Poll: What Car Would You Sell Everything to Own?

June 25th, 2010

Lexus LFA and Ferrari 458 Italia

Sell everything for a car?! When we started talking about the idea, my writing buddy tgriffith sent along a story about a guy who really did that—sold his belongings, bought a Lamborghini Gallardo, and drove it all over the U.S.

For the truly afflicted CarGuru, it could make some kind of weird sense to indulge in this ultimate act of consumerism, as long as you reserved enough cash to enjoy your supercar—which Mr. Lambo didn’t quite do.

I am not as car-crazy as I used to be, but if I had the time and money, I would want some kind of streetable Ferrari. Not the newly announced 599 GTO, which is probably a real handful to drive, not to mention the service problem.

No, I would be happy to settle for the 458 Italia with its 4.5-liter V8 (570 hp, 398 lb-ft of torque, 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds) and every state-of-the-art performance feature you could want. The car derives from the F430, and its racing heritage is there, only slightly tamed, with all the creature comforts. No manual transmission, but the seven-speed Getrag dual clutch is faster and smoother, thank you, and better than the California’s gearbox.

For my money (and it would take well over $300K of it), the 458 represents the best combination of engineering, drivability, style, speed, and handling that Ferrari has yet produced in a sports car. They still make the world’s best driver’s cars.

-jgoods

When I first started thinking about what car I would be willing to sell everything in order to own, I figured I’d go with either the ferocious Aston Martin DBS or DB9. In my humble opinion, Aston Martin builds the sexiest supercars on the planet, and owning one would be an absolute thrill.

But then I started wondering what meaning lies behind cars like those and drew a blank.

Then the Lexus LFA occurred to me. It is appealing because of its underdog status as the supercar no one thought Toyota could build. Plus, the LFA just might represent a new era of excitement and performance for troubled Toyota. That’s even truer since Toyota’s famed designer and test driver Hiromu Naruse was heavily involved in the LFA’s development. Tragically, and perhaps ironically, Naruse died this week while behind the wheel of the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition near the famous track in Germany.

Naruse was also the man responsible for the Toyota 2000GT and MR2 as well as the Lexus IS 300, cars that were infused with his passion for driving. The LFA will stand as his last legacy, the spirit of which should infuse Toyota with a renewed passion for performance.

That’s why I’d give up many worldly possessions to own one. Well, that and the thrill of a 560-hp V10 capable of the 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.7 seconds.

Sometimes plenty of meaning can be found in the performance numbers alone!

-tgriffith

Okay, folks, you’ve heard which cars our two resident CarGurus would sell everything to own. We want to know what you think of their choices. Please cast your vote below for the car you’d be willing to give up all your worldly possessions to own and drive. If you’d pick something different than their selections, please cast your vote for “Other,” and leave us a comment with your choice. We can’t wait to see the cars you select!

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  1. | #1

    If I were going to sell everything, I think I’d want a one-of-a-kind car. The original Batmobile could be fun, but I think I’d want Steve McQueen’s 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback.

  2. | #2

    I’d buy a Porsche 356 Roadster. Not the most expensive car money can buy, but I’d love to have that car.

    If I were to go a little more mainstream I’d go for the Veyron, Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Ariel Atom, or an Alfa Romeo 8C.

    I’d still go with the 356 though –
    http://cargurus.com/Cars/Pictures-c7830-1964-356.html#pi35781212

  3. herbert
    | #3

    I would sell everything for a 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 22b.

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