Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Summer of Classic Love -

If it’s sum­mer, then I’d like my £5K clas­sic to be open-top, or at least eas­ily con­vert­ible. And the op­tion of head­ing deep into the coun­try­side and not nec­es­sar­ily hav­ing to stick to as­phalt would be a bonus. That rather points me in the di­rec­tion of a Land Rover. A proper one too, not some­thing like Calum’s pon­cey Freelander.

Sadly, older Land Rover prices a bit silly now. How­ever, there is sal­va­tion: a Light­weight Land Rover. Built for the Bri­tish mil­i­tary to fly into trou­blespots by he­li­copter, Lightweights are ac­tu­ally heav­ier than stan­dard mod­els, un­til you start to un­bolt bits. They also have idio­syn­cratic looks, a lit­tle more rak­ish than an or­di­nary Se­ries ma­chine, but still dis­tinc­tively of the Land Rover fam­ily. And they look best when a lit­tle bat­tered.

Of course, the pace of life will be a lit­tle slower, but all the bet­ter to en­joy the scenery – whether pass­ing or in it – and I find other drivers gen­er­ally make al­lowances for lethar­gic Landies.

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