Flowers? Check. Chocolate? Got it. Looking good? Smelling fine? You bet! Car keys? Right here. Wait, what?! You weren’t going to pick up your date in THAT were you? Oh dear.
So, what is the right car to take on the perfect Valentine’s Date? Well, here’s our Top Ten choice rides of romance for the right kind of rendezvous.
Flashing a Porsche key fob guarantees instant credibility, not only does it indicate you have class and style, but that you’re also focussed, methodical and well organised. A Porsche owner is typically fussy and fastidious about their car, they’ve always aspired to owning one, and have worked tirelessly and determinedly to acquire one. All of these are solid attributes sought out in a prospective partner. Turning up in a Porsche will always send out the right signals. Make it Convertible 911 or Boxster for added romantic flair.
Jaguar Sports Car
A Jaguar owner might be quite the opposite to a Porsche owner however. ‘It’s good to be bad’ was a famous advertising campaign run by the British marque not too long ago featuring a select line-up of big screen villainous-types. Nonetheless arriving in any two-door Jaguar is sure to evoke a reaction. Choose an F-Type, XK or even an XJS, but the ultimate has to be the Jaguar E-Type from the 1960s. It’s seductive, almost salacious and certainly suggestive overly long bonnet will leave no doubt as to your dishonourable intentions.
Ferrari – 1960s or 70s classic
The ravishing lady in red of the supercar world, Ferraris are sublimely exotic and will never fail to make an impression. Unfortunately for the latest generation of Ferrari’s, they invite more attention from teenagers wielding cameras and big YouTube followings, rather than amorous advances from your would-be valentines. For true class and panache, go for a classic 1960s or 70s Ferrari. A 250 California would be a dream drive, but costs the prices of a small Island, which would be perfect for a romantic getaway, but not great for parking outside a swanky restaurant. Try a 365 GTB Daytona or a 308 as featured in the original Magnum PI.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Spoiler Alert: if you watched the latest James Bond movie, ‘No Time To Die’, you’ll know that after 007’s quintessential DB5 is shot up, he switches to his ‘other Aston’, a 1970s V8 Vantage. Muscular, powerful, potent and charismatic, the closing sequence of the film featuring this car, driven by Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) on an epic road in the beautiful location of Matera in Italy, to the tune of Louis Armstrong’s ‘All the Time in the World’, makes this British brute a top contender for most romantic car of the year.
Now that we’re into movie cars, the Mustang has been the hero car in more movies and TV shows than just about any other car. To set the tone for the evening, turn up in either a mid to late-1960s model – ideally a convertible or Fastback (as seen in ‘Bullitt’ and ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’) or opt for the latest generation car. Not only does it make the right noises to elicit the desired primeval physiological response, and endows its driver with instant superhero status, but most importantly of all, it has mood lighting. And what’s more romantic than that?
Discontinued a couple of years ago after a 12-year production run, the gorgeous Maserati GranTurismo is frankly one of the sexiest looking modern cars there is. But the noise it makes is even more of a mating call than the Mustang’s. A 2008 study revealed that of several exotic engine sounds tested, it was the mechanical symphony of a Maserati V8 that evoked a discernible biological effect on people, particularly females, resulting in higher testosterone levels indicative of a stirred libido! Just make sure you have the sports exhaust mode switched on.
This makes no sound at all, but it’s just adorable, isn’t it? The latest Fiat 500 is all-electric, so indicates a level or wokeness that will be appreciated by a prospective mindful mate. Frankly though, how can you not fall in love with such a cheeky little happy car? And then there’s the rather cosy confines of the cockpit that’ll not doubt bring occupants closer together. But should the moment take you, you may well need to find a room, as space is limited.
Getting a room would never be an issue in a classic Volkswagen Campervan. Having long since shed its hippy affiliations, thought retaining the noble credos of peace and love, there’s an element of likeable nerdiness combined with aspirations to a contradictory carefree attitude, being free to roam while seeking adventure but stepping lightly. Life will never be dull with a partner that drives one of these. Plus there’s a bed in the back.
Talking of beds in the back, there’s always pick-up trucks and their open beds – just remember to remove your tools and bed cover. A pickup suggests a can-do spirit, someone who’s as intrepid as the Campervan owner, but also hard-working, because a pick-up truck is inherently a workhorse. To make the strongest impression, turn up in a Ford Range Raptor.
Lying back together and gazing up at the stars would surely be a perfect end to a romantic evening. Except that it’s the middle of February, and the cold is not Cupid. It won’t be long before you’ll be craving a 13.5 Tog duvet and a cup of hot cocoa more than anything else. Your partner will think you a fool, and not necessarily the romantic kind. The solution is simple, if you can stretch too it. A Rolls-Royce Phantom with a Starlight headliner, that not only simulates a starry sky through perfectly position LEDs, but even simulates shooting stars for those sudden gasp-out loud, giggle and make a wish moments. Plus, of course, we’re talking a Rolls-Royce here. The world’s best car, supremely opulent, utterly silence and with a sublime ride. It even has a Spirit of Ecstasy as a bonnet mascot. Just remember to give Parker the night off.