OWNER’S VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

MARK SHE­P­LEY

Mark She­p­ley bought his first Fa­rina in 2005; since then he’s owned three Ox­fords, a Princess 3-Litre and two West­min­sters. He still owns the lat­ter pair, an A99 and an A110, both in su­perb con­di­tion. Says Mark: ‘My dad ran Fari­nas when I was a child and I loved the styling – I still do. You don’t need a big bud­get to buy one of these cars and parts avail­abil­ity is bril­liant as long as you keep your eyes open. On that note the club is a great source of parts and it’s full of re­ally friendly en­thu­si­asts, so mem­ber­ship is a must. I do 2000-3000 miles per year in each of my cars, av­er­ag­ing about 22mpg on a run. The un­stressed en­gines make driv­ing very re­lax­ing and although I don’t tow with my cars they’re eas­ily up to it. Things are made eas­ier with over­drive; my A99 has it but the A110 doesn’t, which is an­noy­ing as it was stan­dard on the ear­lier cars.’

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