1967 Auburn ‘Boat tail’ Speedster John Scholey, Driffield, East Yorkshire
Celebrating the classic metal that makes you tick.
I bought her from Derek Mathewson auctions. They had it for a couple of years before me and had a lot of interest, but no-one came up with the money. It’s a commitment when you buy a classic like this, so I’m not surprised.
I went to buy another car on the day but ended up getting this one instead. I’ve lost a lot of money buying and selling classics, but I trust my friends and Derek said: ‘You won’t lose on this one,’ so I bought it. Seven years later, I’ve still got it.
It doesn’t come out very often, but when it does it's a joy. I’ve just driven it from Bicester into the Palace of Westminster in 31-degree heat and I only had to stop once to cool down – not bad for a 5-litre Ford V8 in traffic.
It’s been really reliable – all I've ever done is put a new voltage regulator and battery on it. Original Auburns were made, I think, from 1936 to 1947, but this one was built using the original designs in 1967.
John's Speedster was built in 1967 using original Auburn designs.