We are about to wade into a thorny conundrum – a daydream dilemma that’s been fretted over by every car nut that’s ever bought a lottery ticket: how to pick the perfect three-car garage.

Of course, if you win really, REALLY big you might want to go the full ‘Jay Leno’ and have a barn rammed with priceless classics. But it’s worth noting that the average Saturday Lotto win in the UK is ‘only’ £1.1 Million. Also, according to research, one of the most common regrets made by UK lottery winners is moving away from friends and family and buying a big house in the country. Plenty of room for that massive car collection, you might think, but you’ll no longer be within stumbling distance of your favourite local boozer, no friendly neighbours to feed the cat when you’re skiing in Meribel, no takeaway deliveries (not hot ones at least), sketchy phone signal, shit broadband, and little sense of community (unless you’re fond of horses or gassing badgers). Turns out that the little stuff of life in the ‘urban village’ is more important than we realise. So, let’s count our blessings and keep our fantasy simple with a relatively modest trio of motors.

According to the experts at Lottoland, if you do come into a ten-figure windfall, it’s generally a good idea to try and hide your recent win from those you know; it may be worth creating a ‘cover story’ and avoid sharing precise details of the amounts involved. With all this in mind, what real-world motors would you put into your three-car garage if your numbers come up … er, I mean your bitcoin investments pay off?

The three-car garage question has been the source of beer-fuelled argument in every barroom across the land since the first National Lottery draw took place in December 1994. The guys at Lottoland have come up with some interesting understated suggestions. However, the general consensus at MotorPunk HQ, is that there are three key staples in the perfect automotive stable: the Daily, the Workhorse and, of course, that yearned for Classic. So here goes …

My Perfect Three Car Garage

The Daily – Porsche Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo

As a recent ‘leccy convert myself, I think there’s a lot to be said for low-cost, low-guilt, low-effort motoring that a zero-emission vehicle offers as a daily driver. Of course, the biggest downside to early adopters is the inflated upfront cost of the most desirable fully electric cars. But since that’s no longer an issue, I’ll plump for a big posh plug-in Porsche.

The Cross Turismo is the shooting brake version of the Taycan, with the same 93.4kWh battery slung underneath offering 680 PS, almost 300 miles range and a blinking quick 0-62 time of just 3.3 seconds. Yes, it might be a little flash if we are trying to keep a low profile about our recent win, but who’s to say it’s not a lease car or a ‘green’ tax perk as part of your ‘new business’ cover story ?

The Workhorse – Volkswagen T6.1 California Beach

Covering all the bases is Volkswagen’s lower-spec camper/minivan with a compact kitchen and removable seats. No more polystyrene cups of tea, punctured airbeds or chemical bogs when I buy some extortionately priced touted tickets for Glasto 2022 with my lottery loot! And with all the van’s innards removed you’ve got the perfect allrounder for trips to the tip, mountain biking adventures and excursions to the coast.

And, of course, you might also need a towing vehicle for your speedboat/airstream/classic motorbikes … we’ll build a lean-to for these.

The Classic – Rennsport Carrera RSR Replica

Another Porsche? Yeah, but I kinda like the idea of my ultimate three-car garage having a consistent Germanic theme.

The air-cooled 911 is an engineering icon, and the sweet spot of its 34-year production run came in 1973 with the 2.8-litre Carrera RSR. Less than 200 of this race-focused Porsche were made and are among the most coveted classic 911s on the planet. As such, they almost never come up for sale.

However, in the heart of the Cotswolds is a company called Rennsport who will custom-build you a Carrera RSR replica with all the charisma of the original but with improved reliability and performance; plus the added bonus of being able to pick paint colours and trim just as you would have in ’73.

All in all, that’s about £400K worth of dream machinery. If the wheels fell off the automotive industry tomorrow, and no more motors were ever built, I’d be more than happy to stick with these cars until the end of days. But what about you? Post your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

About The Author

Darryl can usually be found up to his elbows in some unloved piece of BL detritus when he isn’t snapping and scribbling for various print magazines or producing the book on road tripping or tally-ho adventurers. As an occasional presenter on CBS's Carfection YouTube channel, his other hobbies include vintage Scalextrics, ‘60s Bang & Olufsen and dabbling in grassroots motorsport.

2 Responses

  1. Truckosaurus

    I was contemplating this very subject last weekend as I took a stroll and spotted a house with 3 complementary motorcars – a classic aircooled Beetle, a new Alpine A110 and a Pug 308 GTi daily.

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    • Darryl Sleath

      Good call. Modest though. Did your imagination only go as far as five numbers and a bonus ball?
      😉

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