Willson's favourite 1970s GT
I grew up in the Seventies watching swish GTS driven by loaded businessmen (as we called them then) barreling down the outside lane of the M1. Most were bought with company money but, like their portly director owners, spent too much time in the golf club car park. If I were buying one of these relics of Britain’s spoilt entrepreneurial classes I wouldn’t go for the Alfetta – not sexy enough. And while the V6 Capri is surprisingly quick and competent, I think prices have overheated. For me it’s a tough choice between the Citroën, Aston, Jag or Porker. SM prices are all over the place and cheap cars do come up regularly. I’ve seen good ones sell for £25k. Any V8 Aston is worth buying at £70£80k as they’re incredible value compared to the DB cars. The Porsche 911 SC is a wise and charismatic buy at £35k but the one that has highest long-term potential is a ’75-‘76 XJ-S manual. There’s one on Classic
Cars for Sale right now – April ’76, Signal Red, 70k and only £18k. With only a couple of hundred ever built and few survivors, an early manual XJ-S would be my choice.