RE­AS­SUR­INGLY EX­PEN­SIVE

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling - RICHARD BAR­NETT,

We’ve all got as­pi­ra­tions when it comes to old cars – we’d like the funds to im­prove the mo­tor we al­ready own, or we’d like some­thing a bit bet­ter... per­haps some­thing very spe­cial.

Look­ing at Bon­hams’ Fes­ti­val of Speed sale there’s a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of cars that might be ex­pen­sive, but they’re def­i­nitely spe­cial – I’d be more than happy with one of those sit­ting on my drive, or driv­ing over the Bre­con Bea­cons on a sum­mer evening.

I don’t sub­scribe to the view that be­cause a car is ex­pen­sive, it’s only wor­thy of dis­dain. I’d love a Bent­ley R-type Con­ti­nen­tal in the same way I’d like a Lu­tyens house and some Mun­nings art­work on the walls, but that will al­ways be some­thing to aim for rather than be­ing a re­al­ity.

Sadly there have been un­pleas­ant el­e­ments of in­verted snob­bery in the old-car move­ment for sev­eral years, and it never ceases to amaze me that such opin­ions are preva­lent. To those who es­pouse those views and can see no fur­ther than their turned up noses, I can only think of two words: Grow Up.

‘In­verted snob­bery in the old-car move­ment amazes me’

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