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.