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OW many cars have you got, Guthrie?” asked a col­league the other day. She’d seen an In­sta­gram post post al­lud­ing to my own­er­ship of what could be mis­con­strued as a fleet. “Three,” I replied, “and a mo­tor­cy­cle.”

Out of con­text it does sound deca­dent. But con­sider this: none of th­ese ma­chines cost more than three grand. My Saab 93 Viggen and VW Cor­rado each cost less than £2000. My part­ner’s VW Lupo GTI cost just un­der £3000 and if we sold it to­mor­row we’d get the same amount back, pos­si­bly more, hav­ing bought a clean spec­i­men and treated it well.

To keep run­ning costs within rea­son­able lim­its the three cars are never on the road at the same time. Af­ter five months of in­ac­tiv­ity the Viggen has just been re­vived for win­ter.

The main is­sue that emerged from hav­ing the radge Swede sit­ting in the drive­way since May was seized hand­brake shoes, a prob­lem reme­died with the ap­pli­ca­tion of a sledge­ham­mer to the rear discs. The Cor­rado, be­ing of an age and state to pro­hibit use when the roads are plas­tered in salt and con­stant rain­wa­ter, has been forced into hi­ber­na­tion.

Not for me the world of PCP or hire pur­chase. At such a lowly rung of the mo­tor­ing lad­der de­pre­ci­a­tion is minis­cule verg­ing on nonex­is­tent, and if you do your re­search you can have as much

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