‘The Rancho was way ahead of its time’

1983 Tal­bot Ma­tra Rancho Clive Nel­son, Southamp­ton

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The re­ac­tion is al­ways the same – a mix­ture of sur­prise and thumbs up. In the fam­ily for 30 years, my car has re­quired oc­ca­sional work. I sort the cor­ro­sion as and when be­cause rust gets hid­den un­der­neath all that GRP body­work. I bought my first Rancho new as it made such a good util­ity ve­hi­cle. It could carry my tools as well as a grow­ing fam­ily. The Rancho was way ahead of its time but it was ex­pen­sive, too. I could have bought a Volvo es­tate but I’m glad I didn’t.

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