Last July 4, I attended the Manheim sale in Washington CD (that’s County Durham). As it was Independence Day in the US, I decided to honour the occasion by wearing my Make America Great Again cap.
Disappointingly, despite it being an FCA – Fiat Chrysler Auto – sale, Manheim didn’t run with an American theme. There were no Elvis burgers on offer in the revamped canteen, more’s the pity. The crowds, too, were less numerous than those at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Blame the World Cup.
Despite the overwhelming presence of no fewer than 87 Fiat 500s, one car stood literally head and shoulders above the sea of Fiats, Alfas, Jeeps and Lancias (yes, they’re still out there). That was a metallic red 16-plate Grand Cherokee with just 15,000 miles showing. This was a top-of-the-range Summit with the VM 3.0 diesel engine coupled to a slushbox and sitting on air springs. It wanted for no kit or bling: full leather interior, power everything, rose gold dash inserts, chrome alloys. There was just one previous keeper, two keys and, refreshingly, a Jeep service stamp at 7000 miles. Condition wise, it was faultless.
For me, this was the car the Land Rover Discovery should have evolved into and I like them immensely. Nor was I the