Essay On My Dream Car Ferrari Toys

On the seventh day of Tribune Autos dream car wish list, we introduce the heavy, Mike Kellams, associate managing editor/business. Kellams knows what he wants in a car and it better have unparalleled power.

What is your dream car?

Ferrari LaFerrari 

Among the current batch of hybrid hyper cars, including the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1, I'm like many people: The Ferrari just does it for me. Have I driven this car? No. Will I ever drive it? I have a better shot of winning the lottery twice. But I have driven two of their little brothers on the track. (I know, you're happy for me.) From the experience of legally mashing the go pedal as far as I can for as long as the tarmac let me in a 458 Italia vs. an MP4 12C, I'll take the Ferrari. Just look at it and read the reviews and specs. They took the time getting everything right. How else to explain the crappy name, the one thing they missed on. Being a forgiving person, I'll overlook that in my fever dream of what it might be like to drive, let alone own, one of these.

What is your realistic dream car?

Ford Mustang GT350 

The new Mustang still comes with four seats, so I could conceivably make the argument to the Mrs. that I could haul the kids (both under 10) around as needed. If I couldn't pass that test, it'd be a FAIL on "realistic." But this Mustang, with a flat-plane crankshaft up front and independent rear suspension out back and Carroll Shelby's name all over it is, for my money, 'Merica at its finest. Honestly, the price is not really in reach without sacrifices in other parts of my life. Take, for example, eating. What you consider seasonal dining (turkey at Thanksgiving) would become seasonal dining (eating in the winter, fasting in the spring). But given that my freshly skinny arse would better fit in those snug Recaros, it would totally be worth it. Honey, can we talk for a minute? I have an idea

This Mustang, with a flat-plane crankshaft up front and independent rear suspension out back and Carroll Shelby's name all over it is, for my money, 'Merica at its finest.— Mike Kellams

What is your real car?

2013 VW CC R-line (extra poser cred for the R-line trim, natch). When I was shopping in late 2012 for midsize sedans with a manual trans, the new Mazda 6 hadn’t yet been delivered and the NVH during a test drive of the Accord Sport made me wonder what Honda was thinking. So I went with a middle-class man’s version of an Audi A7, of a BMW 6 series sedan. It has nothing in common, really, with those cars except the sweeping, coupe shape, all for Passat money. That works.

What toy car would you want? 

Singer 911 

If you believe Porsche lost its soul when it introduced the 996 911, the first not to be air cooled, then Singer agrees with you. And so they take a 964 911, rebuild it from the ground up with carbon fiber body panels, stroked boxer engines and all kinds of other modern goodies to make the ultimate, modern, air-cooled and, some say, proper 911, all for a couple hundred grand. An expensive toy, but so righteous. Honey, hey, I have another idea.

On the sixth day of Listmaskuh, we brought the dynamic duo of Kurt Gessler, senior digital news editor and Professor of Gessler U, and Amy Guth, general manager of Red Eye/Metromix. Their lists are batty.

What is your dream car?

"Batman Begins"-era Batmobile 

If it was good enough for Bruce Wayne on Lower Wacker, it's good enough for me. Would settle for Mystery Machine or a DeLorean equipped with Flux Capacitor.--K.G.

Porsche Carrera convertible 

Black. With those blacked-out hubcaps, which is basically a Batmobile.--A.G.

What is your realistic dream car?

1963 Ferrari California Spyder.--K.G.

The same as my dream car. I'm holding out for the dream car!--A.G.

What is your real car?

2005 Honda Civic.--K.G.

I sold my Volkswagen in 2010 and have used Zipcar ever since.--A.G.

What toy car would you want? 

Speed buggy, vroom a zoom zoom.--K.G.

Maybe a toy version of my dream car, so I can stare at it lovingly until I can figure out how to buy said dream car for myself.--A.G.

 

On the fifth day of Listmaskuh, social media editor and nationally syndicated columnist Scott Kleinberg dreams of everything from Bugatti to Matchbox, as long as Apple products are nearby.

What is your dream car?

Bugatti Veyron

This is a beautiful machine, and I want to spend all my free time in it. Plus, I've always wanted to go 200 mph on Lake Shore Drive (just kidding, officer). But I'm not buying it until it has Apple CarPlay as a standard option.

What is your realistic dream car?

Audi R8 

In this case, realistic would be 0 percent down for 700 months. But that's OK. It's stunning. And I'd happily eat once a week to be able to afford it. If I move to Key West some day, I'll choose the convertible. But in Chicago, I'll go standard V-10.

What is your real car?

Zipcar.

I gave up my 2001 Mustang in 2007. And my wife gave up her Hyundai Accent in 2010. Funny how living in the city works.

What toy car would you want?

First Matchbox car ever made. 

I used to collect them, and I had two from 1967 that were amazing. But I always wanted that first one.

 

On the fourth day of Listmaskuh, Autos Editor Robert Duffer plugged into an electrified wish list. 

What is your dream car?

Tesla Model S P85D:

Nothing matches the total package of gorgeous design, cutting-edge electronics, masterful performance, full-size luxury and eco-chic coolness of the Model S. Few match the price tag either.

What is your realistic dream car?

2015 Subaru Outback, same as what Meg Theno drives (her wish list is below).

What is your real car?

2006 Subaru Forester. I miss my 2002 Honda Odyssey, which is the best car I've ever owned.

What toy car would you want?

Alfa Romeo 4C: The sound, the looks, the go-kart-like thrills. It was the most fun car of the year; I'd play with it for as long as I could get in and out of it.

On the third day of Listmaskuh we get a more practical dream car wish list from Meg Theno, senior photo editor for Web and multimedia.

What is your dream car?

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

Beautifully engineered, ready for anywhere, with, I'm guessing, based on my past VW experiences, great little luxuries everywhere you look. Will have to win the lottery by the time it gets to the States.

What is your realistic dream car?

The one I just got, a 2015 Subaru Outback(also known as the Swiss Army knife of cars)

A reliable, power-infused but safe little six-cylinder tank with all-wheel drive that can take me anywhere I want to go — fast. It doesn't have all the luxury items of an Audi or BMW, but it has a lot of everything else.

What toy car would you want?

MG Midget convertible

Fun in the sun and a great tool for learning how to drive with a manual transmission.

On the second day of Listmaskuh, Tribune staff photographer Michael Tercha envisioned a less practical, Prius-free wish list.

What is your dream car?

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in gray, thank you very much. I wouldn't be able to handle the power (see "real car" below) but I can't think of a better vehicle to crash into a highway guard rail!

What is your realistic dream car?

2015 Audi Allroad

The Allroad is a beautiful wagon with a first-rate interior...just gorgeous. Have you seen the thing where you wave your hand in front off the door handle and it folds in the mirrors? So wonderfully unnecessary.

What is your real car?

2007 Toyota Prius

It has hubcaps and the navigation system is from 2007...don't be jealous.

What toy car would you want?

1966 to 1968 Porsche 912

I might have missed my window for this car. The "poor man's" 911 has gained value in recent years and is now more like the "upper-middle-class-I-know-that-you-know-this-is-actually-better-than-a-vintage-911-but-now-I'm-confused-because-the-cost-is-nearly-the-same-so-I-might-have-gotten-hosed-on-this-deal-damn-I-should-have-just-bought-a-911" 911.

For the first day of Listmaskuh, sports editor Joe Knowles shared his appreciation for cars without roofs. As a 40-year Joe knows.

What is your dream car?

Jaguar F-Type convertible

Hard to beat its looks. Had a couple of MGBs when I was younger, so I am familiar with the “reliability” of British cars. Hoping they’ve improved things since the days there were two six-volt batteries behind the seats and you had to keep an extra clutch cable in the glove box. I’d ask for an Aston Martin DB9, but that just seems too decadent, even for a dream.

What is your realistic dream car?

Infiniti Q60 convertible

Not as flashy as the Jag, certainly, but probably a lot less likely to leave you stranded and waiting for a tow truck. It’s not a powerhouse in terms of performance, but it would handle all my driving needs nicely. And it’s a convertible, so it’s automatically awesome.

What is your real car?

2009 Nissan Altima coupe

Yes, it’s like the lesser version of the Infiniti coupe. This body style never caught on and has since been discontinued, which is fine with me. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an Altima sedan. This version is much easier to find in the airport parking lot. Not terribly exciting, but extremely reliable.

What toy car would you want?

Audi TT

I’d really want a fully restored ‘60s-era American-made convertible, but if we are talking about cars currently in production, I guess I’d choose the little Audi roadster. Does that qualify as a toy? It’s a two-seater and you probably can’t even fit a hockey stick or a bag of clubs in the boot, so I’d say yes, it’s a toy.

 

    

Cars serve as transportation but some people also develop deep emotional attachments to a particular make and model.

Are you among them? What about someone you know?

In “2 Fieros for Want of a Ferrari,” Jim Koscs writes:

PATERSON, N.J. — A visit with Onix Taveras and his Pontiac Fieros begins with a basement tour in his neat Cape Cod style home — and a chat about television. Displays of action figures, wall posters and scale models from the various “Star Trek” series give away his favorite show.

The topic quickly changes to his favorite car and its screen roles. Mr. Taveras looks for TV shows and movies that feature the Fiero, a small, plastic-body two-seat sporty car that Pontiac offered in 1984-88. (The name is Italian for “proud.”) He especially likes an episode of the TV sitcom “How I Met Your Mother,” in which the character Marshall Eriksen (played by Jason Segel) mourns his Fiero’s engine failure just as the car is about to crest 200,000 miles.

Mr. Taveras said he identified with the story line, which recounted how the Fiero touched the lives of several friends.

“Everywhere I go with my car, people tell me their stories of a Fiero, one that they owned or rode in as a kid,” he said.

It was a TV series from three decades ago, “Miami Vice,” that put Mr. Taveras on the path to owning a Fiero. “I wasn’t really interested in cars until I saw that show,” he said. “Then, I was hooked.”

In the series, which depicted a glamorized version of South Florida’s violent illicit narcotics trade, fashion-forward detectives battled nefarious crime lords from the bucket seats of Ferraris — unlikely undercover police cars. The exotic sports cars liberally featured on the show kept Mr. Taveras, now 46, tuning in — and he still watches episodes on DVD.

“I love Ferraris, but I didn’t think I’d be buying one anytime soon,” he said.

Mr. Taveras grew up in Manhattan and the Bronx, where his first car, a Pontiac Firebird, was stolen. While shopping for a new one, something else caught his eye at the Pontiac dealership.

“I saw the Fiero GT on a brochure and knew that was my car,” he said. “To me, it was like a semiexotic.”

Students: Read the entire article, then tell us …

— What ideas expressed in the article resonate with you or remind you of someone you know?

— Do you have a dream car? If so, what is it?

— If you have a dream car, do you own it? If you don’t own your dream car, do you think there’s a chance that you will someday? Why or why not?

— If not a car, is there something else that you have thought about and wanted to own for a long time? What is it?

— Why do you think some people, like Onix Taveras, care so much about a particular car?


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