If you’re truly a car guy, then there’s no such thing as “enough garage space”. You’d gladly trade the comfort of a three bedroom house in suburbia for a cave in the middle of the woods, as long as it came with a hydraulic lift and enough power to run an arc welder and an air compressor simultaneously. Where you live isn’t really important, as long as you can secure your property from car thieves. If your ultimate crib happened to come with a river view, that certainly wouldn’t suck.
Neatorama shows us that we can have our cake and eat it too, but only if we can get funding together quickly. The U.K.’s Ministry of Defense is having a garage sale, and one of the items up for grabs is the H.M.S. Invincible, a 17,000 ton aircraft carrier that’s seen action in the Falklands and in Iraq before being decommissioned in 2005. The auction, held by Disposal Services Authority, ends on January 5, but you don’t have to wait until then if you’re serious about buying it. Just click on “Add to Cart”, send payment of approximately $3,103,620 and you’re all set. You’ll have to arrange delivery, since the Invincible no longer has engines, so you may want to factor towing across the Atlantic into your purchase price. Disposal Services hasn’t received any bids yet, so you may be able to snap up the ship for under $3 million.
Think about how many cars and motorcycles you could keep on an aircraft carrier. As long as you were careful (or built a really stout catch fence), you’d have your own personal gymkhana / autocross track on the flight deck, and you’d have plenty of covered garage space below decks. If you built a retractable ramp, you’d have the ultimate in security as well, which would probably qualify you for a serious insurance discount. Add a pair of 100kW diesel generators and call it done, although your significant other may want things like drywall, curtains and carpeting. You can easily sell her on the “stunning river views” though.