For pretty much the entire time I’ve been away from AROnline I’ve been buying and selling (at a loss pretty much consistently) old cars, fuelling my ongoing CHPD (Compulsive Heap Purchasing Disorder). Interestingly, during that year or so, other than the ex-Jason Kennedy of this parish Land Rover Discovery (above), there have been no British cars passing through my hands.
As to that, I am not entirely sure why. Perhaps after a decade of overdosing on various British Racing Green Rovers, subconsciously I was taking a break from the coal face. It’s not as if my car purchasing have been drama-free, but life would be dull if there were none to write about.
Cars to pass through my hands have included a Renault Avantime that I fell in love with, and which I took to Paris on an emotional weekend after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January. There have been three Citroen Xantias – two Activas and a V6 – all three of which are still in the family, and I even welcomed back my Saab 9000 Aero, which did star in these pages when I first owned it between 2006 and 2010.
Other vehicles included an Alfa Romeo GTV V6, a Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8i LS MkIII, Citroen XM, MG ZS180, and a BMW 528i Touring (that proved to me that infallible Bavarian quality is a myth). And amazingly, I even managed to sell my Alfa Romeo Alfasud, which had been on the road around 12 months of the decade that I owned it. Indeed…
That’s why, for me, my car fleet is currently looking a bit thin. My current car, a Citroen C6 Exclusive is proving magnificent at driving me to work in Peterborough and back every day. For me, it’s as new as they get, having just celebrated its 10th birthday. To buy it, I did have a bit of a cull, which means that the only vehicles with my name on their V5 are the C6, my Delta and the Saab 9000. A MkI Twingo should be heading my way soon – it has a blown headgasket, and needs bringing back from Henley-on-Thames. Yeah, nothing’s changed.
Why, then, am I looking for an AROnlinemobile, with such a fine roster of vehicles on the fleet? Well, I’m feeling pangs to have something British again and miss the ease of which you can get parts. Trust me, compared with French cars, getting bits for old Rovers is a complete doddle.
So – I’m looking. Not sure what I actually want at the moment. Part of me is thinking another Vauxhall Cavalier MkIII. But clearly Rovers and Jaguars are at the top of the list. The 75 is still a criminally cheap car, as is the 600, and both have a certain appeal for very different reasons. I’ve done R8s to death, and it’s the same with 800s so I am open to suggestions and looking forward to seeing links to old heaps posted by you – and, who knows, perhaps I will soon be taking the mileage strain off my lovely C6…
Lancia Delta HF Integrale is lovely, but not used enough – so it’s for sale
Citroen Xantia Activa is currently off the road with a leaking ram – it will return
Vauxhall Cavalier MkIII proved unfeasibly excellent. Could another be in order?
Citroen C6 is Keith’s current smoker, and he loves it to bits…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.