MIKE BREWER

WHEELER DEAL­ERS TV PRE­SEN­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

If I’ve got £20,000 in my hand, I’m grab­bing the cheap­est flflight I can fifind to Malta or South Africa to chase the best fast Ford I can af­ford.

Why go there? Be­cause that’s where you’ll fifind fan­tas­tic UK-speci­fific models, such as an Es­cort MkI or Capri MkII with right-hand drive and A-code ex­tra strength in the chas­sis. They have this ex­tra strength due to the high qual­ity of the roads out there, which means they are al­most al­ways very sound cars.

So I’d get the best and most orig­i­nal blue oval my money can buy and bring it back to the UK. I wouldn’t re­store it or put it in a garage to keep earn­ing me money. I’d en­joy it! Drive it, use it at play­time, as a clas­sic should be used, be­cause it’s never go­ing to lose a penny of that £20k – I’d be driv­ing around in a £20k car year in, year out. The best thing about this is that it’s not un­re­al­is­tic. It is so easy to buy a car over­seas and im­port it into the UK – it’s of­ten eas­ier than buy­ing in the UK to some ex­tent. These coun­tries are used to ex­port­ing goods of all shapes and sizes around the world and your car won’t be any dif­fer­ent. If you’d rather have some­one in the UK look­ing after you, there are some ex­cel­lent ship­ping agents around. UK clas­sic car en­thu­si­asts are miss­ing out be­cause the world re­ally is your oys­ter and you may fifind your­self a pearler!

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