I guess this is a chain letter of sorts, then, only it's for car guys. Oh wait damn there have to be consequences to breaking the chain. I can't really tag people in Kinja, so whoever reads this will be compelled to respond. If you break the chain then you'll get a CEL... AND YOU WON'T HAVE A DIAGNOSTICS TOOL! That should do it.
My list, in no particular order:
1. 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0
The first Porsche I ever drove was a 997 and driving a GT3 RS made things even better. This is the ultimate driver's car, with a naturally-aspirated engine, the 4.0 from the 911 GT3 R and RSR race cars while making more power. Plus, a manual transmission and it's probably going to be the last GT3 to have one before PDK arrives. The sound under hard acceleration is amazing and it is a real race car for the road. This car will be spoken about in reverence.
2. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7
The first of the naturally-aspirated 911s that were race cars for the road, and its air-cooled engine sounds fantastic. This car is my favorite car of my favorite period of history, the early 1970s, when "racing was dangerous and sex was safe." These have skyrocketed in value, but they are extraordinarily worth it to have.
3. 2006 Ford GT
I would buy one of these and modify the hell out of it, because that 5.4 liter supercharged V8 could take it. It's a pity that Ford never took the GT racing because it is a better car than the F430 and quite even the 458 Italia. The Americans can make an excellent supercar as shown by the Ford GT. Why not the 1960s GT40 race cars, because they are way too expensive and I know I wouldn't have the same amount of fun as in this modern version. Plus driving a GT40 race car becomes a chore in anything but a race.
4. 2004 BMW M3 CSL (E46)
Once Jeremy Clarkson tested this on the Isle of Man on Top Gear I was hooked. I have always been a fan of the BMW inline-sixes but the one in the CSL takes the cake. With a lighter body and more power out of one that M3 engine they made a good car even better. It only had the SMG but the car is still extraordinarily good.
5. Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB
Everybody wants a 250 GTO. I say why. Because FERRARI RACE CAR and rare and because worth $30 million. You will never feel comfortable driving it because of comfort and the fact that it's worth so much. Plus it's not as good-looking as the SWB Berlinetta. The GTO was actually based on this car.
Enough about the GTO, because the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB is beautiful and an excellent GT racer. The 3 liter V12 sounds amazing because it's an early Ferrari and it will make you enjoy driving a lot more than any of the current Ferraris. It's only downside is that it's worth $10-15 million.
If I'm ever wealthy enough to commission my own customized Ferrari, I'm asking for it to be inspired by this car.
6. 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series
I needed at least one car with the AMG M156 motor (6.2-liter AMG V8 with natural power) on this list, because the sound of that engine when merging quickly onto the freeway is one of the best sounds known to man. Sure, it's always going to be mated to the AMG Speedshift, but the cars were meant for the road and not really the track. It's going to have a remapped ECU for more power. Furthermore, Clarkson bought this after he tested it and I don't blame him.
7. 2003 Honda NSX-R
The swan song of the NSX, which Ayrton Senna helped engineer. It is an amazing car with regards to handling and makes me wonder what a pity it is for Honda not to make a proper sports car anymore. When it came out in the early 1990s, it put Ferrari and Lamborghini on notice. Even in 2003 NSX-R configuration, the car handles brilliantly. The only problem is that it's only RHD as a result of being a JDM model. And I'll have mine in Championship White with white wheels.
8. 2011 Range Rover Autobiography Supercharged (L322)
So shoot me. This list was supposed to be about cars, not SUVs. But there is something about a car which can do almost anything, while still getting from 0-60 in under 6 seconds and being an excellent off-roader. Plus the interior is amazing and driving it off-road is so much fun. Plus a fold-down tailgate means a better tailgate party experience for all.
9. 2013 Toyota 86
There must be one affordable car on this list, one that I can modify to my heart's content and not feel bad about it. I can mess around with suspension, the wheels, and the engine without ever feeling bad. This car is fun and makes me think Toyota can cater to the car guys. Not enough power? Who cares?
10. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C
I saw a whole procession of Shelby Cobras during the Quail Motorsports Gathering and they looked and sounded fantastic. It's the only convertible on the list but one which I would have so much fun driving, especially at Laguna Seca, though I would most likely die come Nurburgring.
(This list would probably have had a lot more Porsches but I managed to limit myself for the sake of diversity.)
I'm waiting for all of your responses.
Special thanks to my buddy Bilal for first starting this on Facebook.
Photos per the respective manufacturers. Ferrari photo per ferrari.vintage.free.fr. Shelby photo courtesy Autoblog.