Your brain is fizzing with excitement as you talk more passionately than you have in months about your one true automotive love in minute detail.

Aunt Maud’s eyes glaze over, she adjusts her hearing aid and waits to change the subject. Conversation turns to the weather, and you’re left, mid-sentence, wanting to share the rest of your feelings with her.  

It doesn’t have to be this way. This year, consider this your safe space to vent all your passion and geekery about the car you love, without fear of your audience glazing over. I’ll start:

Maserati Ghibli (1992-1998)

No, not the modern-day Ghibli saloon. No, not the original 1960s coupé. The 1992-1998 Ghibli II; the V6-engined, boxy-yet-beautiful two-door coupé which preceded the 3200GT, 4200 and GranTurismo. It’s got a mystique to it, as a largely unknown car from a carmaker who a few years prior was churning out near-legacy-ruining dreck. I already have the eight-week Mediterranean road trip planned. Now to pitch the idea to my superiors on the Autocar team.