• Erik JP Drobey

My Have-It-All, Do-It-All Garage

Hopefully you’re familiar with my colleagues’ lists of money-no-object garages. They’re all fun reads, and collectively here at EveryDay Driver, we’ve amassed quite the (imagined) collection so far:


Scott’s Mount Rushmore

Bill’s dinner with André (and five interesting cars)

Jason’s dream garage

Nate’s Powerball-winning shopping-spree


Many of these cars have long been inked on my own bucket-list. Indeed, I can easily assemble a dream garage from among my fellow writers’ lists. For my exercise, though, I’ve decided to pull any of the previously mentioned cars (models regardless of generation) out of my own dream garage. That, sadly, disqualifies the Ferrari 250 GT SWB California (arguably the most beautiful convertible of all time), the Acura NSX (which I fell in love with as soon as I valet-parked one many years ago), and the Mazda RX-7. I also have tried to assemble a garage that could, theoretically, do it all—each representing a standout in its own right, and collectively forming a veritable Voltron of vehicular glory and might. As a result, I haven’t stocked my garage full of supercars. For the fun of it, I sourced rough prices for each car.


THE GT CAR THAT WOULD PAIR FABULOUSLY WITH MY VINTAGE 70s LEATHER BLAZER

The Alfa Romeo Montréal

I love Montréal, and not only because I was born near there. It’s a glorious city–my favorite in North America–but that Québec ville has got its quirks. Montréal is an old-world/new-world mashup, elegant and cobbled together, a linguistic and cultural mosaic. The Alfa Romeo Montréal (dubbed as such because it debuted there in the 70s) embodies that city’s ethos. It’s not Alfa’s most refined offering, but it’s fabuleux all the same. I’m also Italian, so it’s emblematic of my own Canadian-Italian origins. I’d get it in the gold depicted here. Because gold.

According to Bringatrailer.com, the average selling price for the Alfa Romeo Montréal since 2020 has been $74,583. What a bargain!

All photos of the Montréal from Motortrend.com.



THE SOMEWHAT PRACTICAL DAILY DRIVER THAT’S NOT AN SUV AND IS A STATION WAGON, DAMMIT

The Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo

I wanted to include a Porsche on this list, and I could have filled the garage with them. In the end, I’ve chosen the Taycan for this garage (if money is no object, I can always add Caymans and 944s later!). Why? As the badge’s first EV offering, the Taycan is still, through and through, a Porsche, which means, according to auto journalists like Tom Voelk, the Taycan sacrifices virtually nothing when it comes to driving dynamics, performance, and poise. The GTS Sport Turismo, with 590hp and plenty of performance, is purportedly equally at home on a road trip and a track, and would also be just fantastic to commute in.

The Taycan GTS Grand Turismo starts at $133,000 before any tax incentives.

Photo from Porsche.com/usa.


THE “I HAVE MONEY AND AM A TRUE DRIVING ENTHUSIAST” WEEKEND TRACK & (BARELY) STREET-LEGAL CAR

The BAC Mono

I mean, if money is no object, this one-person track rocket would be an easy choice. And a heck of a lot of fun to drive, no doubt. Not sure if the BAC Mono is street-label in California; if so, then backroad runs would be spectacular in this car, if overkill (and perhaps a little dangerous).

According to a quick Google search, a BAC Mono would set me back by about $250,000. Sold.


Photo from bac-mono.com.


THE “DID I JUST TAKE UP GARDENING? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?” CAR/THING

The Ford F150 Lightning XLT

I’m not one for pickup trucks, but I must admit, they’re great to have around for hauling. I’d opt for Ford’s soon-to-be-released F150 Lightning EV truck, which, by all accounts, would more than meet my needs for the occasional garden-center run and the more frequent trips to the track (pulling a trailer housing the BAC Mono and other track toys).

The XLT starts at $72,474 before incentives.


Photo from Ford.com.


THE CAR I THINK IS JUST GREAT AND WOULD PROBABLY DRIVE MOST OF THE TIME

The Mazda MX-5 Miata (ND2)

Yes, my current daily driver will always have a spot in my dream garage. I am fortunate to own a car that’s loads of fun to drive, returns impressive gas-mileage, and would likely remain the car I’d drive the most regardless of which crazy-expensive vehicles were to grace my dream garage.

I paid just over $36,000 for my MX-5, which includes optional Brembo brakes, BBS wheels, and Recaro seats. It’s spectacular.




Erik JP Drobey lives in San Francisco. He chronicles some of his culinary and vehicular adventures on Instagram as @zjpd.


The views and opinions expressed here are his own and may not align with the founders of Everyday Driver.

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