Buy­ing jour­ney

Owen Lloyd’s ex­ten­sive car his­tory in­cludes a near-flaw­less Ja­panese sports coupe and a rare, ul­tra-cool Swede

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OWEN HAD TO WHIT­TLE HIS

his­tory of over 100 cars down to just these highlights. As you’d ex­pect from such a choice, there’s real va­ri­ety and plenty of de­sir­able ma­chin­ery, too.

1. Volk­swa­gen Golf 1.5 GLS (Mk1)

‘“The Colan­der” had a leaky roof and rust holes. I was given it for get­ting good exam grades and spent the sum­mer fix­ing it up.’

2. Peu­geot 205 Ral­lye

‘Fan­tas­tic steer­ing and throt­tle re­sponse, and, amaz­ingly, it was to­tally re­li­able.’

3. Toy­ota Corolla GT (AE82)

‘ The AE82 looked sub­tle with its brown in­te­rior, but it revved to 8000rpm, pulled hard and sounded bril­liant.’

4. Volk­swa­gen Jetta GTI 16v (Mk2)

‘ The Jetta han­dled bril­liantly. How­ever, it ran much bet­ter on 97- oc­tane fuel – tough to stom­ach as a poor stu­dent.’

5. Peu­geot 306 Ral­lye

‘ The lift- off over­steer was hi­lar­i­ous. I wish I’d never sold it.’

6. Audi S4 (C4)

‘ This had lived a pam­pered life in Chelsea. The en­gine war­ble was glo­ri­ous, but numb steer­ing made it so-so to drive.’

7. Honda In­te­gra Type R (UK DC2)

‘Prob­a­bly the best car I have owned. Was al­most com­pletely with­out fault.’

8. BMW 3.0 CSI Coupe (E9)

‘ The most beau­ti­ful car I’ve owned. It was such an ef­fort­less cruiser, when it wasn’t hav­ing some­thing fixed…’

9. Saab 900 Turbo Ruby Edi­tion

‘ This lim­ited edi­tion not only had ex­tra power, it had cool writ­ten all over it.’

10. Honda In­sight (Mk1)

‘ This was sur­pris­ingly fun to drive. It had done 290k miles yet still felt fresh af­ter a new bat­tery pack was fit­ted.’

11. Citroën Xsara VTS

‘I bought this to try to re­cap­ture the magic of the 306. It blew up on the M4, but was great fun up to that point.’

12. BMW M5 (3.6 E34)

‘It han­dled so well, and amaz­ing throt­tle re­sponse and sur­pris­ing torque meant you could re­ally steer it on the throt­tle.’

13. Lo­tus Elise (S1)

‘I’m never let­ting go of this car. The steer­ing, how re­spon­sive the car is, how it han­dles and rides… I love it all – even af­ter its many faults over the years.’

14. Honda S2000 (AP2)

‘I’ve spent a lot sort­ing the han­dling and mak­ing my S2000 drive right, but its en­gine has made it all worth­while.’

15. Volvo V70 R (Mk2)

‘It re­ally hauled, in all senses of the word. And it looked sin­is­ter.’

16. BMW M3 (E46)

‘Used as a track car, it had an im­mense feel-good fac­tor, but the steer­ing wasn’t as good as that of some other M- cars.’

17. Jaguar XJR (4.0 X306)

‘I’d al­ways been rude about Jaguars so thought it time to try one. It was truly ef­fort­less, yet fun and en­gag­ing when you wanted it to be.’

18. Audi RS6 Avant (C5)

‘ Layer Cake. That is all.’

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