The call of the Stag adds to ap­peal of home with room for clas­sic cars

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale Holm­lea, Sut­ton-on-the-for­est, near York. Price: £575,000. Contact: Sav­ills, tel: 01904 617820/

CLAS­SIC car en­thu­si­asts have been known to drool at the sight of a Tri­umph Stag V8. You can al­most smell the Brut on the ma­cho 70s mo­tor with the se­duc­tive growl.

For those able to act quickly, the chance to own one is be­ing of­fered by Charles Hill.

He has promised his £10,000 Stag, com­plete with wal­nut dash and chrome in­stru­ments, to the buyer of his five-bed­room home, as long as they can com­plete quickly.

“I’m not in any rush to move but I thought the of­fer might at­tract at­ten­tion. It’s a nov­elty,” says Mr Hill, who runs a clas­sic car hire busi­ness from his prop­erty.

He and his wife Jannice bought the house in 2004 af­ter spot­ting its po­ten­tial. Built in 1927 and ex­tended over the years, it was in need of ren­o­va­tion.

“It was a life­style change for us. We ex­tended it fur­ther cre­at­ing an an­nexe and built the garages for the cars. I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in them and we could see there was a mar­ket for hir­ing them out to fel­low en­thu­si­asts.

“We tie in with lo­cal B&Bs so peo­ple can make a hol­i­day out if it,” he says.

Holm­lea has an en­trance hall, sit­ting room, kitchen, din­ing con­ser­va­tory, an open plan sec­ond kitchen/liv­ing room, mas­ter bed­room with en suite shower, four fur­ther bed­rooms, bath­room and util­ity room.

Set in 1.1 acres, there is a large gar­den and a tim­ber garage block for five cars.

While the Mor­gan is the most pop­u­lar of the hire cars, the fourseater con­vert­ible Tri­umph Stag built in 1973 is a dream to drive in com­par­i­son.

It has been re­stored and any me­chan­i­cal is­sues it had when new have been re­solved.

“It is an iconic car made by British Ley­land. There were a few prob­lems with it at first and it didn’t have the best rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity but that has been sorted out now.

“Un­like many clas­sic cars, this one drives like a mod­ern one. It is very easy to han­dle be­cause it has a re­fined sus­pen­sion sys­tem and the brakes are good,” says Mr Hill.

“When I hire most cars I have to give the driv­ers an in­duc­tion first and 1950s brakes can come as a bit of a shock, but this one isn’t like that. It’s also a gor­geous car, a real head turner. The sound of the engine is quite dis­tinc­tive be­cause of the V8 engine. It’s a deep bur­bling that peo­ple love.”

Al­though it was de­signed to ap­peal to men with mous­taches and medal­lions, it is also pop­u­lar with women.

“They like the style and com­fort, though when it was made it was def­i­nitely aimed at men with a fam­ily. The four seats made it pos­si­ble for them to jus­tify buy­ing a sports car.”

Mr and Mrs Hill are sell­ing so they can re­tire and down­size.

Their busi­ness, www. re­flec­tion­scarhire.com, is also for sale should a buyer want to take it on. The good­will and ti­tle is £25,000 and with the cars, £70,000.

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