NICK LARKIN

ED­I­TOR-AT-LARGE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

Wow, £20,000 would be the per­fect amount to spend on an af­ford­able clas­sic car col­lec­tion. For­get­ting all that rub­bish about in­vest­ments, I’m list­ing my per­sonal choices here rather than cars I’d sug­gest to some­one else.

I’d go for a pair or trio of cars that gave a con­trast­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; clas­sics of dif­fer­ent ages and prac­ti­cal­ity lev­els. I’d have enough cash for prime ex­am­ples of sev­eral cars from my per­sonal top ten. Top of the list would be the car I am un­suc­cess­fully sav­ing up for at present, a Wolse­ley 6/80. Im­pos­ing pres­ence, unique ap­peal and end­less charm noth­ing re­ally comes close for £6-7k. Well apart from the ‘badgeengi­neered’ Mor­ris Six. The al­ter­na­tive would be an ear­lier pre- or Wolse­ley 14/60 along­side a Rover P4. Then I’d have an im­mac­u­late Austin A60 Fa­rina, a car I’ve al­ways loved, with squashy red seats.

This would prob­a­bly be £5000 or so. There would be enough for a Rover P6 to join the col­lec­tion, ei­ther an early 2000 or in­tro­duce a third en­gine type with a V8 Se­ries I 3500, maybe in Brigade Red. Let’s say £6000 for that, How­ever if a su­perb Singer Vogue or Se­ries II Mor­ris Ox­ford were to come along, I’d be tempted to re­vise the list!

Canny buy­ing might mean enough left over for a lovely early BL Metro or six-cylin­der ‘Wedge’ Princess. Au­to­mo­tive heaven and a half!

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