Matt Prior decides which three cars he would choose with an unlimited budget

"Oh, I wouldn’t want to win that much money on the lottery,” I’ve heard it said. “I wouldn’t know what to do with it all.”

Really? Really? What’s the top win these days: £30 million? Fifty? Are you aware a McLaren F1, chassis number 069, having covered 2800 miles since it was built in 1998, has gone on sale for a price approaching £10m?

Honestly, £10m, £20m, £30m is a sum I could spend in about three phone calls. Not that I ever will, obviously; not with all this thinking that I’m too clever to gamble on winning loads of money, yet actually being far too stupid to earn it.

But this particular McLaren F1’s availability reminds me of an occasional muse of mine: money no object, which three cars – but only three cars – would you pick to keep for ever?

You need something practical, obviously: I usually think of a Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG, but with less need to tow heavy things these days, a Holden Special Vehicles W427 might replace it. A Ferrari 250 SWB usually occupies one other slot.

Which leaves the difficult third choice. Because it could be an Ariel Atom V8, a Porsche 917, a Bugatti Type 35 or a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead. Today, it’s a certain grey F1.

Maybe if I spent less time daydreaming about all this, mind, my actual VW Baja Bug and 1985 Honda CG125 scrambler project might have a third companion by now.  


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20 May 2016
one of the cars has got to be the range rover

20 May 2016
1. Ford F150 Raptor 4-door
2. Rolls Royce Dawn
3. Lamborghini Miura SV/J

Almost made it -

Porsche 959
Bentley Bentayga

20 May 2016
Matt, They removed the paper on the walls as part of the reveal.... it was a side on rendering of the new TVR! Why would you publish an article like this that is misleading? Maybe when you saw it on a closed to public day the walls were covered up, but the general public saw what was behind, there was also a tape drawing of the front of the new car. Better journalism please!

20 May 2016
2. The orange McLaren F1 kept by the factory
3. 911 2.7RS Touring (white with red please)
4. Range Rover

20 May 2016
McLaren F1, 365 GT4 2+2, Amilcar CGS.

20 May 2016
Mercedes 300SEL 6.3, BMW 3.0Si, Jaguar XJ12 series 1


20 May 2016
VW T7 office/camper for work and occasional overnights. LR Disco Sport with added permanent roof-rails for shopping and water sports. Classic Honda NSX or Fireblade for sunny Sundays.

20 May 2016
BMW E28 M5, Honda NSX, Audi RS6. To be going on with, but I might give you a different answer tomorrow.

20 May 2016
bomb wrote:

BMW E28 M5, Honda NSX, Audi RS6. To be going on with, but I might give you a different answer tomorrow.

My wife has added a new Volvo XC90, TVR Sagaris and a Mercedes 280 SL Pagoda..

20 May 2016
Something ordinary-but-excellent for everyday: Audi A7 / A8 or similar.

Something rugged and capacious: Range Rover, or perhaps a G-Wagen or (real) Defender V8

Something epic: Ariel Atom / Lamborghini Gallardo / the next one (I'd just chop each one in for a new one once I'd had enough of it)

David W


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