If you are looking for a Collector Car that you can drive to work, show, race and generally have fun with what would it be? Over time I have learned that it is extremely difficult to find a car that can do all of these things. I have tried over the years and failed miserably a number of times.
The problem is that once you start modifying your daily driver it is likely less dependable and hates sitting in traffic. Fancy paint makes you afraid to park your car. Worst of all, once you have spent lots of money on your ride you become protective of it and it sits.
Arguably, the biggest problems is finding a really fun car that is reasonably priced, gets good mileage, goes like stink and is a car you are proud to be seen in. Believe me I have been there more than once and the result is multiple cars in the garage. (That’s not a bad thing but is can get expensive!)
The solution, find a low mileage early C5 Corvette. If you are really serious, make it a ZO6. These cars can get close to 30 miles to the gallon if driven conservatively and 26 if you are heavy footed. A ZO6 is rated at 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds. That is fast even by today’s standards. They have a terrific radio and air conditioning. The big draw back is there are only 2 seats but how many times do you really have more than 2 people in your collector car?