Larkin’s Brit Clas­sics – cars that make you proud to be Bri­tish

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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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!

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