I was reading a post on PorschePurist.com a few weeks ago about Filling Your Dream Garage (read the post here) and it reminded me of a category I’ve been meaning to get going for a few months now called Ultimate Car List. My original plan was to identify cars as I wrote about them that would go on my ultimate list if I could have any Porsche I wanted.
I also had every intention of putting together a more succinct list of ultimate cars. The big hangup with putting together a defined list, though, is how you narrow it down to just 5, 10 or even 20 Porsches. There are way too many cars that I’d love to own at some point in my life (both Porsche and otherwise), so the list keeps getting put off because the task seems so daunting.
I’m going to try to conquer my fears and tackle an Ultimate Car List Top 5 over the next few weeks. I’ve been giving it a lot of thought and already have twice as many cars as I’m allowing myself after really sharpening my pencil and crossing off a number of “must have” cars. The cars will be listed in no particular order since that would probably put me over the top and drive me to abandon this thing altogether.
I’m only putting cars on the list that are actually available to own (assuming money is no object). Cars like No. 1 are not going on the list since there’s no humanly possible way to actually own that car short of buying Porsche (which again is not possible). In actuality, I could own all of these cars at some point in my life, which is part of the fun of putting together a list like this in my opinion.
Today’s vehicle is one that’s probably on just about every Porsche enthusiast’s list. It’s a 356 Speedster. I’d love a 1950’s example like the one pictured above. I’m guessing the one pictured is not 100% stock, but if I were buying, a stock example in gray would be my ultimate choice.
The Porsche 356 Speedster is on my Ultimate Car List for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it’s Porsche’s first production vehicle. It set the stage for the modern day Porsches we’re driving today. It embodies the Porsche “spirit” and it’s roots. Every Porsche fan, whether of modern day cars, classics or somewhere in between, has to have at least a bit of a soft spot for the 356 since it was Porsche’s first.
Second, the Speedster represents one of the ultimate summer cars to me. Open air. Classic look. Kind of a throw back to simpler times. I imagine driving one would immediately transport you to another time and place. I love cars that seem to make whatever cares or worries you have melt away as soon as you slide behind the wheel. Although I’ve never driven a Speedster, I imagine that’s exactly what driving one would be like.
Ultimate Car List Top 5:
- 356 Speedster (1950s)