Chances are, there are a few automobiles you’ve envisioned parked in that 10-car garage you’ve built up in your mind. Trust us, you’re not alone. Which is why we’ve compiled this list of our top 10 dream cars from the past year, including some we tested and some we have as yet only admired from afar. Enjoy.
2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S: Nearly five months after test-driving the Mercedes-AMG GT S, we still haven’t shaken the craving for more time in the sports car. It’s tough to pinpoint what’s more impressive: the look… or the rush you get driving the 500-plus horsepower coupe on Wisconsin’s backroads.
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R: Although it was designed purely for dominating the racetrack, the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R is quite a head-turner as well. The custom ’Vette, which looks like something you’d find Bruce Wayne driving when he’s not saving Gotham, features a widened body, full aero kit and a 6.2-liter V-8, spewing a whopping 600 horsepower.
Jeep Chief Concept: You won’t find many who wouldn’t mind having this concept parked in their garage. Sure, it might look a lot like an old-school Ford Bronco but the Jeep nameplate gives it a lot more cred both on road and off. Being among the lucky few to test-drive this one-off concept is an experience we’ll always treasure.
2016 Shelby GT350: If we had to pick one car that truly captured the spirit of the American automobile in 2015, it’s gotta be the new Shelby GT350, which generated more buzz than just about any car. But not until we actually had a chance to drive the new 526-horsepower Shelby did we realize how special it is.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Spider by Scaglietti: Showcased at the prestigious 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this ’59 Ferrari 250GT easily ranks as one the most prized rides on our list. Taking ownership of this classic convertible, however, requires a lot more than wishful thinking; it sold for $8.5 million at the Monterey, California event.
Lincoln Continental Concept: Unveiled at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, it’s one of the hottest cars to wear the Lincoln nameplate in decades. You didn’t have to look much further than the crowds flocking around the concept at the bustling NYC event for proof of that. And with Lincoln making plans to roll out a production model, the new Continental promises to be one of those few dream cars we can actually get our hands on.
2015 RAM Rebel: The idea of a RAM modified with features like a blacked-out grille and matte black 17-inch aluminum wheels didn’t intrigue us much on paper. But seeing the pickup in the flesh definitely made a lasting impression. After all, if you’re going to dream of owning a fleet of hot cars, it only makes sense to dream of owning a cool truck as well to haul some of your more prized collectibles around.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro Black Concept: Every dream garage needs something a bit sinister. Keeping that in mind, we couldn’t find any car unveiled this past year that fits the bill better than the 2016 Chevy Camaro Black Concept. Showcased at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, the lower-profiled SS model is dressed in a Mosaic Black Metallic exterior with darkened trim, tinted glass and black 20-inch wheels.
Defender 2,000,000: When it comes to collectible SUVs, the two-millionth Defender certainly has earned its spot on this list. The special SUV represents a significant milestone in British automotive history and is the only one of its kind in the world. Of course, getting your hands on the special Defender would require a bit of magic (a.k.a. money), given that it was just reportedly auctioned for nearly $600,000.
2016 McLaren 675LT: No so-called dream car list is complete without a bona fide, wish-you-could-hit-the-lottery super car. And no such vehicle making its street debut in 2015 left us in awe more than the limited-edition McLaren 675LT. Even when stuck in the thick of Hollywood traffic, behind the wheel of this 666 horsepower car you can’t help but smile like a daydreaming kid.