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The Ultimate Dream Cars

Updated May 14, 2019 3.8k votes 672 voters 17.9k views20 items

Everyone has dream cars, whether they're wildly impractical souped-up supercars or classic testaments to automotive engineering. Imagine you wake up in the morning with a new car in your driveway. What would it be? Don't worry about gas, insurance, practicality, even availability. The Car Fairy will take care of every bit of it. What do you want more than anything else?

For a gearhead, that can actually be a surprisingly hard question to answer; it's like asking a musician about their all-time favorite song. Odds are pretty good that they've got a lot of favorite songs from different genres and eras. The answer might ultimately come down to their mood at the time; same thing here. You have to set some limits just to get an honest answer.

For this list of ultimate dream cars, we're first limiting the selection to production automobiles only. That means no Batmobile, and no concepts, one-off racers, or customs. We're narrowing it down a little further by picking just three to five from each decade (going by the first year of production) spanning the last hundred years of the automobile. Even then, there's no way this list will ever be complete; everyone has a different idea of perfection. Will you find yours here? Only one way to find out. It's time to go live the dream. 
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    Lamborghini Veneno

    As of this writing, the Veneno is one of the latest dream cars to come from a company specializing in dream cars. It's not the most graceful thing in the world, but at 2.8 seconds to 60 mph, a 221 mph top speed, and a $4.5 million price tag, Lambo still has a waiting list longer than the Venono's hood. 
  • Some say the Ferrari gave birth to the modern supercar. Others say the Enzo was and remains a poor man's McLaren F1. A ride with an almost mythic status, the 243 mph McLaren F1 held the title of World's Fastest Production Car for an incredible 13 years, until the Veyron came along in 2005. This in spite of the fact that the F1 went out of production in 1998. 
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    Retro was a big deal in the mid-2000s and Ford banked on it with the new Mustang. That same year, in 2005, they released the reigning lord of all retro cars: The GT. The GT was so perfect an update of the original LeMans-winning GT40 that some had trouble telling the two apart unless they were parked side by side. It was 0.4 second slower to 60 mph than the Enzo, but at 1/5th the price, Ford's reborn GT remains the supercar performance bargain of this century. 
  • Probably the worst name of any Aston Martin ever, but maybe that's what you get for letting your engineers go no-holds-barred designing the fastest, most expensive Aston Martin in history. The name is a reference to it's one-to-one (kg to horsepower) power-to-weight ratio and the 77 units produced. The One-77 would run right with a Carrera GT, McLaren SLR, or Reventon in any acceleration contest.