AFTER A WEEK spent in France – relaxing and unwinding – I can officially say that British cars look cooler over there than in their homeland. Admittedly, spotting a Rover in France these days is no longer a frequent occurrence but there are still enough around to make that judgement.
Maybe it’s the ‘plates – silver on black for the older ones just look so nice; or maybe it’s a case of them being used and abused in the way their designers intended. Maybe it’s just the laissez faire way they end up being slung on the roadside…
Anyway, whenever I spotted one of our cars there, it almost always seems to have been in a posed position, in order to flatter the photographer. The shame is, of course, that they are dying out slowly over there (and in the rest of Europe), with each passing year seemingly revealing increasingly badly dented examples.
Still, cars last longer there, so maybe in another ten years’ time, when all the Rovers on UK roads have been replaced by some awful anodyne German ‘box’, there will still be a hardcore forever motoring in France. Who’d have thought that ten years ago?
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.
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