We Filled A Garage With Amazing And Entirely Unreliable Masterpieces On A $40,000 Budget


The whole garage is a ticking time bomb, but that's why it's so fun.

Our "Build A Three-Car Garage" articles have yielded some amazing results, and it is cool to think that you can buy three awesome cars for less than the price of one new one. However, what if we threw away all semblance of reliability? The four cars that we chose would have cost well over $200,000 if you had bought them new, but we got them all for less than $40,000 on the used car market.

On this list we decided to throw away any concerns that we might have with reliability. That is why we kick things off with a cheap Mercedes. We found this 2003 CL600 for just $10,000. The car is for sale in Florida with 97,000 miles on it. When it was new, the CL600 would have cost you over $96,000. However, the twin-turbocharged 493-horsepower V12 is not the most cost-efficient or reliable engine out there. That is why you can now buy one of these for less than a new hatchback with manual windows. Still, the amazing oomph from the V12's 590 lb-ft of torque and a host of luxury features like massaging seats and beverage cooler make this CL600 an amazing bargain.

The Mercedes V12 is a nice start, but we can certainly find something that is a bit less reliable. For this, we turn to the Italians. For just $12,988 we picked out a 2002 Maserati Spyder GT. When it was new this Italian sports car, with a 4.2-liter V8, would have set you back around $84,000. The V8 in the Spyder GT produces 390 horsepower, but the old fashioned single-clutch automated-manual was known for being jerky and destroying itself. Just for reference, replacing the clutch will cost you around $3,500. Even minor parts like the key and ash tray cost hundred of dollars. There is a reason why this Maserati is so cheap. No one can afford the parts for it. However, we don't care about reliability on this list.

For those of you who think that our V12 Mercedes and V8 Maserati are a bit ridiculous, you'll be happy to know that our next choice is a little more down to earth. For just $4,999 we picked a 2002 Volkswagen Passat W8 with 93,000 miles on it. Before there was the Bentley Continental or the Bugatti Veyron, Volkwagen was testing the W-engine in the Passat. The 4.0-liter eight-cylinder in the Passat produces 270 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque going out to all four wheels. Back in 2002, the W8 Passat would cost around $40,000, but due to the car's extreme German complexity you can now buy one for an eighth of its original price. It won't be a reliable daily, but that's sort of the point here.

For our final car we have combined the two greatest phrases that we could possibly think of (at least for this list): "classic" and "hand-built in England." We found this 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow for $11,900. The car has 89,000 miles on it but looks practically new. It may be a stylish British classic, but saying that something was hand-built in England just means that everything will break and that nothing will fit when you buy replacement parts. We think that the Silver Shadow is the perfect car to cap off our unreliable, but badass, dream garage.

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