Future Collector Car Tournament revs up. Results from the round of thirty-two are in!

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The results of the first-round are in!

The editors differed on a few of the first-round matchups, which made for a lively editorial conference call earlier this morning. Surprisingly, the readers and the editors agreed on all but four – or 75 percent – of the cars in the initial bracket. Here’s where it gets interesting …

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Matchup #1: Ford Mustang Fox Body vs. Nissan 200SX

Tom Stahler: I liked the drop-top version of the 200SX. I never liked the Fox Body Mustangs. My vote is for the Nissan.

Larry Edsall: I like the Nissan 200SX, but the popular Mustang wins this round.

Bob Golfen: This long-lived series has gained new levels of popularity. Fox Body for sure.

Readers’ Pick
Ford Mustang Fox Body (61.54%) vs. Nissan 200SX (38.46%)

Winner
Ford Mustang Fox Body

1979 Ford Mustang (CC-1329547) for sale in Hilton, New York

Matchup #2: McLaren 720S vs. Ferrari 599

Tom Stahler: Don’t you just love front engine Ferraris? I do!

Larry Edsall: Basically, I’m voting against the fact there are two McLarens among the 32 “teams.” Who set up this bracket, the NCAA?

Bob Golfen: Awesome front-engine Ferrari beats also awesome but trendy McLaren.

Readers’ Pick
McLaren 720S (57.69%) vs. Ferrari 599 (42.31%)

Winner
Ferrari 599

2008 Ferrari 599 GTB (CC-1330949) for sale in needham, Massachusetts

Matchup #3: Porsche 964 vs. A90 Supra

Tom Stahler: I’m a Porsche guy. There is no substitute.

Larry Edsall: I’m voting for the 964, though the 993, the last of the air-cooled, is the Porsche 911 you want.

Bob Golfen: Toyota’s skillful reboot of classic nameplate.

Readers’ Pick
Porsche 964 (64.71%) vs. A90 Supra (35.29%)

Winner
Porsche 964

1991 Porsche 911 (CC-1331064) for sale in Chatsworth, California

Matchup #4: Ford Taurus SHO vs. Subaru GC8

Tom Stahler: Always loved the SHO-boats, particularly with a manual.

Larry Edsall: A vote for Detroit, and for Yamaha.

Bob Golfen: A blowout for the mighty WRX against the largely forgotten SHO.

Readers’ Pick
Ford Taurus SHO (52.94%) vs. Subaru GC8 (47.06%)

Winner
Ford Taurus SHO

Matchup #5: Dodge Demon vs. VW Golf R

Tom Stahler: A factory dragster for the modern age. 700+ horsepower, what could go wrong?

Larry Edsall: I think a nimble car beats ridiculous horsepower every time when it comes to fun behind the wheel. It’s the Golf this round.

Bob Golfen: A close one, but the Demon rules with sheer horsepower.

Readers’ Pick
Dodge Demon (58.82%) vs. VW Golf R (41.18%)

Winner
Dodge Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger (CC-1335295) for sale in Chatsworth, California

Matchup #6: Lamborghini Murcielago Gated Manual vs. R35 GTR

Tom Stahler: I love the GT-R, however, paddle shifting and all-wheel drive pales in comparison to Italian design and a gated shifter, ‘nuff said!

Larry Edsall: Too many Skylines among the 32 finalists but, well, they sure are fun to drive.

Bob Golfen: Another close one, but the rise of Japanese performance nudges out the great Lamborghini.

Readers’ Pick
Lamborghini Murcielago Gated Manual (61.54%) vs. R35 GTR (38.46%)

Winner
R35 GT-R

Matchup #7: Ferrari 458 vs. Lexus ISF

Tom Stahler: The Lexus is overpriced and heavy. The nimble Ferrari will beat it every time.

Larry Edsall: Seriously? Ferrari vs. Lexus. No contest.

Bob Golfen: Fat V8 power up front vs fat V8 power amidships, with balance winning out, along with style.

Readers’ Pick
Ferrari 458 (82.69%) vs. Lexus ISF (17.31%)

Winner
Ferrari 458

2015 Ferrari 458 (CC-1292754) for sale in Raleigh, North Carolina

Matchup #8: Lamborghini Aventador vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

Tom Stahler: We witnessed the Gen-1 release many years ago. Is there a purer sports car in the modern age? I think not.

Larry Edsall: Pound for pound and dollar for dollar, the Miata is perhaps the best sports car ever produced.

Bob Golfen: A lopsided contest, akin to the Knicks vs St. Mary’s High School. Aventador wins.

Readers’ Pick
Lamborghini Aventador (75.00%) vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata (25.00%)

Winner
Mazda MX-5 Miata

1990 Mazda Miata (CC-1331502) for sale in Cedar Park, Texas

Matchup #9: Dodge Hellcat vs. Mazda RX-7

Tom Stahler: Gotta love rotaries! No matter the generation of the car (the last was my favorite) they are just beautifully designed, and sound so unique.

Larry Edsall: See my choice of the Golf R above. RX-7 wins this round.

Bob Golfen: While the RX-7 has been on the rise lately, the Hellcat powers its way to the top.

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Readers’ Pick
Dodge Hellcat 68.63% vs. Mazda RX-7 (31.37%)

Winner
Mazda RX-7

1984 Mazda RX-7 (CC-1252492) for sale in Hamilton, Ohio

Matchup #10: 997 Porsche GT2RS vs. Lamborghini Huracan

Tom Stahler: Porsche. Rennsport. Drools.

Larry Edsall: I pick the Porsche, but it’s the 993 you really want.

Bob Golfen: This one starts out strong and will stay that way.

Readers’ Pick
997 Porsche GT2RS (65.38%) vs. Lamborghini Huracan (34.62%)

Winner
997 Porsche GT2 RS

2008 Porsche GT2 (CC-1323010) for sale in SLC, Utah

Matchup #11: 991.2 Porsche GT3RS vs. Toyota MR2

Tom Stahler: Porsche. Yep.

Larry Edsall: A nod to Toyota, but basically, I’ve already voted for two Porsches so it’s someone else’s turn. MR-2.

Bob Golfen: Another lopsided contest. Porsche.

Readers’ Pick
991.2 GT3RS (88.46%) vs. Toyota MR2 (11.54%)

Winner
991.2 Porsche GT3 RS

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (CC-1328111) for sale in Essen, Germany

Matchup #12: McLaren 620R vs. BMW M2

Tom Stahler: Remembering the great Bruce McLaren. Not the world’s biggest fan of the Bavarian marque. Though I have a few favorites, a tuned 2-series is not even on the radar.

Larry Edsall: At least one McLaren has to advance out of the opening round.

Bob Golfen: The ‘race car for the road’ will always be exceptional.

Readers’ Pick
McLaren 620R (82.35%) vs. BMW M2 (17.65%)

Winner
McLaren 620R

Matchup #13: Corvette ZR1 vs. BMW 2002

Tom Stahler: This was the hardest choice. The 1990 ZR-1 was one of the monsters that rescued car culture from the ’70s and ’80s abyss of crappy underpowered cars. The Mercury Marine-developed powerplant was amazing. The C5 body? Meh. I love the look of the 2002. I vote ZR-1.

Larry Edsall: If you’ve ever driven a 2002 you know why I voted as I have.

Bob Golfen: ZR-1. No contest.

Readers’ Pick
Corvette ZR1 (78.43%) vs. BMW 2002 (21.57%)

Winner
Corvette ZR-1

1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 (CC-1334864) for sale in Conroe, Texas

Matchup #14: Porsche Carrera GT vs. Dodge Viper

Tom Stahler: The Carrera GT is a blue-chip car and was an instant classic, but the Viper was the other car (besides the ZR-1) that brought horsepower and design back to a hungry (starving) car culture.

Larry Edsall: Tough decision. I’ve driven both the Porsche and the Viper on racetracks. What impressed me about the Carrera GT was that it was a supercar that still felt like a Porsche, not like some freak from an experimental laboratory.

Bob Golfen: The Viper is cool but Carrera GT is great.

Readers’ Pick
Porsche Carrera GT (60.78%) vs. Dodge Viper (39.22%)

Winner
Porsche Carrera GT

Matchup #15: Cadillac CTS-V vs. MKIV Supra

Tom Stahler: I love the CTS-V – particularly with the 6-speed. I would easily take one of these over an M5 any day. This car proved America can build hot luxury!

Larry Edsall: Another vote by default, but the CTS-V you really want was the early station wagon with the manual transmission!

Bob Golfen: The Toyota Supra Mk IV is riding the Fast and/or Furious wave into the future.

Readers’ Pick
Cadillac CTS-V (54.90%) vs. MKIV Supra (45.10%)

Winner
Cadillac CTS-V

2011 Cadillac CTS (CC-1250873) for sale in Alsip, Illinois

Matchup #16: R34 Skyline vs. Mitsubishi Eclipse (2nd Gen)

Tom Stahler: What can I say? It’s a pure Japanese muscle car that can handle. Would love me a right-hand-drive JDM!

Larry Edsall: The Eclipse is a road-legal rally car.

Bob Golfen: A classic and always-desired JDM performance icon.

Readers’ Pick
R34 Skyline (86.00%) vs. Mitsubishi Eclipse (2nd Gen) (14.00%)

Winner
R34 Skyline

1994 Nissan Skyline (CC-1321598) for sale in Scotts Valley, California

Here are your second-round matchups …

Ford Mustang Fox Body vs. Ferrari 599

Porsche 964 vs. Ford Taurus SHO

Dodge Demon vs. R35 GT-R

Ferrari 458 vs. Mazda MX-5 Miata

Mazda RX-7 vs. Porsche GT2 RS

Porsche GT3 RS vs. McLaren 620R

Corvette ZR-1 vs. Porsche Carrera GT

Cadillac CTS-V vs. Nissan R34 Skyline

Check back on Friday, March 20th, for the results of the second-round!

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Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Ooh- I love this, even if I question some of the decisions with the cars; example? Had a good friend in Indianapolis IN when we were in our 20’s, me active duty military, he a gilded college kid living in his parent’s home in a gated community fit for “Dynasty” (T- shaped inground heated year-round pool!).
    His daily was a first gen RX7, laughably tailhappy in anything but desert dry conditions. A great car, ball to drive.
    I had a bigblock Chevy truck. Tail happy in a lot less fun way.
    Why start the RX7 against the Hellcat? Apples to hand grenades. The Corvette, I think, might have been a more revealing contest.
    My favorite, not the Mazda, btw, survived the first round- let’s go!

    • Hi Ryan: Because this is the first bracket tournament we have produced, we just took our list of 32 and had a bracket program randomly pair them up. Like Bob Golfen said in his comments about the Lambo-Miata match-up: “A lopsided contest, akin to the Knicks vs St. Mary’s High School.” But Alas! The MX-5 advanced. We are judging all the cars with unbridled passion — particularly for driving them. Glad you like the concept.

  2. Tough bracket for the SHO. I like the 964 but I truly believe that the Taurus is destined to be a collectible…

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