done ergonomics and you’ve created a driving experience that will live forever in the memories of any lucky enough to experience it.
5. Ford GT
You know what this list is lacking, now that we think about it? Some good old-fashioned American muscle. The big roaring engines designed for the long highways and wide open spaces of the U.S.A. So, wrap yourself in a flag and rejoice: the Ford GT is on this list.
Every car lover’s dream, this mid-engine sporter hearkens back to Ford’s racing machines of the 1960s—and with the performance to match. A top speed of 205 miles per hour exceeds what we normally associate with Ford, and a zero to sixty of just under 3.9 seconds is another performance benchmark that really stands out. No matter who you are, one of these bad boys will look great in the garage of your dreams.
4. Lamborghini Aventador
Named after a legendary fighting bull, Lamborghini’s Aventador is a machine to be reckoned with any way you look at it. Capable of zero to sixty in just under 3 seconds and boasting an impressive 220 mile per hour top speed, the Aventador’s state of the art design has earned it a lot of love from race car drivers, automobile fans, and even the movie industry—A Lamborghini Aventador played a huge role in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The movie wasn’t great, but they did pick an amazing car to play the antagonist, and that has to count for something.
3. Audi R8
A mid-engine 2-seater sports car, the Audi R8 is very quietly a dream machine for the true car aficionado. One of the best handling contemporary vehicles, the R8 sets records for performance on and off the racetrack while never losing sight of its competitive roots. From its first appearance at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show to its stunning achievements at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Audi R8 is not to be overlooked when setting up your perfect collection of dream cars. Offering a variety of body styles and three generations so far, there’s also a fair amount of variety here.
2. Bugatti Veyron
Nothing passes a Bugatti, as the old advertising slogan goes, and that is damned true of the near-legendary Veyron. Let’s get it out of the way: a top speed of 253 miles per hour makes this one of the fastest production cars of all time, and the fastest street legal ride in history according to the Guinness Book of World Records. A marriage of Italian vision, German engineer and French craftsmanship, this is also a work of art on an international scale. While sadly no longer in production enough of these beauties still exists that we can dream of seeing one parked in our garage some day.
1. Nissan GT-R
Nissan’s got a long and respectable racing history that comes into play with the GT-R. A hand-build 2+2 performance vehicle which the company unveiled back in 2007, this is a beautiful machine that belongs in anyone’s dream garage lineup. While the body style is aggressive and powerful, the real gem in this one is the performance: a top speed of 193 miles per hour in factory configuration is nothing to sneeze at, nor is a zero to sixty time of 3.2 seconds. And that’s before we get into the after market and customized modifications that GT-R owners love to install in their machines. Any way you look at it, Nissan scored a hit here.
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