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Dear Santa: Gearheads' Wish List

With Christmas just around the corner, you can bet that visions of vehicle and part upgrades are dancing in our heads. Our editors and writers have been extra good this year, so we thought it wouldn't hurt to give Santa their wish lists. If any generous soul is feeling extra "Saint Nick," take note.

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is...

A Jeep with a few more doors.

What I want for Christmas is a 4-door Jeep Wrangler JKU with all of the trimmings. I love my 2-door JK, but when I bought it, I didn't realize that one day I would be living and working out of it for several days at a time. The extra room would really make my life easier, especially on nights when I have to sleep in the Jeep to shelter from 50+ mph winds.

4-door Jeep Wrangler JKU

I feel like you would understand the wind part, with your Christmas Eve commute and all.

Lori Carey


A little mechanic's magic.

Since garage space is full, and I need another project like a hole in my head, I’m not asking for anything more this year. What I would love most is to wake up Christmas morning and find that a final few gremlins have been worked out in my 1955 Studebaker.

1955 Studebaker

That mystery fuel delivery issue? Solved. Rubber trim that doesn’t keep the rain out? Fixed. Santa, if you can traverse the world all in one night in your sleigh, you've got to have some secret mechanical skills up your sleeve!

– Kristin Cline


A tent, up on the rooftop.

I have a mighty long list of upgrades that I want for my Jeep, such as a set of Method wheels teamed with Nitto Trail Grapplers, but considering how much I travel to events and camp out in random areas, a Smittybilt rooftop tent is on the top of my list. This way I can more comfortably save on hotel costs without worrying about all the creepy-crawlies lurking on the ground.

Smittybilt rooftop tent

I’ve been good this year, right, Santa?

Tara Hurlin


A racecar.

I would love to be an owner of an RE Amemiya built RX-7.

RE Amemiya-built RX-7

I can imagine myself having very annoyed neighbors. (But I would try my best to be courteous, because that's what people on the "Nice List" do.)

– David Ishikawa


A steering wheel, good as new.

Among the usual world peace, harmony and the end of global warming, I want what any gearhead wants: a steering wheel. The steering wheel to me is one of the crown jewels of the car being what you, the driver, are in constant contact with. I am finishing a few changes to my '47 Chevy - the '49 column is restored and ready to go, but the steering wheel is completely cracked and falling apart.

Steering Wheel 1947 Chevy

With that said, I have the wheel of my dreams, it just needs a little magic to bring it back to life. I'll tell you what I told my wife two years ago: all I want for Christmas is my steering wheel restored. I'm not asking much, Santa, just a little plastic and chrome.

Tim Sutton


A brand new truck.

My Christmas wish list is short this year. The jolly fat man doesn't even have to try and squeeze down my fireplace. He can kindly place my 2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in my driveway. I'll take a Super Cab version, so I can start my ultimate desert dominating pickup build.

2017 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

A Power Wheels version for my daughter would be nice too. She's been extra good this year.

Ali Mansour


A time machine.

I have been very good this year, and all I want for Christmas is a DeLorean DMC-12. From the gullwing doors to the stainless steel body panels, it’s both weird and iconic at the same time. It does need to be modified, but not necessarily a time machine like in BTTF. Something simple; lowered with some old school wheels like Jon Sibal’s rendering will be just fine, thank you.

Jon Sibal DeLorean DMC-12

Though, if it was tricked out with a flux capacitor, I wouldn’t mind a McLaren F1 or Pantera version either.

Justin Pagtalunan


Need more gift ideas? How about an electric toy car version of the McLaren P1 for the kiddos.

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