1953 Bristol 401
If this was a same-age Bentley R-type Continental the price this 401 made would have needed an extra zero, and then doubling. But the Bristol, despite its smaller engine, was just as capable of covering long distances in comfort and, it might be argued, was more pleasant to drive, with a lightness far later GTs never managed to achieve. SWVA’s car was offered for sale by its second owner, who had bought it in 1989. It looked tidy and the interior was good. Some further setting-up might be needed after some engine work, but with several six-cylinder Bristol experts dotted about, that wouldn’t be a problem.