What I want for Father’s Day

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Cars, naturally

Father’s Day is this Sunday, of course, and I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I’d like. Ties, socks, a good bottle of bourbon — all clichés; they simply won’t do (well, except maybe the bourbon). Time to aim higher, kids. Let’s look at some big-ticket items, shall we? Here’s my list, some old, some new, and in no particular order.



Porsche 911 Photo by Porsche


Porsche 911

Predictable, maybe, but also, arguably, the single greatest car of the last 50 years. I don’t want just any 911, though; it must be air cooled, meaning between the early 1960s and 1998. To me, few if any cars define driving joy like a 911 — near-perfect steering, plenty of power, responsive handling … I suppose I prefer a pre-1974, before Porsche slapped on the big bumpers to meet federal safety regulations. Timeless.



Jeep Wrangler Photo by Jeep


Jeep Wrangler

I’ll take the latest version, and I’ll opt for the five-door, please. I love the unmistakable, ahem, styling, and since the car is all but unstoppable off-road, I could access my favorite fishin’ holes. I’d pop for the Rubicon and its big wheels and tires, heavy-duty axles and upgraded transfer case — perfect for plodding along the trails on my way to catching zero fish. The steering is vague, the ride rough and it’s noisy as hell on the freeway. Perfect.



1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Convertible Photo by Pinterest


Vintage Corvette

The default choice here is a ’63 Sting Ray, aka Split Window, but no, I want a convertible, preferably unrestored but a solid runner. There’s a back story here: A few years ago I was driving from Pebble Beach up to San Francisco. About halfway up Highway 101 a rattyish, blue mid-’60s Sting Ray convertible flew by me, top down. Its body was paint splotched, but at the speed he was traveling the chassis and drivetrain had to be in good shape. I remember that car perfectly, and it’s exactly how I want mine: I want it to run well but to look like I don’t care. Because I don’t.



2016 Ford Mustang GT Photo by Ford


2016 Ford Mustang GT

You can keep your Shelby this and R that: Wearing a $33,000 base sticker and rocking 435 hp, your basic GT might be the biggest performance bargain on the market right now. It’s much better than any Mustang that came before, thanks in part to the (finally) independent rear suspension. There’s a refinement here that prior Mustangs simply didn’t have, and at my age, I need all the refinement I can get. My biggest decision is color. It looks good in yellow, though I also like the medium blue. Or maybe white. With blue stripes. Hmmmm.



2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

True, I haven’t yet driven the latest E, but I’ve always loved them, so I’m thinking why would Benz’s newest bread-and-butter car be any different? The ’17 E-Class looks like a baby S-Class (that’s a compliment), and the interior is a stunner. To me, E-Class on-road comfort and refinement, combined with sky-high build quality, have been hallmarks for at least 20 years. I expect the new, 10th-generation to continue the tradition.

Those are a few highlights. ’Course, if my kids wanted to spring for an original 300SEL 6.9 Mercedes “grosser” or 500E “hammer” I wouldn’t complain. Ditto an early ’70s Ford Bronco (orange, please).

What’s on your list?









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