You’ve got to hand it to Direct Line. As insurance claims go, this one has been very painless indeed. Regular readers might recall a careless young lady ran into the AROnline Rover 75 and drove off without stopping. Slightly annoyed, I reported this and told my insurers. The next day, they took the car away, and in its place arrived a shiny new Vauxhall… then I waited, and waited, expected to hear that the 75 had been written off.
So imagine my surprise in hearing a ‘phone message yesterday saying my car was ready, and can it be dropped off. A call was made, my excess paid, and today, I came home to see the 75 outside my house again, mirror, wing and door fixed. Remarkable. While it was away I was already in that state of mind that I needed to find a new car, but this news changed everything. And thanks to the repair, combined with a brief run in Mike Humble’s 75 (below) on Sunday, I’d been convinced that fully sorted, my 75 will be just the relaxing chariot I need in my life right now. So it stays.
Okay, it’s still going to need a full service and headgasket change, but sitting in it again, settling in to those big comfortable seats, and enjoying the ambiance convinced me I’m happy to continue with what I think will be an excellent project.
It just shows, too, that old Rovers are far too good to be written off without good reason.
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.