Breaking up is hard to do. It gets easier when there's a great car waiting on the other side. Here's the top ten commenter-selected post-breakup cars.
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10.) Toyota Corolla
Suggested By: keithrsquires
Why It Will Ease The Pain: According to commenter keithrsquires, the best breakup car isn't anything fast or showy, it's the car that gets you away. His ride of choice? A decades-old, beat-to-hell Corolla. Why jump from one passionate relationship to another? Why not transition with a little beige.
It got him and all of his stuff out of town and to Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts the summer after his breakup. The car became a friend, and put enough distance between him and his heartache before throwing in the towel, finding Keith a new ladyfriend along the way. This one isn't about getting away stylishly or quickly, it's about the relationship between man and machine. Sounds like a happy ending to me.
9.) 1969 Bristol 411
Suggested By: modisch
Why It Will Ease The Pain: An old British grand tourer at first seems more likely to break down and keep you stuck with your ex, unable to escape. Once running though, the Bristol's huge 383 Chrysler V8 will have no problem hauling you and all your stuff in the large trunk out of town. Big enough for any friends you might make along the way, the comfort of a grand tourer would certainly be appreciated for those long highway miles. Most importantly though, the Bristol is unassuming enough that no one will think you're compensating for anything.
Photo credit: Octane
8.) 1965 Cadillac DeVille Convertible
Suggested By: My X-Type Is Too A Real Jaguar
Why It'll Ease The Pain: My X-Type just wants to have a good time in the post-breakup world. Taking big American iron out on old Route 66 and cruising for as long and for as far as possible, X-Type knows that happiness is best experienced with a delicious burger at a roadside diner in the middle of nowhere, and then looking out over miles of hood at the countryside.
Photo credit: steffe, flickr
7.) DeLorean DMC-12
Suggested By: HoserDave
Why It'll Ease The Pain: Hoser Dave suggests reasons different from our own for picking the DMC-12. Replies to his answer are closer to our own thoughts. Why not take the DeLorean back in time to relive moments from the relationship? Both the good and the bad, so that an accurate appraisal of it could be determined. And then, if it really doesn't work out, you should have no problems picking up chicks with a ride as cool as that.
6.) Volvo P1800
Suggested By: SantaRita
Why It'll Ease The Pain: Not needing the fastest car seems to be a theme here. It is all about the journey, after all. Which is good, because in the P1800 you won't be getting anywhere fast. But you'll look really good meandering, and probably have a good time meeting locals as you stop to find spare parts along the way.
5.) Mini Cooper S
Suggested By: FormerlyPreferredCustomer
Why It'll Ease The Pain: Clearly, FormerlyPreferredCustomer has his priorities straight: "Am I trying to meet women after the breakup? Because, if so, Mini Cooper S. I've said it before and I'll say it again—women rarely, if ever, ask me about the various BMWs I've driven, or the Subarus, or the Mustangs. All those cars that guys buy to impress women end up just impressing other guys. The Mini, on the other hand? It's sparked a LOT of conversations with members of the opposite sex." Plenty more fish in the sea, as your mom always told you.
4.) Caterham R500
Suggested By: LPscuderiaSV
Why It'll Ease The Pain: LPscuderiaSV talks about being able to do all the things his wife won't let him do now if he were ever to get divorced. The short list includes rushing out and buying a Caterham right away. I can't fault that logic. Also, if he were ever to see her in town, he could get out of there real fast. Good luck getting your new girlfriend to hop in the passenger seat though, buddy.
3.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Suggested By: LilWillie
Why It'll Ease The Pain: Why wouldn't it? It's a Camaro. It's loud, it's quick in a straight line, it'll look like a million bucks. Anyone who doesn't feel a smile creep across their face driving a Camaro, even after the nastiest of breakups, is too far gone. The Camaro can cure all ills.
Photo credit: Carrosantigos.com
2.) Volvo 240
Suggested By: Turbo60640
Why It'll Ease The Pain: Clearly not compensating for anything, Turbo60640 decides to go the practical Swedish route. Armed with a 4-speed transmission, the 240 is a low-key choice for someone just emerging on the other side of a romantic split. It speaks volumes about the owner, setting them up to be someone confident, practical, and well-adjusted. Any woman not immediately attracted to a man behind the wheel of a 240 surely must be crazy.
Photo credit: kenjonbro, flickr
1.) Ferrari 355
Suggested By: brnout
Why It'll Ease The Pain: Because nothing screams "I just got dumped!" like 8 Italian cylinders in the middle of a bright red sports car. The 355 is just about attainable, as far as used Ferraris go, and is just modern enough to have the necessary comforts for cross-country road trip soul-searching. And, in case that wasn't enough, even though it's just over 10 years old it still looks absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. The ladies will come running.