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Chasing The Elusive Dream Car - Editorialisms

If you had the chance to own your dream car now, would you?

Peter Tarach
Sep 6, 2012
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It dawned on me the other day, when I was tossing and turning in bed having a sleepless night, that I spend the majority of my time thinking about, looking at, working on, analyzing, and writing about cars. I guess that’s why I’m in such a great position working for an automotive magazine. But, I asked myself, would I still be obsessed with cars as much as I am if I weren’t doing this job? The answer is yes.

What’s even more puzzling to me is that as I age, my obsession continues to grow greater rather than fading away. Maybe it’s because I don’t have kids (or a wife) to prioritize over automobiles, but even then, I know that motor oil will still run through my veins as thick as it does now.

This fixation has led to an entire house full of parts, a garage full of cars, and countless ideas of what car to buy next and how to modify it. However, the conundrum I’m facing now is that while my passion will never fade, my tastes are ever evolving, and at the moment, I’m in a deep inner battle as to the fate of my collection of vehicles. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Japanese car fan, but I also have a real love for German cars; not surprisingly, Porsche tops my list.

Any car guy I meet always says he hopes to one day own a Porsche, and I’m no different.

Any car guy I meet always says he hopes to one day own a Porsche, and I’m no different. To put one in my driveway has always been a dream, one that can’t come soon enough. It’s a dream that most reserve till they get close to retirement age, but I’ve asked myself why I should wait till then. If you had the chance to own your dream car now, would you?

And so I’ve been looking at my current fleet of cars: Project LS13 and Project Super VIII. I also have a track-ready, SR-powered ’95 Nissan 240SX that sits most of the time. I sold my K-swapped Integra not long ago as well as the ’08 Evo X project car, so taking into account the money from those two cars and if I sold the rest of my vehicles for around market value, I figure I could have in and around 65K to purchase my dream car—a 996 Porsche Turbo.

That said, the performance of the LS13 and Evo can be built to rival the Porsche at a fraction of the cost, and building them up to that level would be immensely enjoyable for me, so as you can see, it’s an incredibly tough call.

I’m sure some of you have been in the same situation. Did you sell off multiple cars and buy the car you’ve always wanted or did you keep them all? I’m still trying to figure out what the right answer is, but I’m not sure there is one. There are a million arguments for and against, and I keep leaning back and forth without ever making a concrete decision.

So help me out, let me know what you think I should do, or better yet, if you’ve gone through the same situation, tell me about it.

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