Dream Joyrides: Ferrari, Aston Martin, Jaguar… No Saab?

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

In a famous scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” a valet takes a memorable joyride in a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT. Who can blame him, right? There aren’t many cars like that, and when presented with the opportunity to take one for a spin, well, I probably would have blasted Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” and driven to my heart’s content, too.

A 2006 Saab convertible isn’t quite in the same class, but Brandi Mahoney claims her car was taken for an unauthorized spin after she had a valet park it at a hotel in Portland, Ore., recently.

Her proof is in the car’s GPS system, which she claims read “.5 miles to destination” when she dropped her car off, and “194.5 miles past destination” when it was delivered back to her. I’ll withhold my judgment and let the powers that be work this one out, but I do find it hard to believe that someone would risk his or her job to joyride in a Saab.

Taking someone else’s car for a joyride is never okay, but you’d be crazy not to be tempted by certain cars. If I worked as a valet, I’d be thrilled just to quietly take one of these from the hotel door to its parking spot, though I admit my thoughts would be much less pure:

Any Aston Martin

2010 Aston Martin DBS

From the family-style Rapide to the fierce DBS, give me an Aston’s keys, and I can no longer guarantee my actions.

Jaguar XKR

2010 Jaguar XK Series

One of the most beautiful cars built today! Perfect for surprising a special lady by picking her up for an afternoon lunch date.

Lexus LFA

2011 Lexus LFA

Something as rare and powerful as this simply must be experienced when given the opportunity.

Ferrari 458 Italia

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

Fire fears aside, this may be Ferrari’s perfect car. Plus, my son is currently obsessed with the 458, so a joyride might be worth it just to see his smile.

Ford Shelby GT500

2011 Ford Shelby GT500

At the very least, I’d put it in neutral and sit in the parking garage while revving the V8 with my eyes closed and reveling in the auditory perfection. I’d even pay for the tank of gas!

Nissan Leaf

Don’t judge me. The Leaf is innovative, and I’m dying to know what it’s like to push an electric family car to its limits. Ex-Stig Brian Collins seemed to like it in the video above…

What car is your dream joyride?


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