Thirteen Jalopnik Writers Own A Total Of 41 Cars, Trucks And Motorcycles

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I love this stupid car so much. Despite the amount of money I’ve spent keeping it going over my three-and-a-bit years of ownership, every single time I drive it I get reminded how wonderful it is.

Oh, and I’ve never taken the hard top off. I don’t really like convertibles – I rarely even drive with the windows down – and I’m terrified of the hydraulically operated soft top failing and costing me additional thousands to fix. So my 300SL is strictly a coupe. It looks better that way anyway. – DG

Bradley Brownell – 1991 Cadillac Allanté

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After many thousands of dollars put into the car, some of which was to fix ridiculous maintenance mistakes done by previous owners like an epoxy-covered headgasket, my SL is finally running exceptionally well. There are still a handful of old-German-car problems, like a broken odometer, busted power headrests and some loose trim pieces, but I’ve got no qualms about taking my wonderful roadster on a long road trip.

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This is my 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which I bought back in the spring of 2021 about a year after moving to Los Angeles. I didn’t care about getting something especially sporty – if I want to hit the canyons, I’ll take whatever press car I’ve got – instead going for a car that is perfectly suited to a drive along the Malibu coastline or getting groceries in the city. Paramount to my decision-making was that my car had to be flashy and unique, which my SL certainly is thanks to its two-tone teal paint, gold pinstripes, chrome wheels and gold badges. (The (heart)MYSLMB plate came with the car, too.)

Sometimes you just have terrible luck buying a car. I flew to North Carolina to buy this car and drive it home. A quarter mile from my driveway it decided it didn’t want to run right anymore, and I’ve been chasing the problem for almost two years. I had big plans for this thing, but these days it mostly just sits in storage and pisses me off. – BB

Rob Emslie – 2001 Porsche Boxster

Convertibles are amazing, and some of the best cars of all time. Everyone loves to put the top down on a beautiful day. Well, except Daniel.

Daniel Golson – 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SL

My 2001 Porsche 986 Boxster in triple black. This was my “pandemic project car” that I bought back in 2020, but that has always been a runner, needing only some cosmetic and minor maintenance work to keep it happy. It’s not the quickest of my cars, but out of the three convertibles I have, it’s the only one with a power top (and the only one currently running). One of the best aspects of owning a Porsche—even a lowly 986—is being a member of the Porsche Club of America. The PCA is one of the biggest and most active car clubs around, so there’s always plenty of shenanigans to be had. -RE

Andy Kalmowitz – 2007 BMW Z4 3.0si

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been infatuated with the E85 Z4… for better or worse. I always considered it my attainable dream car, and while it always hasn’t been a dream to own, I always find it to be a dream to drive. I know that 7-year-old me looking at pictures of a 2003 Z4 in an auto magazine would be incredibly proud of the fact I was able to get one.

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Unfortunately, I just do not get to drive it nearly as much as I would like. You see, I bought this car in September of 2020. I was fresh-ish out of college and living at home. Within two months I was living in Manhattan and obviously no longer needed a car. I’ve constantly considered selling it. Even with the work I’ve done, it’s appreciated a decent amount since I first bought it. But, every single time I drive it I say “forget it” and fall back in love.

If you’ve ever got the chance to buy your childhood dream car, do it. Nothing will make you happier. – AK