WHEELER DEALERS TV PRESENTER
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!