10 cars you need to drive before you die

Would you go for speed, timeless charm or crazy features?

Neil Churchill January 8, 2015

If you were given a choice of what single car to drive for the rest of your life, chances are you’d probably go with a luxury saloon, or a leading sports car. And we wouldn’t blame you; we’d probably do the same.

But if instead you were allowed to drive 10 cars before your time on earth comes to an end, what would they be? It’s easy to jump the gun and name 10 Ferraris or a mix of Porsche and Maserati models. But with the option of 10, the trick is to mix things up.

As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life. With that in mind, here are the 10 cars you must drive before you die:

Ford Model T Drive a Ford Model T.

The number one motor you should drive before all else is the bedrock of today’s automobile world. Created in 1908, the Ford Model T was the first mass-produced car as we know it and within 10 years, it accounted for half of all cars in the US. This thing is genesis. Plus, you'll appreciate the other nine so much more if you drive this first.

McLaren F1 Drive a McLaren F1. Bugatti may have shaken the supercar world to its core when it unveiled the first Veyron back in 2005, but it was the McLaren F1 that rewrote the history books for racing purity. 0-100 km/h takes 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 391 km/h.

Mercedes G 63 AMG 6x6 Mercedes G 63 AMG 6x6. Because if you’re going to go off-road, six wheels are better than four. Covering the SUV segment, the G 63 AMG 6x6 is in a different league to Range Rovers, Escalades or Hummers.

Jaguar E-Type Jaguar E-Type. The British company has made a lot of noise in recent years with its new luxury and sporty models, but it will never do better than the E-Type. Previously ranked the most beautiful car of all time and the top sports car of the 1900s, the E-Type rings true of the famous John Keats quote: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

Aston Martin DB5

Renowned for being James Bond’s classic ride, the DB5 was actually the final evolution of the DB4 series, but who cares, it’s become an icon in its own right.

Ferrari LaFerrari Ferrari LaFerrari. Obviously a Ferrari needs to be on this list, but picking which one is like picking your favourite Victoria’s Secret model. So we’ve gone for the newest, and the most powerful Ferrari ever. The Enzo would certainly run it close, as would the timeless 250 GTO, but with 950 horsepower under its bonnet, we’d take the new child.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe Rather than being behind the wheel yourself, you would probably opt to be chauffeur driven in the Phantom. Even so, this massive car still makes the list for being probably the most high-end luxurious vehicle ever made. 

Lamborghini Veneno Lamborghini Veneno We really wanted to include the Batmobile in this list, but keeping to our one rule that all cars must actually be real, instead we picked the closest thing on the road to the dark knight's Tumbler – the Lamborghini Veneno.

Original Austin Mini Cooper Original Austin Mini Cooper. Famous for its size – or lack thereof – the Mini was an icon of late 1990s motoring and was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T. Driving along at its max speed of 115 km/h in fourth gear is absolutely terrifying.

A Formula 1 car Senna's McLaren F1 car. Let’s finish with some speed. The chance of you driving a Formula 1 car while it is still in its racing pedigree is less than zero. However, when F1 cars are put out to pasture, they can be sold to private buyers for the right price. If we had the chance, we'd take an old classic like Aryton Senna's McLaren MP4/4.