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What Four Cars Inspired You The Most?

I’m not saying this is my answer, but it is a photo of four cars I like.
I’m not saying this is my answer, but it is a photo of four cars I like.

Twitter is endlessly hilarious and horrible, but every now and then it can be fun and thought provoking. In video-game Twitter, the hashtag #GameStruck4 was this past week. It essentially asked users to list the four video games that were the most influential on their lives, or on their hobby in general.


(If you’re curious, my answer would be Mega Man 2, Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo 2 and Final Fantasy 7. I know, I’m not very original!)

Anyway, this is a question that translates easily into other interest groups, including cars, so I figured it would be fun to use it for us. What are the four cars that inspired you the most, or had the biggest impact on you as an enthusiast?


For me, it’s a lot harder to pick four cars than it is to pick four games. But I’d probably go with the E30 BMW 3 Series, which I recently owned and regularly consider owning again; the Subaru WRX, a huge obsession when I was a budding teenage car enthusiast and something I’d own later in life; the Mazda Miata, which my father owned for a few years and which has provided the car community and grassroots racers with endless fun; and the Citroën SM, which represents everything I love about weird, insane and delightful cars.

That’s not a very original list either! Shit.

What’s your #CarStruck4? Maybe you can do better than I did.

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

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Tom McParland

1. Porsche 928 - It was the first Porsche I fell in love with as a kid. I didn’t know at the time the motor was in the “wrong” spot for a Porsche.

2. F-Body Chevy Camaro - First car I really wanted to buy as a teen. Then State Farm Insurance killed my dreams. I will always have a place in my heart for an American muscle car with a V8 and RWD.

3. 95' Prelude Si - The car I bought because a muscle car wasn’t in the cards. I learned to appreciate good handling over raw power.

4. Porsche 911- Because one of these days I’ll have one in my driveway.