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What’s Your Favorite Car?

Jun 25, 13 • by David Esch • Featured, Vintage Cars6 CommentsRead More »

GT40There’s that line in Monty Python’s Holy Grail: The knights turn up at the bridge, and the troll who guards it asks them questions. “What’s your favorite color?” he asks. Simple enough, right? Mind you, don’t get it wrong or you’ll be flung into the abyss.

It used to be pretty easy to pick ONE THING that stood above everything else. Your bike. Your mom’s cookies. Batman.

So if I asked, “What’s your favorite car?” It shouldn’t be too hard to answer. I mean, everyone has their tastes. And no harm if you say an AMC Ambassador either. Sure, people will wonder, but it’s none of their damn business anyway.

Abmassador wagon

Sometimes I think about what my answer would be. But picking one? Just one? That is incredibly difficult. There are so many good choices. How could you argue with someone who answers “GT-40”? Or Alfa GTA. Or a late fifties Imperial.


It’s hard because you have so many different styles, so many different technologies and performance capabilities. So many memories.

Sometimes I think my answer might be a 1964 Buick Riviera in that light silver/blue. I did a trip to Maine in one of those when it was just a used car, and I am here to tell ya, it was an awesome car.

1964 Riviera

Oh, but there was that Datsun 510 wagon too. Talk about cheap fun, man.

Datsun 51

You can probably tell where this is going. I want to know what your favorite is. Just the one. And answering with just the make and year is unacceptable, because we need to know why.

And even if you don’t say an 8C 2900B, well, we’re all entitled to our opinions, right?

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6 Responses to What’s Your Favorite Car?

  1. dt says:

    1956 Ferrari 250 Testarossa, the car that turned me on to cars.

    Which I only got to see at a concours…

  2. William Robinson says:

    For me its a 65-68 alfa Giulia sprint gtv. Its just somthing about those hips. Ahhh heck Id take any year as long as I could look at it every night before I went to bed.

  3. It’s funny, when I glanced at the page earlier this week, I was convinced i could not narrow it down to just one. I love the ’67 Cougar for it’s beauty. I love the ’67 Mercury Park Lane and the ’69 Country Squire for the memories they stir in me. I love the ’61 Lincoln Continental and the ’64-’66 Imperial for their elegance and luxury. I could name a hundred other cars that I absolutely love, but when I sat down to write this, I knew the answer.

    1970 1/2 – 73 Camaro RS – I should say the Z-28, but any of the split bumper Camaros would work for me. My sister’s high school best friend drove one with a 307 and a 3 speed on the floor. Her dad taught her how to drive fast, and she learned well. That beautifully shaped body… The most beautiful front end on any car ever made. They handle great, even compared to today’s cars. And while a “regular bumper Camaro can do everything a Rally Sport can do, it still amazes me how the “other” Camaros of those years do so little for me, but show me a Rally Sport and my heart rate gets goin’!

  4. BJ says:

    Mine might be a ’67 Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado Coupe (black, please), because I think it’s one of the sexiest looking cars I’ve ever seen. A ’68 Buick Electra 225 Convertible (because my favorite Aunt used to drive one, before she went nuts) and a ’76 Olds Cutlass Supreme Brougham would be right up there, too. And I would buy a ’67 Camaro Convertible in a second. I don’t think I could pick only one.

  5. I forgot to mention the ’67-’68 Eldorado and the ’66 Toronado. Now that you mention the GM personal luxury cars, I feel like I should throw in the ’68 – ’69 and ’71 – ’72 Rivieras. GM really had it going on then.

  6. Roger Henry says:

    Model A Ford: Starting at $495 FOB Detroit, the Model A embodied everything that was good about America–a wide variety of body styles and types, dead reliable, strong steel body construction with minimal wood (why so many Model A’s survive while so few Chevrolet’s do), made by workers earning an industry leading $5/day, good fuel economy. At peak production in 1929, Ford produced 9000 Model As in single day (combined production from all plants). The Model A is the ultimate Clunker—cheap to by and cheap to run–80 years on!