Buckley’s mar­ket mat­ters

Classic Sports Car - - The Marketplace -

I bought a cheap P38 Range Rover the other week – and I mean re­ally cheap. So cheap, in fact, that I didn’t have the heart to bid the man on it. It had plenty of miles on it, mind, plus faded paint and an omi­nous tap from its 4.6 V8, which I fondly be­lieved was a hy­draulic tap­pet, but is al­most cer­tainly a lit­tle end. Still, it drove beau­ti­fully and had the most anally com­piled his­tory file that I’ve ever seen; thou­sands have been spent on it, some quite re­cently.

My wife com­man­deered it at once. Mean­while, I ad­ver­tised it at a healthy mark-up with no ex­pec­ta­tion that it would sell. Not be­ing able to fig­ure out how to work the heater, I sent a brief note to the for­mer owner ask­ing how to switch it off or at least turn it down (the man­ual didn’t make it ob­vi­ous). I wish I hadn’t both­ered. He pointed out that he had spot­ted my ad­vert and that he could see now ‘what sort of per­son’ I was. The way he was talk­ing you’d think I’d swin­dled him! I merely paid his ask­ing price, saved him the bother of deal­ing with the great un­washed and promised I wouldn’t break the Rangie for spares. Any­thing else is just busi­ness, and none of it his. Still, it re­ally is quite a se­duc­tive thing to drive and the pass­ing of the years have, I think, given its shape a lot of charm. For the money I’d get for it there seems lit­tle point in sell­ing it, re­ally.

In other news, I am prob­a­bly about to buy my first Scim­i­tar GTE, although a con­ver­sa­tion with a Mercedes-benz spe­cial­ist of my ac­quain­tance who worked for a Scim­i­tar spe­cial­ist when he was a lad re­minded me why I have left it un­til now. “They were a bodger’s car,” he said, “and own­ers would make their own mod­i­fi­ca­tions, such as the bloke who brought one in with toi­let-roll hold­ers for in­ter­nal doorhan­dles; we sent it back to him fully ser­viced, plus bog rolls fit­ted both sides…” Wish me luck!

De­spite him­self, Buckley is fall­ing for his new, su­per-cheap Range Rover P38. Top: Scim­i­tar GTE own­er­ship may yet be on the hori­zon

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