Ford Focus S or Mercedes-Benz S600? Which would you choose?

(c) 2014 Ford Motor Company

(c) 2014 Ford Motor Company

Cars. For some people they are only a mode of transportation while for others they are something special. The point of this is to show you that you don’t need to be a millionaire to drive truly amazing cars.

The 2014 Ford Focus S has a base price of $16,635 and that is the budget. I’ll probably push the budget by a few dollars with some of these choices but you’ll get the idea. For about the same as a base model economy sedan you can get something far from the base model.

 

Choice One: Luxury

2004 Mercedes-Benz S600

2004 Mercedes-Benz S600

This car may be 10 years old but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. It doesn’t look outdated and except for the built in phone it doesn’t feel outdated either. When this car was new it retailed for almost $123,000. A decade later you don’t find yourself missing features. If a base model Focus has it now chances are this car had it 10 years ago as well as some very nice extras. For instance all of the seats have electric adjustments. That includes the back seats. Built in massagers are a nice compliment to the both heated and cooled seats. That trim you see is real walnut.

5.5L V6 producing 493 bhp

5.5L V6 producing 493 bhp

Luxury is great but do you know what is even better? When that luxury has almost 500 bhp. This S600 has a 5.5L V12 under the hood. While it might hurt when you fill up at the gas station you’re guaranteed to be smiling every time the stoplight turns green.

So what does a luxury car with a huge engine go for these days?

 $16,800

And yes. That is the buy it now price, not just the current bid. Ebay Link

That’s hardly your only option though. Let’s move on to…

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BMW M2

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Remember when I said that the¬†Classic Car Club had an M2? Well the M2 is a special breed of M cars. It’s a breed never actually made by BMW. It takes the body of a 2002 or 2002tii (a fantastic BMW. Some call it the best BMW ever made.) and takes the power train of an E30 M3 (another cult classic, the E30 was the first M3). This is a fantastic car. I think I’ll start by trying to buy a E30 325i and work my way up to an M2. In the meantime enjoy the video!

-Martin

How To Drive Classic Cars Every Day — JALOPNIK ON DRIVE

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Yes I’ve been on a bit of a car kick lately. This is most likely due to the fact that it is currently snowing outside (welcome to April in Minnesota).

I have never been to New York City. I’m sure I’ll get there soon and if I ever find myself inside the Classic Car Club I’m sure I’ll be buying a cheap Brooklyn apartment and spending $8,000/year to drive these cars. In the mean time I’ll just keep on watching this video. For those of you around Manhattan here is their website: classiccarclubmanhattan.com

I think I might have to book a flight to New York. Oh and they also have a BMW M2. I’ll post a video about what an M2 is later. I’ll give you a hint. It involves a classic M car and 2002… and I’m not talking about the year.

Best way to get from NYC to LA? BMW M5!

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You may not know this but the best way to get from NYC to LA is in a 2000 BMW M5 (thats the E39 type for you petrol heads). It’s also a pretty fast way to get there. 31 hours 4 minutes to be exact.

Warning: Don’t try this at home!
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