Classic car as a daily runner?

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Covid has dealt me quite an interesting hand.

For the past few years me and the missus have been racking up over 20,000 miles a year each. We lease two new cars at around 350 - 400 quid a month a piece and change them every 3 years.

We’re both now predominantly working from home and this isn’t going to change post Covid. Apart from the school run (when it’s open) and the odd trip to the supermarket, we aren’t really driving at all.

I still have to do a 140 mile round trip to work maybe once a fortnight but it’s certainly not every day like it used to be.

So it’s got me thinking....

I hate modern cars. They’re just dull as shit. I always get something reasonably flash and German, but there is just no excitement in it. When I was younger, getting a new car was about the most exciting thing in the world, now it’s like choosing a new washing machine.

There is no joy in it at all. I’ve got a 1 year old, top spec Golf GTD on the drive with all the toys, but I’d rather drive my 51 year old Landy.

I still need to keep one of our leases (next one is likely to be electric) for the school run and carting the family away on holiday and what not, but I can definitely ditch the other one.

The missus is thinking “great we can save some cash and get a cheap little run around as the second car.”

But I have bigger plans. Frankly I don’t want to be the guy who drives a 10 year old Ford Fiesta.

What about a fairly useable classic car as a daily runner? Something fun and cool that might even appreciate a little in value?

As mentioned above, I’ve already got a series 2a Landy, but that’s way too agricultural for longer trips and the missus absolutely refuses to drive it.

I’ve also got a 27 year old Ferrari which I love, but it’s not really practical as a daily runner. It’s thirsty and very expensive when it goes wrong. It’s for special occasions only.

There’s also the wife’s grandfather’s 1958 MGA that I’m currently the custodian of but isn’t really my car to go racking up big mileage on.

Plus a variety of wrecked 1960s and 70s Fiats that are awaiting restoration.

So what’s out there that is reasonably practical as a daily runner? I’m thinking modern enough to be comfy and semi reliable but old enough to still be cool. Needs to have 4 seats for all the family

I like the idea of a 1980s Beemer or Merc. E30 convertible or W124 coupe. Maybe even an old skool 528?

Old jag? XJ6 or something?

Mk1 or 2 Golf GTi or Scirocco?

Porsche 944?

Saab 900?

Classic Mini?

I love Italian stuff and would love another Lancia, Fiat or Alfa but I realise this is a stupid idea. They just aren’t reliable enough and will just turn to rust if used as a daily, although a Beta coupe would be very cool.

Stupid ******* idea and just get a 15 year old Volvo estate?

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Sierra Cosworth, one that hasn't been messed about with.
 

Ravers

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Sierra Cosworth, one that hasn't been messed about with.

Have you seen the price of them? They’re going for (a lot) more than my Ferrari.

One sold recently for 6 figures.

The whole idea is that it’ll be reasonably cheap. No more than 10-15 grand. Even less ideally.
 

Ravers

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Old classics and reliable in the same sentence is unusual. Need constant fettling

I’m no stranger to that but it is possible to get something that’s alright.
 
Have you seen the price of them? They’re going for (a lot) more than my Ferrari.

One sold recently for 6 figures.

The whole idea is that it’ll be reasonably cheap. No more than 10-15 grand. Even less ideally.

You can get an un-fcuked Sapphire Cosworth in reasonable nick from £12K. I know someone who picked up one in November for a shade under 14 large.
 

theoriginalphantom

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I had a Morris 1300 for a couple of years as a daily car. It did sort of catch fire, which you'll appreciate is a bit of a negative point for me, especially as I was in it at the time.
Until then it cost me a fair bit of welding, one tyre, an electric washer pump (the original was a manual pump that was rubbish and fell apart) and a set of spark plugs.
Being a simple car I managed to do all the other work (except the fire extinguishing, I left that to the specialists) myself. I'd have another one if I had no need to do long distances in any hurry.
I'd definitely have an original mini again. Without a doubt the best car I have ever had.
 

Sticky847

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Very good shout if a little older than what I had in mind.

But certainly worthy of consideration.

Added to the list of potentials. Cheers,
Well the nordics still rally them to death so they should be reliable on the daily school run.
 

Ravers

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I had a Morris 1300 for a couple of years as a daily car. It did sort of catch fire, which you'll appreciate is a bit of a negative point for me, especially as I was in it at the time.
Until then it cost me a fair bit of welding, one tyre, an electric washer pump (the original was a manual pump that was rubbish and fell apart) and a set of spark plugs.
Being a simple car I managed to do all the other work (except the fire extinguishing, I left that to the specialists) myself. I'd have another one if I had no need to do long distances in any hurry.
I'd definitely have an original mini again. Without a doubt the best car I have ever had.
Yep it can be done.

In my youth I had a Lancia Montecarlo which was my daily runner and only car. It needed a bit of fettling from time to time, the carb didn’t like modern fuel and needed the jets cleaning all the time.

Also some of the electrics didn’t work but it was no big deal.

I also had a 1967 Fiat 500 as a daily runner which was massively fun.
 

9.414

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W221 Merc S Class will suit you just fine. Will cost you less in annual maintenance than your lease. Lots of comfort. Carries 4 with grace and ease.
 

theoriginalphantom

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I could happily have a ford consul again.

Maybe this time have it properly legal and not just drive it around Germany and back to UK a couple of times completely unregistered.
Mine was one of the last consuls, the ones that looked like it gave birth to the capri.
 

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W221 Merc S Class will suit you just fine. Will cost you less in annual maintenance than your lease. Lots of comfort. Carries 4 with grace and ease.
A bit too modern for me. I’m also very wary of newer Mercs that aren’t in warranty having recently had a 2014 E class shit itself very expensively.
 

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W221 Merc S Class will suit you just fine. Will cost you less in annual maintenance than your lease. Lots of comfort. Carries 4 with grace and ease.

I had 3 of them, utter shit thrown together. Air suspension defeated the dealer. My AMG Line S350CDi tramlined so badly on the factory-fit 20 inch rims I thought the steering was knackered. The day I picked it up, the driver's seatbelt buckle fell apart in my hand. Car was an approved-used 1 year old. They all went through Ad Blue at a frightening rate.
 

964ST

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Merc w123 200D Kombi, absolutely bomb proof, really quality (not the modern merc shit!), I worked on oldtimer mercs from the 60,s Pontons and pagoda, 190sl, for over 5 years they are amazing that no matter how shit they look the doors shut like a modern Volkswagen Golf:)
For the last two years I have worked on Porsche, also a very good car till the 996.
 

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