Will­son's favourite 1970s GT

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

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.

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