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If Money Were No Object What Car Would You Buy?
Source: Wikimedia
Source: Wikimedia

It’s nice to dream, and we all have that one dream car, right? It might be a Lamborghini Gallardo or an Austin Healey Sprite. But for many of us, getting to a point where we can afford a supercar or have the time and money for a restoration project seems impossible. So, let's imagine for a moment that you have become rich, possibly even as rich as Richard Branson, who is estimated to be worth over £3.7bn. Now let's also imagine that you are limited to one car or one restoration project. What would they be?

Now people who aren’t really into cars will immediately assume that readers of DriveArchive will opt for Ferraris and Bugattis en masse, but the truth is that dream cars are a lot more complicated than that. There are grown men and women out there who, regardless of their wealth, would love nothing more than to drive around in a fully-restored 1969 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller. And to those car lovers, we salute you. Nothing gives us more pleasure than hearing of a totally irrational love for an ugly car. Having said that, however, the Morris Minor isn’t too bad on the eye.

But before we get to the odd obsessions that would make for ideal restoration projects, let’s take a look at the world of luxurious supercars. If you had to choose, would you go for a McLaren P1 or a Lamborghini Veneno? A Ferrari 458 Spider or a Bugatti Veyron? To be perfectly honest, this is one of those decisions that really comes down to personal taste. However, you’ll want to remember that these cars need open roads, a good garage, and some serious servicing. For us, it has to be the Aston Martin One-77. It’s as refined a supercar as you’ll ever see, and it would look perfectly at home in the British countryside.

Now for the real decision: the project. There are so many options to choose from, including the MK1 Golf, the classic Mini (not that new hipster one), or the 1970 Beetle. Taking on a restoration project has so much going for it, and it’s much more fun than supercar shopping. And with unlimited resources behind you, there’s no need to worry about the expense of sourcing parts. You can just have them custom made for you.

As we said, it’s a long list of endless possibilities, so we’re going to narrow it down a bit for you. You should scratch the Beetle and Mini off the list right away. There are just too many of them floating about, and you’ll forever spend your time looking at the other restoration jobs wondering if you should have done the same. We’ll say the same for the MK1 Golf, too. What you should look for is something classic that can still handle the rigors of modern-day driving. We’re thinking something along the lines of an MK3 Cortina. It’s a car with beautiful lines that will simply never look dull or boring.

But let’s face it, this is a dream car situation, right? So, as with the supercar, let’s stick with British and go for an MGB Roadster from the 1960s. And while you’re at it, let’s make it racing green. Now that’s a car that will not only look good, but will also be incredibly fun to drive with the top down in our wonderful British summer (well, it was pretty good this year.)

So, which would it be? A supercar or a restoration project? For us, it has to be the project car. Sure, a supercar would be amazing fun, but working on your own piece of history is so much more meaningful.

© Maria 2017