STEVE BERRY

CCW’S MO­TOR­MOUTH

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

I’ll need a go-any­where, do-any­thing sort of ve­hi­cle with a bit of class.

For that there’s sim­ply noth­ing bet­ter than the not-long-for-this­world Land Rover De­fender, which would be the fi­first thing I’d spend on my £20k bud­get. I’d take a 20-yearold tur­bod­iesel 110 Sta­tion Wagon. It’s an in­de­struc­tible icon of great Bri­tish en­gi­neer­ing for four grand.

Then I’ll need some­thing for Sunday best. Don’t hate me but I’ve al­ready had my eye on a Se­ries III XJ6. Flaw­less paint­work the same shade of deep dark brown as one of Lew Grade’s Monte Cris­tos, acres of dark tan leather the colour of Lionel Blair in 1986 and skinny white­wall tyres wrapped around per­fect pep­per­pot al­loys. Lovely. Yours for four bags of sand – mi­nus hag­gling.

I’ll re­quire a sports car, and by that I mean a road­go­ing car with the po­ten­tial for sprint­ing, hill climb­ing and, who knows, a spir­ited gal­lop around Oul­ton Park.

There’s a twoseater Ri­ley Vin­cent Spe­cial in the clas­si­fi­fieds right now for al­most ex­actly the amount I’d have left hav­ing ac­quired the Land Rover and the Jag. Fit­ted with a pre-cross­flflow four-banger Ford mo­tor mated to a pair of naughty-40s. It looks sounds and pre­sum­ably goes like a proper sports car should. There you are – 20 grand well spent. I’d also have made my Ri­ley-own­ing grand­fa­ther proud be­cause I’ve not wasted one penny on ‘for­eign rub­bish’!

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