evo reader Charles Mose­ley’ s starspan­gled buy­ing his­tory

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HAIL­ING FROM AMER­ICA, CHARLES started out with cars that couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent from the small hatch­backs that most Euro­peans be­gin with. In­stead he drove cars so huge that their ‘hoods’ were mea­sured in acres. This was mostly thanks to his mother, who would only help him buy a car if it was ‘ big enough to keep him safe’. This meant he owned some true Amer­i­cana, in­clud­ing a Mer­cury Eight.

As soon as he could, though, Charles got him­self into some smaller per­for­mance cars, start­ing with a Chrysler Laser Turbo (has a car ever sounded so ’80s?) and a Ford Tau­rus SHO (for ‘Su­per High Out­put’). Charles would have kept the SHO, with its revvy, Yamaha-built V6 and man­ual gear­box, had his wife not crashed it into a wall.

But Charles hasn’t re­stricted him­self to US do­mes­tic cars and has owned ma­chin­ery more fa­mil­iar to evo. He has a pen­chant for per­for­mance Subarus, some­thing we sym­pa­thise with, and now owns two. He’s also coun­ter­bal­anced the SUVS in his col­lec­tion with two- seater, rear-wheel- drive coupes in the form of a ‘ bread­van’ BMW M Coupe and a 2015 As­ton Martin V8 Van­tage.

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