Right, it’s a standard road trip question, this, coming about two-thirds of the way through day one of the five-day trawl across Europe I’m currently on.

You can have three cars. Any three cars, but only three cars, forever. They always work. They cost you nothing. What are they? It’s a sort-of Desert Island Garage.

I’ve written about this and given my answer before. It changes often, but always includes a Ferrari 250 SWB Competizione, usually a Mercedes G55 AMG (or a Holden Special Vehicles W427), and sometimes a Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. The latter becomes, depending on the day, an Ariel Nomad, a Porsche 909 Bergspyder, a Porsche 917K or a 1967 Honda RA300 F1 car, or something else absurdly wonderful.

What I haven’t done before, mind, is make this into a survey. I say ‘survey’ as if it’s something scientific, but I asked some people on the internet, and just over 100 answered.

They said all sorts, mostly of impeccable taste and at all ends of the market. But there were trends and, as you’d expect, there were some repeat appearances worth mentioning here. They were: 20 Porsche 911s; 19 Range Rovers, 12 McLaren F1s, 10 Audi RS6s, six Ferrari 458s, five BMW M5s, four Ferrari GTC4/FFs, four McLaren P1s, three Rolls-Royce Wraiths and three Volkswagen Campers. (Plus three Ferrari 250 SWBs, gratifyingly.)