Dream Cars for a Ride Through Northern Michigan
One of the most beautiful places in North America is in the Leelanau Peninsula of Northern Michigan. This area of the world includes the legendary Sleeping Bear Dunes and Sutton’s Bay. This iconic area of the world can be accessed on M-22 which begins near Manistee and ends at Traverse City. This road takes drivers back to nature, especially as the leaves change in the fall, and the simple things in life. While it is a wonderful drive in any car, make, and model, there are a few cars that would be perfect to cruise up and down this magical highway.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale: The Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint is a two-seater coupe that brings back the good old days. With 112 horsepower and the 5-speed shifter, this car would be perfect for the subtle curves and gentle slopes of M-22. Listening to the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1.6 L DOHC engine grumble through the tree-lined highway would be an absolute joy. There were only 1,400 of these produced, so driving one along M-22 would certainly be a cause for celebration.
Mazda Miata: While the classic British roadsters seem like a perfect complement to the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, the Miata amped up the entire roadster experience. There is little that a Miata cannot handle (other than snow) and the M-22 roads seem to be designed just for the Miata driver. With the top down, you could enjoy the smell of burning leaves in the fall or the smell of all of the barbeques in the summer.
Chevy Corvette: The dream Corvette for this beautiful road would not be just any Corvette, but the first generation Corvette from 1953. The hand-built car was limited to just 300 and they all came in white. With 150 horsepower and the powerglide automatic, this first generation Corvette has the perfect amount of power to enjoy the slower speeds of M-22. Like the Alfa Romeo Giulia, there is something about M-22 that screams for a car from generations past.