Classic car as a daily runner?

wheel

LE
Dont write this one off Ford Puma racing, rare upcoming classic. Goes like a stabbed rat fantastic handling, . Will do the school run and great fun on your fortnightly run across the country.
1613233583085.png

1613233643785.png

 
There is a very good YouTube channel called High Peak Autos that reviews of just the sort of cars that this thread is about. Sorely tempted by a Jaguar XJ 4.0 Sovereign.


XJ40's are still a right bargain and are probably about 5 years from prices starting to head north
Buy a 4.0 or 3.6. 2.9's and 3.2's are a disappointement

King of the hill is the 6.0 litre XJ81, still to be had at very sensible money and a phenomenal car

1613235409425.png
 
Last edited:

wheel

LE
XJ40's are still a right bargain and are probably about 5 years from prices starting to head north
Buy a 4.0 or 3.6. 2.9's and 3.2's are a disappointement

King of the hill is the 6.0 litre XJ81, still to be had at very sensible money and a phenomenal car
I do not like the square headlights , the later twin round ones were much more aesthetically pleasing.
 

Truxx

LE
Dont write this one off Ford Puma racing, rare upcoming classic. Goes like a stabbed rat fantastic handling, . Will do the school run and great fun on your fortnightly run across the country.
View attachment 549198
View attachment 549200
Very good call.

Even the small zetek engined ones were a hoot
 
Other affordable possibilities ( because of lockdown old car price rises are matching those of dogs , it seems )
TR7 ( especially if you can shoe horn a V8 into it
Rover SD1
Jaguar XJS ( already seriously on the way up )
Subaru Impreza / WRX They get crashed or engine blown at an alarming rate so there are fewer and fewer about and they are starting to appreciate at a noticeable rate .Porsche performance for under £4000
 
The lateTony Rathbone who owned a couple of crag Rat Emporia in Keswick , had a full fat Impreza on plain wheels, sans rear spoiler and with the exhaust stubs hidden.A real Q ship of a car.
 

Truxx

LE
The lateTony Rathbone who owned a couple of crag Rat Emporia in Keswick , had a full fat Impreza on plain wheels, sans rear spoiler and with the exhaust stubs hidden.A real Q ship of a car.
My kid brother was in tha carriage trade for years.

The one car he always struggled to sell? Scoobys in green.

Any other colour he could flog them all day long. Green ones? Zero chance. I once asked him for his best and worse drives.

Worst? Porsche Boxter.

Best Volvo V40 T4

Apparently.

But then he likes Pontiacs so what does he know?
 
Last edited:
@Ravers

Found it!
Close the thread.
Brand new Mk1 or 2 Escort.
All the mod cons, none of the headaches.

*whispers/mumbles* Starts from 65k.


That’s not a classic Escort, it’s been Kev’d up to fück. It’s horrible.
 
Haven't read the full thread, but before he retired Dad had his MGB Roadster rebuilt. When I was a baby my carrycot & then as I grew car seat had been bolted in the back & it was the family car* but the arrival of my sister meant this was no longer practical. The MG then lived in a barn & when it went for refurbishment had to be lifted onto the truck IIRC as it wouldn't roll.

Dad put it on a limited mileage classic car policy, but ran out of miles within about three months he was having so much fun. He then put it on a standard policy with business use, & used to rock up to his civil engineering sites in the thing. If it was winter he wore a warm coat, gloves & hat & the roof only went on when it was properly Baltic/monsoon like.

Rambling way of saying it worked for him, & it helped there's a specialist garage up the road. In later years once he retired he did extra work, & the car was invited too so if you see a red MGB in Midsomer Murders that's his & he, my mother or I are likely to be close...

*Similar for an Uncle, but it was an E-Type he had to get rid of...
 
.............and, I'll lay a wager with you that there are some people who think you are joking.

The best I ever experienced was stuck in a very slow moving traffic jam, due to traffic lighted roadworks, up a hill going into Bath. 6 MK's, variously box bodied, or trailered. The full screw at the rear, in the Land Rover left the WRAC Sgt driving that, climbed up the trailer in front of him, and proceeded to walk on top of the entire convoy - whilst at a crawl - to the lead vehicle to see what was happening. I was about 3 back from the front and first copped an eyeful of him when he was moving along the side of the 27.5KVA genny I was towing. As soon as we realised what was happening the co-drivers were up out of the cupolas shouting back and forth waving at the passing civvy's.

Driving up the M6 past the roadworks and flicking the 27.5KVA to knock over every 10th, or 20th cone as designated by the co-driver was a competitive sport for beers.
I'm the mug that has to retrieve those cones! ;)
 
I'm the mug that has to retrieve those cones! ;)

I would apologise, but your job did not exist when we were doing it we saw it happen. Back then the M6 was cones, cones, cones, oh, and then some more cones, and the M25 was only partially completed.
 

Latest Threads

Top