- No one knows for certain in what car more babies were conceived, but legend has it that the 57 Chevy improves the odds of getting pregnant.
Top Ten Date Cars: Automakers and their advertisers have taken care of telling us which vehicles are appropriate for towing the boat, carrying the family, saving the planet, or doing incredible burnouts in that yet-discovered town where such activity goes unpunished. However, we’re left to our devices when selecting a ride that fits our lifestyle, which marriage and divorce statistics would suggest includes a significant amount of dating. The following list, admittedly written with a bias toward the male audience, should offer some ideas. In the worst case scenario, we hope it provides some entertainment on those strike-out nights spent at home surfing the Web.
by Thom Blackett
Photo credit: The manufacturers
We didn’t pick this one simply because of the obvious and immature tie-in with the name*. Show up in your date’s driveway with a woody, such as the example shown here, Chrysler’s 1941 Town & Country, and you’re not only ensuring she’ll never forget the occasion, you demonstrate an appreciation for history, and just may come across as respectful and old-fashioned. If that goes well, call it good and don’t go the extra step by popping in some Bing Crosby.
*Actually, that’s exactly what we did.
Nothing says “I’m low-key, live for today, and brake for waves” like a ‘60’s-era VW Bus. Of course, it also says “All of our dates will be on the sand” and a special night out will amount to $2 Taco Tuesday at Fred’s Bar. Nevertheless, a day or evening in the Bus should provide for some fun and hopefully some laughs, with opportunities to chill out and watch the sun set over the water or enjoy an evening beachside campfire. That’s all provided the engine has recently undergone its annual rebuild and doesn’t call it quits just when things are going well.
Aston Martin’s DB5 has all the makings of the perfect date car – a stand-alone presence, a classy name, and a connection to the ultimate ladies man, James Bond. Everyone’s favorite special agent drove the exact model we’d want, thanks to one very cool feature – a passenger ejector seat. Admittedly, taking advantage of this little bit of gadgetry during an evening of entertaining the fairer sex would be rude beyond measure, but anyone familiar with the dating scene can probably think of at least one past instance when hitting the EJECT button would’ve been so very tempting.
Different types of dates require different types of rides. For the casual version, most any option will do, including the “adventure” of exploring public transportation. However, when there’s a lot at stake and all must go well, nothing beats your own personal taxi. That yellow paint coupled with various signage grants access to reserved taxi parking and allows you to ignore anything related to driver courtesy, thereby allowing you and your special someone to arrive at a destination with time to spare. The Ford Escape Hybrid model shown here goes one step farther by suggesting that you’re not only punctual – you’re also environmentally aware.
At the risk of sounding like complete idiots, we’re nominating the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan as one of the best date cars out there. Admittedly, the idea of using a boxy kid-hauler to enamor that special someone is an odd one, but take a minute to consider the Dodge’s bag of tricks: rear Swivel-n-Go seating that allows for a face-to-face candlelit dinner served over a center table, reclining rear seating with a DVD system for some up close and personal entertaining, and for crying out loud, there’s even soft blue mood lighting. You’ll never look at minivans the same.
Traditional dates, including dinner and visits to the newest Tom Hanks movie are fine, but sometimes a date is all about adventure, having outdoorsy fun and getting the blood pumping. The four-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler is perfect for just those types of occasions, offering an invigorating top-down drive to almost any destination, from the sands of an inviting beach to the rugged environ of a secluded hiking trail. As an added benefit, the removal of side doors, which should always be opened for the ladies, will make it hard for the gentler gender to complain about a lack of chivalry.
A list of cool date cars would be incomplete without a hot exotic convertible. Pull up in a ride like this bright yellow 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, and your date will see a bold and wealthy individual who enjoys speed. Keep in mind, however, that your date may also see either an egotistical jackass or a loser compensating for serious insecurities, in which case she may suddenly come down with a case of avian flu. At least you can have a fun ride home, where your cat will be anxiously awaiting all the evening’s details.
Like the Mazda Miata, the Volkswagen New Beetle requires its male owners to be overly secure in their manhood. These vehicles are considered by many to be the ultimate “chic” cars. Get past that and one can see a ride that’s perfect for dates – the cute appearance puts a smile on faces everywhere, the relative efficiency leaves more cash for pampering, and the darn thing has a vase built into the dash. Stop off for a small bouquet and she’ll be forced to appreciate them all night long…or, if she’s allergic, wheeze and squint through puffy eyes.
Under all other circumstances, a broken gas gauge would be an annoyance, and quite possibly a danger in certain climates – run the tank dry in extreme heat or cold and survival becomes an issue. However, a malfunctioning gas gauge can be the perfect addition to any date, though our personal experiences suggest that it loses its credibility not long after the good ol’ high school days have passed. Employed correctly, the driver will always know how much gas is actually in the tank, but the needle pointing to EMPTY will have your date believing the car really did stall at Inspiration Point.
No, it’s not a car and, yes, this is a list of the Top Ten Date Cars. Call it creative license or just breaking the rules. The fact is, a motorcycle may trump all of the four-wheeled vehicles listed on the previous pages. Simply put, no other ride places you closer to your date than a bike, from this rather conservative Honda ST1300 to a rumbling Harley or one of those insanely fast “crotch rockets.” Provided the weather is cooperating and your date is OK with flattened helmet hair, a motorcycle will add a unique level of excitement.