My Lottery Garage: Triumph Spitfire with S2000 engine/drivetrain Not necessarily this one (and if I had this one I’d paint it British Racing Green), but just knowing that it can be done means I’ll definitely be having it done after I’m rolling in money. The Spitfire has an independent suspension, which means it handles really well around curves, and with a modern engine that revs to 9,000 RPM, I’m betting I could have some serious fun with it on twisty back roads. And with a Honda engine and drive train (and some rewiring of the electrics), I could probably even drive it in the rain!
Yes, purists will howl, because apparently the “true” British roadster experience involves water leaking in, oil leaking out, electrical controls that short-circuit and get crosswired so the turn signal makes the wipers go on, etc., but I’m quite happy to settle for just the driving part of the experience, and leave the stranded-by-the-roadside part and weekends-with-my-head-under-the-bonnet part to the true enthusiasts. Call me a dilettante.