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.
The top offering in Ferrari's stable right now. The LaFerrari's hybrid drivetrain puts out 949 horsepower, and will slingshot the car to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. It'll probably hit 100 mph in less time than it takes you to read this sentence. If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it - assuming Ferrari will even sell you one.
The McLaren P1 is often credited as being the car that incited today's hybrid hypercar boom. Technically, it started production the same year as Porsche 918, but McLaren beat Porsche to market and around the race track. With 903 horses, the McLAren hits 60 mph in 2.9 seconds on the way to a 233 mph top speed.
With a unique 1,500-horsepower hybrid drivetrain, the Regera is currently the world's most powerful production car, by far its most powerful hybrid, probably the hardest accelerating vehicle of all time from 60 to 200 mph, and should actually get better gas mileage than your average family car. It's going to take a lot of savings on gas to offset the Koni's $1.8 million price tag, but nobody said hypercars had to make sense.
Only 20 cars were produced during the Reventon's production run in 2008, making this one of the rarest dream cars out there. At $1.3 million, it was the most expensive Lamborghini ever produced when it was new, a title it held until the all-carbon Sesto Elemento came along three years later.