$240,000 is more money than some people will spend on cars in a lifetime. But what if you had to spend it all at once? Would you buy one car or multiple cars? Jalopnik readers have provided the ten best ways to spend 240,000 dollars on a car or two for the country club set.
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10.) Used Aston Martin DB9 Volante, Used BMW Z8, and Used BMW Z4 M
Suggested By: Vaxile
Why it works: While this collection may appeal a bit more to the BMW enthusiasts than to anyone else, a lot can be said for each car. The Z8 is full of style unlike any other car around (and is sure to impress), the Aston is undeniably gorgeous and a phenomenal GT car, and the Z4 M is understated enough to slip through traffic without drawing the ire of other drivers. And each is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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9.) Nissan GT-R Black Edition, Ferrari 330GT, Mercedes 190SL, Dodge Lil' Red Express
Suggested By: GuacamoleFire
Why it works: You've got the super-classy classic car in the 190SL ($44,500), you've got the cartoonish muscle truck ($16,900) for any kind of hoonage, and the GT-R to daily drive. Oh, and a $90,000 V12 Ferrari never hurt anyone. None of these cars will make you look poor, and they will all make you very, very happy.
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S8.) Jaguar XKR, classic Lincoln, 1970 GTO, V12 Packard, M3 track car
Suggested By: My X-type is too a real Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag
Why it works: This garage has all of your bases covered. You have an XKR ($97,500) for the daily driver, a '63 Continental convertible ($19,500) for swag, a '70 Pontiac GTO Judge ($49,995) for the ultimate muscle car, and a V12 '36 Packard sedan for the vintage motoring instrument. You'll even have enough spare change for an old E36 M3 to turn into a track car.
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7.) Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and BMW 2002 Turbo
Suggested By: J-diggity
Why it works: As far as daily driving goes, this one is a Mercedes so it's guaranteed to be a comfortable cruiser.It's also loud enough that people will hear your 6.2 liter V8 coming from about three miles away. With all the options checked on the SLS, you'll still have room for a very nice 2002 Turbo and some classic motoring.
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6.) Porsche 911 S and Espionage-spec Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
Suggested By: Frost
Why it works: Head into a Porsche dealer right now and get a deal on the outgoing 997 911 S. No matter how good the 991, you won't be disappointed in your decision. And because you'll be getting a great deal, you'll have enough cash leftover to pick up the recently updated Mercedes G63 AMG. You'll even have enough left in the budget to kit out the G63 with night vision cameras, a few laptops, every GPS known to man, a CB radio, and all kinds of radar jammers.
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5.) Aston Martin DB9, Lotus Elise, 1966 Mustang Fastback
Suggested By: Bullitt417 is lowering his Mustang GT
Why it works: The Elise is one of the ultimate track day sports cars and is unlikely to be beat by anything else in the fun department. The DB9 is gorgeous, showy in its charming and understated British way, and an immensely capable grand tourer. And the '66 Mustang is just icing on the cake, because it gives you some real classic cred. This trio of two-doors is a seriously good way to spend a cool quarter million.
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4.) Porsche 911 993 Turbo, Classic Corvette, and Range Rover Evoque
Suggested By: mpkezel
Why it works: The 993 Turbo is one of the most sought after 911 iterations, and despite being some 15 years old now will still punch in the same weight class as any newer sports car when you hand your keys to the valet. The classic Corvette is fun to have and great to look at, and the Evoque is an easy daily driver and foul weather friend. Not to mention the fact that no one will look down on you for getting the baby Range Rover, because this is one seriously good looking machine. Victoria Beckham doesn't endorse just any old car.
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3.) Spyker C8 Aileron
Suggested By: IamStephen
The truth: Here's a way to spend $240,000 on something truly unique that's nearly guaranteed to draw stares wherever it goes. And it's everyday reliable, too, thanks to an Audi-sourced V8. Plus, apparently when you buy a Spyker you also buy Victor Muller as a friend, who must be pretty cool to hang out with, having tried harder than anyone to save Saab.
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2.) Jaguar XFR and Audi R8 V10
Suggested By: SennaMP4
Why it works: This one's pretty simple. A mid-engined, V10 supercar that still looks completely fresh 6 years on and can be driven as often as you want. A lovely British sports sedan packing a 510 horsepower secret under the bonnet. These two go together like a glass of fine champagne goes with having another glass of fine champagne.
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1.) BMW M3, Porsche 911 Carrera S, and Volkswagen Touareg TDI
Suggested By: Avintador
Why it works: You've got your VW for your incognito days, your snowy days, and your moving days. And you've got as much luxury as any SUV with a 3-pointed star or 4 rings. Then when you need some fun in your life, or want to show off a badge, you've got both your M3 and your 911. Both work on the track, both work on the street, and both work everyday. The hardest part of this set of cars is deciding which one you're going to drive.
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