Could you be happy with just one car?

Photography Credit: David S. Wallens

How many cars do you own? It’s more than one, right? More than you care to admit?  It’s okay, we won’t tell anyone.

What if you could only have one car. Just one single machine. (Why? You lost your space, you had a revelation or maybe you decided that simplicity could be the answer.)

So, which one car would you choose to keep? Or would you liquidate everything and pick up one that does it all?

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J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
11/16/23 11:41 a.m.

It's possible, but unlikely. I love variety. It's the spice of life.

sir_mike Reader
11/16/23 11:42 a.m.

Only one you say?? Well it would be my 1968 Ford Cortina GT I bought new in Sept 68.

11/16/23 12:03 p.m.

Nostalgia rules - I would (since you asked), go back to my first car - a red 1965 MGB. Oh, well of course I'd need... no no no, only one!

11/16/23 12:08 p.m.

A lot easier to choose the one to keep than it would be to choose one to sell!

MotorwerksMarketing New Reader
11/16/23 12:33 p.m.

The further along I get in this, the more I'm appreciating just having my Alfa Romeo. This said, I can't say the same thing for motorcycles....

lasttr Reader
11/16/23 1:29 p.m.

Only one car? That would be tough. I've owned at least one British roadster since 1966; I currently own 4: an MGA, a Healey 3000, a TR6, and a TR8. My daily driver is a '93 Jeep XJ Cherokee 2-door, and living in Anchorage, Alaska, that would have to be my one car for year-round use. And it's not a bad choice: fuel injected 4-litre straight six, 4-speed automatic transmission, compact, nimble, fairly quick; quite sporty actually. (And I keep eyeing that Sunoco Donohue AMC tribute Cherokee that shows up now and then on your pages as inspiration for a project.)

LopRacer Dork
11/16/23 1:51 p.m.

I could survive with just one but why? If I had to.... probably my 1989 Civic Si but back to OEM plus trim rather than track trim. I love that car and it can do it all but not as well as a stable of cars.

Don2001l New Reader
11/16/23 2:42 p.m.

I would be nice to trade though your list of favorites, but the prices are crazy to get into nearly anything ... Lotus, XKE, MGA !

Sorry, I dont has a spare 50k US for a third car.
Unless we can work a trade for a 2016 MX-5 ...

Dave_Jorgensen New Reader
11/16/23 3:17 p.m.

Hmmm - What one vehicle could combine all the attributes of my V6/AWD Venza, my F150,  and my 5.0 'Stang/PP2?  Can't be an RS4 wagon [dodgy German electronics, can't haul dirt], can't be an AWD Mazda 3 GT [252 HP?  Oh pshaw - give me 75 more HP, Mazda].  Can't be an F150 Lightning [nice idea, but I'll wait until the batteries and infrastructure graduate from Model T to Model A].

I think my only choice is an early 90's Impala SS Wagon with a Whipple blower and some studded Hakkapelittas for our Canadian winters.  We can paint it black-and-white and name it Shamu.




Karl55 New Reader
11/16/23 3:19 p.m.

No I don't think so.

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