Valentine's Day Car Crushes | Edmunds

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

We've all had a crush: someone who made your heart skip a beat and filled you with excitement. Some crushes were never quite within our reach. Sometimes, we're lucky enough to turn our crushes into true love that lasts, but that's rare.

The same goes for crushes on cars. For Valentine's Day, we asked our Edmunds colleagues to tell us about the cars they've loved. Their answers ranged from an Italian beauty in red to a grizzled 6-ton military cargo truck. Let us know your favorites and share your own car crush in the comments.

Alfa Romeo GTV

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"Sometimes your car crush is right in front of you, and you don't notice until later in life. A friend of mine picked up a severely rusted-out Alfa Romeo GTV, an Italian car from the early '70s, for $1,000. Besides the rust, it didn't run. A big issue was its mechanical fuel-injection system, which needed to be overhauled, and that was a job best reserved for wizards. Sad to say, the car never ran for my friend. He was forced to sell the car because of a move.

"Then, a few years late, I spotted a red Alfa GTV, alive and running on public roads. It was gorgeous. I now understand what my friend saw underneath that veil of rust. Problem is that this car now goes for about $43,000 — a fair bit more than my friend paid." — Jonathan Elfalan, Senior Road Test Editor

1996 Toyota 4Runner Limited

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"Some crushes are unrequited. But I was lucky enough to get the car of my dreams brand-new while I was a junior in college. We made a lot of weekend trips back and forth from Penn State to Philadelphia during my remaining two years at school.

"After I graduated, I drove her to Dallas for my first job. We spent a year together until my younger sister asked to trade cars, since the 4Runner would be better suited for the harsh Washington, D.C., winters. The car was gone, and I thought that was the last I'd see of her.

"Fast-forward 17 years: My sister called to ask for my help in buying a new car. My only requirement was I would take back the 4Runner. Sure, I could have it shipped to me, but I thought there was no better way to reacquaint ourselves than a drive across the country.

"Last year, I took a red-eye from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, jumped into the 4Runner and we drove for five days across the country. The photo above comes from that trip at a rest stop in Utah. After 17 years apart, we are finally together again." — Jim Chong, Executive Director, Sales Strategy

M35 Military Truck (aka the Deuce and a Half)

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"I've been obsessed with owning an M35 for a few years now. As a surplus military vehicle, these old Army cargo trucks can be purchased for just a few thousand dollars. There are even companies (like Boyce Equipment) that fit them with upgraded parts and giant tires, yet the price is still less than what you'll pay for a new Honda Civic.

"What possible use would I have for a 6x6 behemoth? Virtually none. Compared to a modern pickup, they're incredibly noisy, rough-riding and slow — even the updated A3 version makes just 170 horsepower, which has to push around 6 tons' worth of truck. An M35 is too big to go on normal off-road trails, and California (which is where I live) makes it really hard to drive and own one. But as a completely illogical 'crush' vehicle, this is it." — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

2000-2003 BMW M5 (E39)

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"I've long had a crush on the 2000-2003 BMW M5. It has a 400-horsepower V8, a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. It has earned a reputation for being one of the best sedans ever made, and it is still used as a benchmark for what a sport sedan should feel like. You can get a nice example for about $15,000 and a really nice one for closer to $20,000. Pristine examples go for $25,000 to $35,000, depending on mileage and condition.

"I'd love to get one, even though I sometimes worry about the costs of owning an M car. The bigger issue is my crowded garage: I currently have a 2006 Acura TSX and a 1969 Cadillac Coupe DeVille convertible that I'm restoring. I might have to wait another two or three years to get my dream car, but I will get it. It's just a matter of time. All hail the mighty M5!" — Henry Alvarez, Senior Analyst, Vehicle Valuations and Analytics

Jaguar E-type

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"I've been obsessed with a Jaguar E-type Series I in either a coupe or roadster body type. The E-type is one of the most beautiful cars in history, with its graceful lines, simple shape and glorious engine and exhaust noises. My fifth-grade teacher had a burgundy Series III coupe and I always thought it was the coolest car ever. Someday. ..." — Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

Volkswagen Beetle

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"As a teenager, I really wanted a vintage VW Beetle. To me, it was a classic symbol of life in coastal California and it had just the right cute factor for a 16-year-old who'd just got her license. My parents did not seem inclined to buy me one, however.

"But for a few moments one day, I thought my dream had come true. My dad said he'd got me a Beetle, in black. He handed me a box. Maybe there was a key in here? Alas, what was inside was a bottle of Avon men's cologne in the shape of a Beetle (really — they did that). It was my dad's idea of a joke, and while I'd like to say I laughed along, I actually sulked. For days.

"I haven't given up the idea of buying a cute little car for around-town driving. But these days, my crush is the Fiat 500e." — Carroll Lachnit, Director, Consumer Content

Jaguar F-Pace

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

Ode to the Jaguar F-Pace
"Your sleek lines and pickup had me at hello
I know without doubt you've got getup and go
Alas, darling crush, must you seem so pretentious?
This mom on the go needs a good third-row benchus."
— Tracy Fry, Account Executive

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"I've got a major car crush on adventure vans, and the most desirable version of the adventure van is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. You can outfit Sprinters with beds, showers and all manner of outdoor gear. They have optional four-wheel drive and you can even stand up in the back. Smaller and more efficient than an RV, these things are the next step in cross-country exploration."Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

1998 Volvo S70

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"Ever since high school when my friend had a Volvo V70, I've wanted one. When I moved to California, I was fortunate enough to pick up a 1998 Volvo S70 for $4,000. It was my first car and it was going to take me on all sorts of adventures around California and the western U.S. and it did just that!

"I had a blast driving the S70 up and down Interstate 5 to and from San Francisco, through the deserts of Arizona, up the mountains of Sequoia National Park and along the Pacific Coast Highway along the cliffs of Big Sur. On camping trips (and sometimes during lunch breaks), I would use the trunk as a snug sleeping space.

"It wasn't perfect. The air-conditioning didn't work and the air mass meter that was connected to the engine would break annually. But it was a fun car, a safe car, and one that I could bang up as much as I wanted without worrying about it too much.

"Unfortunately, some evil mice took it from me when they decided to crawl under the hood and gnaw at the wiring. I donated it to a public radio station for a tax write-off that I couldn't even use. But the memories remain!" — Moran Nachum, Product Manager

2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"I view cars as art, so asking what single art piece I would want to show off is always a tough decision. But after much deliberation, the 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder would be the one piece for my gallery. Six-speed manual transmission, track-ready brakes and suspension — what more could you want? The big-block flat-six from the 911 Carrera S and the exhaust note to go along with it require no critic's commentary for appreciation. Did I mention you can drive it with the top down? It is the ultimate form of a mid-engine roadster." — Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"A beautiful sedan that also happens to be incredibly fast and comfortable, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe does it all. There are other cars that offer similar levels of luxury and style, but none of them put it all together quite like this BMW." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

2013 Tesla Model S

Valentine's Day Car Crushes

"You could say the connection between me and my car crush was electric. Our former long-term Tesla Model S was one of my favorite cars ever, and many drivers here at Edmunds felt the same way about it. It was the most expensive car I'd bought for the company and an absolute blast to drive. These cars have become as common here in Los Angeles as palm trees and sunshine, but when we bought it in 2013, it was a uniquely beautiful design and ahead of its time in terms of technology. Sure, it had a fair share of quality issues, but hey, who says a crush has to be logical? And though we have our Model X now, it doesn't quite capture the same feeling of being on the cutting edge of technology as the Model S did four years ago. And while my heart lies with the Model S, my pocketbook tells me that perhaps I should give the Chevrolet Bolt a chance." — Ron Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

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