Stick it all on black and shut my eyes. Tight. Only joking, I’d take it off the mortgage of course. Actually no I wouldn’t, I’d buy a car, a second hand car. But which one, exactly, and why?
A large part of me would meander straight towards an early to mid-noughties Audi RS6. There’s something about the tyre and wheel arch combo and the unashamed German-ness of this monster that has always made me go wibbly at the knees. I mean look at this and then tell me that it isn’t a whole heap of motorcar for the money. And no, for 10 grand I couldn’t give an FSO Polonez about its wooden steering or a ride that’s as refined as Vinny Jones.
On the other hand, were 10 grand to somehow float its way into my palm, having landed there out of a cloud, it’d be hard not to at least ponder blowing it on one of these.
The idea of owning and wafting around in a massive old Benters has always appealed to my inner deluded idiot, and it seems that 10 grand can buy you an example that might actually fire up and run. For a while. In light of which, who cares about the insurance or the running costs, or the fact that a lot of people would hate you automatically (which is a sad realisation, is it not?) if you could go down in flames driving one of these?
Then again, I’ve always rather fancied one of these. I drove one when it was brand spanking new, while conducting one of the more bizarre twin tests that What Car? has ever published – between a BMW M635 CSi and a Lancia Thema 8.32. And I remember thinking then that the 635 felt special – in a way that not too many other BMWs have since.
I think ultimately, however, my 10 not-especially-large-but-it’s-free-and-I’m-dreaming-so-who-flipping-cares-anyway would probably be aimed at one of these; a low mileage Porsche Boxster S – because for £10k it delivers pretty much everything I’d ever want from a two-seater sports car, and its handling is as sweet as a mouses ear.
And if anyone wants to argue with that then fine, no problemo amigo – because that’s what wasting a couple of hours, wandering around in the beautiful meadow that is the classifieds is all about.
So then, what would your fantasy £10k go on, et pourquoi?