DRIVEN VAUX­HALL T-TYPE

Vaux­hall throws open the doors to its her­itage col­lec­tion on 12 June. David Simis­ter drives one of its stars – a car cre­ated for golfers

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

The orig­i­nal car for golfers driven in Monaco. Lah-de-dah.

Cars crafted to give golfers a sense of su­pe­ri­or­ity are noth­ing new – even the Jaguar XK8’s bul­bous rump was de­signed with two sets of clubs in mind. But get be­hind the wheel of the 20/60 and you lit­er­ally look down on other mo­torists.

The cen­trally hinged bon­net seems to stretch out for an eter­nity, even­tu­ally com­ing to a chromed cliff edge when it meets the bluff-fronted ra­di­a­tor with its stubby filler cap. But you’re perched high enough to scan the road ahead, and per­fectly placed to ex­ploit this car’s long-legged charms.

The feel­ing of be­ing perched up high is em­pha­sised by the plump ar­ray of green leather you and your pas­sen­ger share. While it’s eas­ily wide enough for even the more am­ple of 1930s’ golfers and comfy enough to en­joy on longer trips, you def­i­nitely get the sense that you sit on rather than in them. They en­cour­age you to ac­tively drive the T-type be­cause there’s lit­tle chance to slouch.

Flick a switch on the dash­board to your right and press your foot against a starter but­ton mounted on the bulk­head and the lazy 2.9-litre six erupts with an ex­citable clat­ter, and more than hap­pily gets a ton and a half of Lu­ton’s finest away from a stand­still once you slot the clunky four-speed manual into first.

You steer with a gen­er­ously pro­por­tioned four­spoke wheel that dips into your lap, en­cour­ag­ing you to sit up as you work its del­i­cate rim through your palms. It’s more direct than you might ex­pect, lack­ing the vague­ness and wan­der­ing sen­sa­tion of plenty of its con­tem­po­raries. You do have to work in lots of minute cor­rec­tions as you guide the T-type along, par­tic­u­larly on tighter stretches of roads, but you never get the sense of bat­tling against it to keep it in a straight line. You can’t quite re­lax, but it’s not far off.

That’s why the T-type’s nat­u­ral home is away from the tight, twisty coun­try lanes and on the

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