Unfortunately this “Dream Garage” is just that, fantasy. I’ll start with a list of cars I could buy with my first millions. Seeing as how I am a lazy bum who sits on his arse at his computer all day stroking away at his…eh keyboard…moving on then, I’ll just assume for now that my first millions will come from the Tennessee Lottery which is now sitting at $180m (pretending of course I get to keep it all and Uncle Sam gets nil). So If I were to spend about 8% ($15m) on a modest home, property taxes for the next 47 years (life expectancy for Hispanic males in the US is around 72), and the assorted living essentials that would leave me with $165m. Now say I invest about 1% ($2m) in the stock market, and approximately 1.5% ($3m) in a business venture that will inevitably lead to me affording quite the Jay Leno-esque garage. So here I am. Wealthy. Invested. In business. Sitting on $160,000,000 to blow on cars. For the sake of the fantasy I’ll be buying these cars at MSRP , for the new cars, or at original price with inflation calculated and a 5% increase per year prior to 2010 for the classics. [note: I tried it at 2%/year but noticed the prices were unimaginably low] No taxes!

Shall we begin?

Part 1: The American Classics

1. 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang

Now here is a true American beauty. The 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang. Every boy wanted one and every girl wanted a boy who had one. The quintessential Pony Car. The beginning of a new kind of American Muscle. In a word…Classic! If you don’t like this car, move to france where being horrible at being awesome is perfectly acceptable. I could write a 10 page report on this car, it is just that historically significant in the automotive world (a large portion of the Manliverse). From an embargo on its specifications released in January of 1964, that neither side (ford or media) really honored, Ford purposely leaking information and sightings prior to the appointed date and media outlets eating it up and releasing “speculative information” to the unrelenting marketing campaign that set the States ablaze with “Mustang Fever”. The first Mustang  WAS sex appeal, and a marketing godsend to all involved. It was affordable by all means at a meager $2,368 base price. It was a hell of a thing to look at as you can see. On Thursday, April 16th 1964 Ford let the pony prance for the first time. They bought the 2100 time slot on all 3 networks and unveiled the now classic piece of Americana to some 29 million viewers. To help that number hold weight in the same year The Beatles made their 1st and 2nd US television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show garnering, respectively, 23 mil and 22 mil viewers. The following day 2,600 newspapers ran articles and ads for Ford’s new baby.  It was shown on opening day of The New York’s World Fair, and Ford even let 150 Journalists take a herd of horses on a 750 mile, back to Motown, cruise the very day after unveiling the car. Could you imagine a manufacturer letting a car loose and into the hands of e-ville journos that quickly these days? One Ford official was quoted saying,

These were virtually hand-built cars. Anything could have happened, some of the reporters hot-dogged the cars the whole way, and we were just praying they wouldn’t crash or fall apart. Luckily, everyone made it, but it was pure luck.

By the end of the first model year of the Ford Mustang, mid-September 1965, it had sold 680,989 of them!  The base price was almost never the same as the final bill as the average Mustang left the lot with $400, with inflation that’s $2,405, worth of add-ons. The mustang is largely responsible for Ford turning a gross profit of $1.1 billion over the first 2 model years. Add in inflation and we’re looking at $6,613,750,000. It was the beginning of a legend that continues to this day.

Damn, I promised myself I wouldn’t rabble on about that car. The rest will be informative but concise, I promise!!

Since numbers on this car are easier to get than your sisters’ “virtue”, I’ll calculate this one with the add-ons I’d have ordered.

MSRP:

Base price $2,368

‘HP’ 289 V-8 4 Barrel ($443)

A “mandatory option” 4 speed  Trans ($76)

Power Steering ($84)

Power Brakes ($42)

Sport Suspension ($31)

Disc Brakes ($57)

Ltd-Slip Diff. ($43)

TOTAL: $3,144.00

w/ Inflation: $18,903.30

+ 227.5% ($43,005.01 )

Dream Garage Total: $61,908.31

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,938,091.69

2. 1967 Shelby GT500 “Suspect has increased speed to 120..150…160, he’s gone.”

This is a dream car of thousands of manly men the world over. The car immortalized as “Eleanore” in the movie “Gone In 60 Seconds”. With the GT500 Carroll Shelby took the still young and innocent Ford Mustang to a whole new level, and with it American Muscle.  By 1967 he had been factory tuning Mustangs for a few years now, but his earlier models had been more or less race cars. They sported rough rides, loud engines, and little to no comforts. The gearheads wanted a car that could go to the track on Saturday, church on Sunday, and work on Monday. What they got from Shelby was the 1967 Shelby GT500. Since the new model Mustang came equipped with a larger engine bay and an option for a 320BHP 6.3L V-8, Shelby went, as they say in a physical exam, balls out. The new GT500 came to play powered by a revamped version of the 428 (7.0L) “Police Interceptor” V-8, cranking out 355BHP, a 4-speed transmission (or a 3 speed auto if you were of the feminine variety), GT interior trim, A/C, and power steering. The GT500 did however keep a few things not found in a standard Mustang like the 8,000 RPM tach and the 140MPH speedo and the padded roll cage. The outside got revamped as well sporting real working hood scoops, something that doesn’t even come on today’s Mustangs. It also had several pieces made from fiberglass to save weight such as the new stretched out front end, REAL hood scoop and the 4 side intake scoops, and a molded rear spoiler on the deck lid. When released it cost $4,195 and claimed 355BHP @ 5400 RPM, 420 ft-lbs @ 3200 RPM, 0-60 in 6.2 sec., and a 1/4 mile time of 14.6 sec. @99MPH. One of the three surviving Eleanore cars built for “Gone In 60 Seconds” was auctioned through Barrett-Jackson last year for $216,000. We’re going to stick with my fantasy pricing though.

MSRP: $4,195

w/ Inflation: $23,434.11

+ 215% (50,383.34)

Dream Garage Total: $73,817.45

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,864,274.24

3. 1969 Plymouth Cuda 440 Convertible

Ah, the 440 ‘Cuda! Twin hood scoops that do nothing but actually hurt the aerodynamics, an engine so big that it didn’t leave room for a power steering pump or for boosters needed to energize disc brakes, 57% front end weight distribution, and only a TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission option. All this left you with a heavy (3,800 lbs.), off-balance, hard to stop, uncontrollable pony car that could eat through the 1/4 mile in  14 seconds @ over 100 MPH and sounded like God’s wrath incarnate. The car got mixed reviews to say the least, but also defined a generation. The drop top ‘Cuda had amazing body lines especially around her hips and while the face wasn’t much to look at she definitely had that bad bitch personality. The kind of car you want just cause it was so good at being so bad! 375 BHP @ 4,600 RPM, 480 ft-lb @ 3,200 RPM, 14.01 sec. 1/4 @ 103 MPH, and 0 – 60 in just 5.6 seconds. Without the lessons learned from these horribly beautiful ladies the 3rd generation ‘Cuda (#3) may not have been nearly as amazing as they were and neither of them may have made their way into my Dream Garage.

MSRP: $3,900

w/ Inflation: $19,838.13

+205% ($40,668.17)

Dream Garage Total: $60,506.30

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,803,767.94

4. 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda

The new and improved version of our #3 car is her little, big sister the 1970 Hemi ‘Cuda. Made famous in the mid 90’s for the younger generation being driven by “Nash Bridges” through the streets of  San Francisco, the Hemi ‘Cuda took the aforementioned lessons of the ’69 and applied them brilliantly. Now equipped with power steering and optional 11.3″ front discs. The noticeably larger ’70 ‘Cuda  had big body styling, effectively making room for its new power plant.

Enter the legendary 426 Hemi.

The 426 (6.98L) Hemi cranked out a whopping 425BHP @ 5 grand and equal amount of torque @ 4k! Despite its increased size the new ‘Cuda crossed the 1/4 mile (the defacto performance standard of American Muscle, the dead lift of cars) in 13.4 sec. @ 104.6MPH but managed the same 0 – 60 time as it’s older sis, 5.6 seconds.

MSRP: $5,400

w/ Inflation: $25,555.50

+ 200% ($51,111)

Dream Garage Total: $76,666.60 (oddly there were only 666 of these cars made)

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,727,101.34


5. 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS

The ’65 Chevelle Malibu SS is a classic Chevy that even Ford guys have to respect. Although the Chevelle was available in all manner of styles, from the 2-door hardtop or convertible Malibu to a 4-door wagon to the open bed El Camino. They also had a slew of engines to choose from. Let’s just skip the pleasantries and get to it, shall we. Blah blah blah V-6, blah blah 283, and a 327 cid (5.3L) V-8 with available power trims of 250 @ 4,400RPM and 350BHP @ 5k. This is the Chevelle that started Chevy in the realm of big friggin motors in a mid-sized autovettura. You might have noticed I tend to prefer the flawed models that start a revolution more than the ones who perfected the task. Isn’t that part of what makes a classic car so classic?

MSRP: $2,800

w/ Inflation $16,835

+ 225% ($37,878.75)

Dream Garage Total: $54,713.75

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,672,387.59

6. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396

The 1967 – 69 Camaros (How the hell do you pluralize Camaro? It’s like trying to pluralize dildo.) were a few years behind the Mustang and had some serious catching up to do if it wanted to match the success and iconic status of Ford’s beloved Pony Car.  It started by mimicking the Ford in a few ways, most of all in approach to the client base. By doing the same the Mustang had done in its launch and offering a cavalcade of packages it was able to target a multitude of different customers. From the stylish but “sensible” 230cid (3.7L) and 250cid (4.0L) 6 cylinders to a pair of 396cid (6.4L) V-8s. All said there were 2 body types, hardtop and convertible, and 6 different power plants you could combine to get just what you wanted. They also came in several interior/exterior trims and sports packages, much like the Mustang. The be all end all of them being the Super Sport (SS) 396, pushing out 375BHP, released in 1968. There was also a dealer/tuner/race car driver by the name of Don Yenko who decided that the big blocks weren’t enough and some of his customers were treated to 427 (7.0L) V-8s cracking their necks with 423BHP. Since I’m a millionaire and I can have whatever I want I should just buy the Yenko 427 that sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction last year for $121, 000. Alas, I’ll stick to the program here and order up one of the 396ci SS models .

MSRP: $5150

w/ Inflation: $27,289.85

+ 210% ($57,308.69)

Dream Garage Total: $84,598.54

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,587,789.05

7. 1968 Hurst/Olds

George Hurst had done a lot of work and created some awesome things before Oldsmobile came to him and put his name on a production car for the first time. From some custom transmission linkages on drag cars to the Hurst dual-gate shifter to his most well-known (even if you didn’t know he had invented it) and most important invention of all, the jaws of life. the story goes that one of Hurst’s funployees, Jack Watson, had built him a custom 1968 Olds 4-4-2. Apparently he liked the car, because Mr. Hurst then ran out and sold Oldsmobile on the idea of a limited run of custom cars sold at select dealers only. The Hurst/Olds was born. Stocked with a 390BHP 455cid (7.45L) V-8, a full warranty, the Force Air system (those little air ducts you see under the front bumper), and the hydra-matics trans with the Hurst Dual-Gate Shifter for just $1,168 over the sticker price , $4,200, of the standard 4-4-2. The package would get you 500 ft-lb @ just 3200RPM and propel you to 60MPH in 5.4 seconds.

MSRP: $5,368

w/ Inflation: $28,445.03

+ 210% ($59,734.56)

Dream Garage Total: $88,179.59

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,499,609.46


8. 1966 Ford GT

The GT40 was one of the most successful race cars in America’s history.  Probably most famous was the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in which The Ford GT MK II swept the field with a 1-2-3 finish and stood alone atop the podium. This magnificent achievement was marred, however, by some Ford corporate cock looking to make a marketing move, presumably for the Mk. III road car to be released later. Ken Miles,who had won the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring already that year, was driving one of three (Carroll) Shelby American GT40s entered into the race had a lead so insurmountable lead and was ordered to slow down and allow his teammates to catch up for a photo finish. It was agreed that he would win, but with the two Fords crossing together, giving him the Triple Crown. Unfortunately even though the Miles/Hulme car was in front it was later determined that the McLaren/Amon car was the winner as it had started several positions behind the Miles/Hulme car and had therefore traveled 8 meters further. Since the Mk. II wasn’t sold publicly and I’m unable to find a price I’ll go by the price set for the 1967 Ford GT Mk. III, a road-only car of which 7 were built. $18,000 dollars was the asking price, compared to Ferraris that could run up to $21,500.

MSRP: $18,000

w/ Inflation: $99,835.20

+ 215% ($214.645.68)

Dream Garage Total: $314,480.88

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $159,185,128.58

9.  1933 Cadillac V-16 Victoria Convertible

American Beauty

The 1933 Cadillac V-16 Victoria Convertible Phaeton was many things. It was elegant, beautiful, large, powerful, but most notably it was EXPENSIVE! The V-16 was essentially two in-line eights sharing a crankshaft, each bank utilized carburetion and exhaust systems independent of one another, and it all came together at 452ci (7.4L). The motor cranked out a then tremendous amount of power at 165BHP. Remember a few seconds ago when I said it was expensive? Well this particular model would have cost you, at least, $8,000 in the midst of The Great Depression. The same year that US unemployment hit 25%. This is by far and wide the most ballin’ car ever built in America! Cadillac had estimated a short run of about 400 Cadillac V-16s, of which only 125 were made. As for the Victoria Convertible model above, well that’s one of precisely two that were ever built. With that in mind I’ll go ahead and stake my monies on one…Lord, help my fictional bank account.

MSRP: $8,000

w/ Inflation: $129,579.20

+ 385% ($498,879.92)

Dream Garage Total: $628,459.12

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $158,556,669.46

10. 1964 Lincoln Continental

The Iconic Lincoln Continental was a car that almost never existed. In the early 20’s Cadillac was building Luxury cars Ford wasn’t. Henry Ford was a wealthy man and his wife liked to ride around in cars driven by a Chauffeur. Ford Didn’t make anything like that. The answer cam in the form of Lincoln going bankrupt in 1922, Henry Ford jumped on it and bought the company, supposedly just to get his wife out of a Cadillac and into a Ford product.  How is this related to a car built some 40 years later? Well Had it not been for Clara Ford Lincoln would have never made the Continental in 1964 cause it wouldn’t have existed. This body style Continental was the only Convertible Sedan available, and perhaps had none of this been the case JFK wouldn’t have been exposed to the shots way back when, he was widing in a custom built 1961 stretch at the time. Had designer Robert McNamara pressed harder that he didn’t like the car the 1961 Lincoln Continental wouldn’t have seen the light of day, which was the model whose design was the staple for all the Continentals of the 60’s. The long sleek lines. The suicide doors. This Lincoln is an American Icon. An American legend sitting on a 126″ wheelbase, weighing in at 5,475 lbs., and powered by 320BHP 430ci (7.0L) V-8 engine. They weren’t the cheapest cars, coming in at around $7,000 once you added in A/C ($505), vinyl roof covering ($105), and power front seats ($281).  Base is $6,290 and all I want is A/C.

MSRP: $6,795

w/ Inflation: $40,854.94

+ 230% ($93,966.36)

Dream Garage Total: $134,821.30

Dream Garage Acct. Balance: $158,421,848.16

Well that does it for today. This definitely isn’t all of the American classics that will sit in my Dream Garage but it’s a hell of a start. Next will be European classics, and I can already see that account balance dropping drastically. I’m rather surprised I didn’t break the 1mil mark on any of my cars thus far. I may have to rethink the 5%/year thing yet again.

Tell me if you think I’ve left out any important American classics. I do intend to add a 1953 Corvette, 1932 Ford Roadster and 1971 Ford Gran Torino. Feel free to name any cars from before I was born (up to 1985) , they all count as classics now.

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  2. Jim says:

    The 1965 Malibu is actually a 1964

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