Here’s a variation on a question we’ve all debated on elementary school playgrounds. Back then, it was simple: “What’s your dream car?” Ah, to be so care-free again.
Ok, grownups, tighten your wallets for the 2009 version: “If you could own any car under $30k, what would it be?”
For me, it’s a tough choice. There are literally hundreds of way-cool cars in this price range I would be thrilled to own. Vintage Toyotas, for one, are near and dear to my heart; Celica All Trac, Crown, Carina, or even a Mark IV Supra could be had. But when all is said and done, one of the cars I fell in love with a long time ago is the R33 Nissan Skyline 4-door.
What an amazing ride. All the power and style that defined Skylines, plus the elegance and practicality of a large sedan. Japanese street monster in grocery-getter skin… It’ll put your butt back in the seat, eats corners for breakfast, and does it with cost of ownership similar to a Ford Taurus.
Since they were not sold in North America, this car would be a tough find. Even in Canada, where the Skyline enjoyed moderate success via gray market importers, it’s hard to find a really great example of the four-door persuasion. The few sedans stand out in a crowd… amazing machines, and my pick for dream car under $30k.
What would be in your garage if 30-large magically materialized? Hey, it could happen!