RICHARD BAR­NETT

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Auction News -

Is it OK not to like sports cars? I’m only ask­ing be­cause, on the whole, sports cars sim­ply don’t do it for me. Un­less it’s some­thing pre-World War II or else a ‘Fro­g­eye’ Sprite, early Spit­fire or a 1950s Mor­gan, I just don’t want to know. All that so-called ‘driver in­volve­ment’ or ‘char­ac­ter’ – in other words heavy steer­ing, bone-jar­ring ride and a leaky cock­pit – holds no in­ter­est for me what­so­ever, thanks very much.

Give me a clas­sic sa­loon or es­tate car any day. As long as I have a bit of com­fort and room for a few mates, I’m happy.

Yet still there are good few peo­ple out there who have no time for es­tate cars, and I can’t un­der­stand why that’s the case. Across the At­lantic there’s none of this anti-lon­groof snob­bery. In­stead, es­tate cars are seen as an im­por­tant part of the coun­try’s cul­ture. Ap­pear­ance aside, es­tates have plenty in their favour, in­clud­ing rar­ity and practicality. So if you’re in the mar­ket for a clas­sic this year, it’s worth think­ing lon­groof rather than drop­top.

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