There’s a big lottery jackpot again and everyone’s talking about what they’ll do with their money when they win. All I can think about is the cars I’ll buy to fill my garage when a multi-million dollar windfall hits my bank account. I’ve decided to make myself a list so that I don’t have to think about it too hard when I’m too wealthy for such taxing activities.
Kia K900 – $55,000
I’ll need a nice luxury highway cruiser to get from my summer home to my chalet and the 2019 K900 is just that car. Sure, flying is quicker, but I love driving so more money won’t change my mind about adventurous road trips. The K900 can deliver 9/10ths of a Mercedes S Class with better reliability, lower cost of ownership and the ability to fly under the radar, because it’s a Kia. Why are these items important to ultra-wealthy me? Time and convenience are the only luxuries left when you can already buy anything you want, so having a vehicle that doesn’t leave you stranded or spend time in a shop are a top priority. Having a bank account full of cash shouldn’t upend my frugal habits, I would be glad to maintain my cushy lifestyle for the foreseeable future. Lastly, one of the only downsides to being wealthy is the attention it causes. Your much more likely to be sued, cheated or scammed when someone thinks you have too many zero’s at the end of your bank statement, this is where a K900 lends itself better than an S-class.
Volvo V90 – $58,000
An AWD full size wagon makes the perfect everyday driver. I’ve always had a soft spot for Volvo wagons, even when they were quirky and odd looking. Now that they are absolutely gorgeous and at the cutting edge of luxury design, it’s a no brainer. To be honest, they really got me with the “Thor’s Hammer” headlight marketing mumbo jumbo. I don’t care if it’s corny, I want a Scandinavian wagon endowed with the headlights of Norse mythology. Volvo has also found a balance of luxury that is not as ostentatious as some other brands and I can respect that.
Toyota Land Cruiser – $85,000
Sometimes it snows 3 feet right before I need to be somewhere. Sometimes there is a muddy dirt road between me and the hiking trail I want to start from. I want something with true off road credibility in my millionaire garage. Why a Land Cruiser? Well, it checks all the boxes for the reasons I want the above cars and can drive through just about anything. I’ve also always found it hilarious that people buy an $85,000 Toyota that looks like it was designed 20 years ago. I’ll be laughing every time I drive it, especially knowing that I can park next to a Highlander and won’t be able to tell the difference.
Lexus LC – $92,000
Yeah, an LC V8 is not as pedestrian as the other cars in my garage. Sometime I do get the urge to drive around and turn heads and the LC is sexy with its long hood, V8 rumble and LF-A design cues. I could stare at it all day. Being a grand tourer, I could drive it all day too. It’s still not an impossibly expensive attention hog that will break down every few miles, so I think that I’ll be humble enough driving it through town. Oh, the interior is gorgeous too!
Lotus Ever 400 – $92,000
I argued with myself between an Evora and a 911 for a little while. Both are cars I’ve admired and spent much time dreaming about. I ultimately chose the Evora 400 for my dream lottery garage because I want to make at least one irrational choice and get the unlikely, unreliable and more flashy car because…… well I can afford to.
Final Lottery garage tally: $382,000
Yep, my dream garage is cheaper than a lightly optioned Rolls Royce Cullinan. It’s also interesting that any one of these cars are not completely out of reach in my lifetime, especially if I don’t win the lotto and am willing to look at the used market. Maybe instead of throwing my $2 into the lotto I’ll add it to an empty jar labeled “dream garage” and have better odds of landing one of these vehicles.