Larkin’s Brit Classics – cars that make you proud to be British
YOU CAN AFFORD TO LOVE
Who says you need to break the bank if you want a home-grown classic that oozes class? Prepare to be amazed…
ne of the great pleasures of browsing the hundreds of classics advertised for sale in every issue of Classic Car Weekly is marvelling at how many of them cost relatively little to buy in relation to how eyewateringly expensive they were when new.
Many of us are tempted to take the plunge, and soon find out that there’s a downside – a lot of these upmarket, expensive-when-new vehicles make big demands on your wallet when it comes to looking after them properly, especially if they’ve spent any amount of time in the hands of owners who’ve skimped on maintenance.
But if you look at these for-sale ads a bit more closely you’ll find another, almost secret, tier of cars that had many of the attributes of far more costly models but with list prices that meant their first owners didn’t pay for them with Coutts bank account cheques. These cars weren’t the preserve of city traders with big bonuses to burn – they could be bought by canny middle-class types who’d saved hard or were taking advantage of a great hire purchase deal.
We’re still talking quality here – doors close with a well-damped thunk, and you can luxuriate in your leatherand-burr-walnut surroundings .
The seven sensational saloons I’ve chosen here really are the Best of British. They’re usable, enjoyable and deeply loveable – especially when you see how little they cost to run!