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I have always been a Mondeo person very respectable and very boring........
Until one day I was walking around a garage in Sheffield and I clapped eyes on this absolutly georgous creature......
Silver,hatchback,dream machine.....A Ford Cougar...
I was smitten, instantly smitten so not like me, the interior was black leather, dash board resembling a cockpit of a jumbo jet.I so had to buy this car, never mind about the insurance I really did not care....
A Sunday afternoon about 3.30pm and I had convinced myself to trade the old Mondeo in against this beauty, luckily I had a credit card on me to settle the difference, I bought it for two thousand eight hundered after a bit of haggling, for a 1998 model I think I did quite well there.
I managed to get hold of my insurance company before four oclock and changed my details over it was a wee bit more than I normally pay a year four hundered and six pounds but at this stage did I really care.
I drove the beautiful car home three hundred miles and it was a complete dream, I had to watch myself on the motorway because it was flying along and I came very close to breaking the law.......(cough cough I didnt break the speed limit honest!!!!!)
I have had my Cougar for a year now and love it I have never driven a car like it,it is reliable,very comfortable, mind you the bucket seats in the back are not as comfortable as the front,but who cares!It drinks petrol,especially around town but the thrill of walking up to it in the supermarket car park is just great,I click my key fob and it bleeps at me and flashes its lights as if to say hello....
Oh I must sound a right saddo! but I love this car and hope to keep it for a few more years unless I can find a younger model at a good price.
If you are considering going a bit sporty then I highly recommend that you seek one of these beauties out you will not regret it.
Since I first saw my neighbours 1986, Polar white, 2.0i Opel Manta GTE I knew I would one day grace its seats and give it a loving home. 12 years after I first washed it for a few pounds the chance to buy this car was offered and, with out even having to think about it I raided my account and handed over £200 for this immaculate, garaged nightly, six-month-serviced 80's German sports coupe. The first drive was all I had hopped it would be, the deep Reccaros huging me round corners, the handling and balance were spot on and considering this is only an 8v engine I was still smilling like a loony with the performance. A few months have passed now, and the car still has me grinning everytime I take her out. Of course I have had a few failing part problems but the availability of good second hand parts and a wealth of knowledge from other Manta owners have ensured I have a car to be proud of. It still gets looks from people and why not, how often do you see these cars on the road now..I know I havn't..which is sometimes disapointing. This car suits me down to the ground and if you ever get the chance to buy one, I think you'd be suitably impressed too.
the nissan micra is a very spacious for a car of this size, but get the five door as the three door is hard to get into,its very good to drive, and feels like a mini, as its nippy and has go-kart feel to the steering, very ecomonical as mine does 52 mpg for a 1.0 litre engine, and very well put together, as you would expect for a car built in england. the car has low depreciation, and its easy to sell it on. i just hope the next micra looks a little bit better that this version, as it looks too strange. i bought mine near to the factory, and its worth the travel to do the same, as you see loads of micras in the local papers near sunderland, and because you see loads, the prices are low. the CVT automatic can be costly to repair, so make sure in doesnt slip. it has some body roll and it can be noisy at speed but its really a town car. look out for a 1995 onwards model as it has an airbag, and from an L reg you get power steering. servicing is every 9000 miles which is good for a small car, the engines are the best bit about these cars, but try and get the 1.3 litre as it is easier on the open road, all the engines are chain driven, unlike other engines that are belt driven, so the timing chain only needs doing every 50000 - 100000 miles, but look out for a noisy chain.
Well, here I am again. On a mission to see how Americans do it, compared to us British Folk. And so far my findings have shown we have nothing to worry about. The Chevrolet Camero V8 and Ford Mustang are probably the most respected cars in the states, for performance, and comfort, not counting the old muscle cars of course. Well, the Camero is, basically, a Vauxhall Calibra with a large engine, but no better performance to show for it, and the Mustang is a Ford!, nuff said. But I have stumbled across a car, I never expected to be in the running for a 'fun car' in my list. Can you guess what it is? Maybe a Mitsubishi Eclipse? Nope, that was very disappointing. How about a Corvette? Don't know, not got my hands on one, yet! I?ll give you a clue. It's a 2 seater. Any ideas yet? I bet you have visions of prestige sports cars running through your head. Well, this car has a 4.3 V6 engine, 4 speed automatic gearbox with over drive, pumps out nearly 200hp and will see 0-60 in about 7 seconds. What is it? It's a Chevrolet S10. Pickup! Yep, that's right, flat bed pickup truck. We may have the upper hand when it comes to cars, but when it comes to hauling stuff, we have a lot to learn. Being in the South of America, means, every other person has a pickup truck in his or her drive. Ranging from Nissan things, right up to Ford F-250s and the Chevy S10. You see pickup trucks here with duel rear axles or 'duelies' as the local slang goes. Hauling around horseboxes. But these are not the little boxes that carry 1 or 2 horses. These jobbies will carry 4 or 5 horses. They don't use tow balls on these trucks, they use the same type of towing hitch articulated trucks use. Running around with huge gas guzzling V8 lumps, and you see young women driving these. Not the stereotypical farmer you expect to see in a pickup. But the one that has caught my eye the most, is the Chevy S10 (by the way, Che
vy is Chevrolet, in case you were wondering). So what is this pickup then? Well, the S-10 is probably the favoured pickup truck to own. Built by Chevrolet it has the backing of a GM manufactured reputation. Lets start with the good bit, the engine: The S-10 comes with 2 engines. The 2.4litre 4 cylinder SFI Vortec, and the 4.3 V6. The one I got my grubby little mitts on is the 4.3 V6 with a 4-speed gearbox and overdrive. Both models come with the automatic gearbox, but the 2.4 gets an extra gear. Horsepower figures are 120hp for the 2.4 and 180hp for the 4.3. That?s coupled with 140lb.-ft of torque for the 2.4 and a very meaty 245lb.-ft for the 4.3. When I first got the keys to this truck I was ready for a nice gentle drive into town. On turning the ignition, the V6 jumped to life, rocking the truck to the side. I knew then, this was not going to be gentle. The one bad thing about these trucks, is the rear-wheel drive they come with. With no weight in the back end when the bed is empty, it's very hard to keep the wheels from painting the road, even with automatic transmission. This is the first, rear wheel drive, automatic car, I have been able to pull a completely stationary burn out in. Since these trucks are not available in the UK, I wont bother doing my usual complete analysis of the car, because most people will not be able to get a hold of one, unless you import it. So this opinion is more for general reading, than for buying advice. But I will do the basic normal layout for me. So, performance. You probably worked out by now, it performs well, for a truck. It will out accelerate many cars on the roads over here. I don't know the exact acceleration times, as I cant locate them anywhere, and the cops round here wouldn't give you a chance to test it fully, but it is in the region of 7-8 seconds. Top end is not huge. But you have to remember this is a w
orkhorse. It's engine is low revving and isn't designed to fly along at 130mph + but I have seen 90 in it, and it wasn't straining then. However, and it is a big however. Although this truck is fast and powerful, it is not intended to be fast. And this is obvious when you try and drive them hard. The rear wheel drive system on cars is good for rear engined cars or cars with 'positrack' drive systems, but in a truck like this, it is a downside when driving normally. Due to the lack of any body really in the rear, there is very little weight pushing down on the back wheels. This makes for a lot of wheel spin and poor handling. In the wet, forget it, no matter how hard you try, you will spin those wheels. But it is designed to haul, and haul it does. I do a lot of work with engines and boats and moving an engine from one place to another is hard for me, as I only have a car, and an engine is a heavy object. However, I have been hauling engines around here. For a Triumph Spitfire (1974), but with this truck, I could just throw the engine in the back, along with anything else I wanted and off I go. Once you have the weight in the back, it handles much better. The large torque from the engine helps maintain the speed. Give this thing a hill, and it climbs like a home sick angel. A good example of it's power is the other day. Currently working on an Audi 5000. I had to get it out the Garage but someone had left the door open and the batery was dead. Since the house is on a hill the driveway is steep so pushing this lump was out the question. Battery terminals on the truck are to small for jump leads, so towing it with the truck was the only option. I didn't think this would work, as it was raining hard, and this truck in the wet, on a hill with the weight of an Audi holding it back, was really going to struggle for grip. But to my suprise, I hooked up this Audi, dropped the truck into gear and as soon as I took my
foot of the brake, it started tearing up the hill. No throttle was needed, it pulled this Audi, on tick over, up this drive way. Exterior? Well it's a pick-up, and its square. The front is square, the sides are square, the back is square. Aerodynamics was not top of the agenda when this was designed. Interior? Not much different to the exterior. It's a workhorse, you won't find fancy gadgets. Air conditioning is about all you get. Column shift gear selector takes some getting used to. (Yes I did slip it into neutral instead of turning on the windscreen wipers) but then it is for an American market, and they are used to column shifts. It has a bench seat, which will fit 3 with a squeeze, but really 2 is comfortable. Security? It's a truck, why steal it? No, there is no security apart from locking doors. Safety? The newer ones come with ABS and I believe airbags, but it's a heavy built car and would take a lot to smash it enough to cause you harm. Overall? Overall the S10 makes the wimpy pickups we have look like Minis. Fast, very versatile, and built to last. As the Chevy slogan says 'Like A Rock'. I would love to import one of these trucks to England. Unfortunately it wouldn't last 5 minutes before the gypsies stole it. And believe it or not, people actually modify these trucks. It's strange to see a pickup, lowered, running 19's and blowing away Cameros. But there are a lot of modification parts for these trucks and are very popular with younger people. I know this opinion is pretty useless, but like I said, it is mainly for general reading. Let you know I actually found a car I like that isn't actually meant to go fast. But shush, don't tell anyone ;o)
Nobody reading this should expect a detailed account of an impressive car, this is my personal opinion of impressive motor cars. If you want a detailed account, read someone else's!! I do know the details, but would not like to become an anorak, and Smark1985 wouldn't let me into Cornwall.. I first met these impressive cars about 40 years ago, the owner of the holiday home had one and I remember being knocked off my feet even then. These cars were coachbuilt and huge, you'd need a taxi to go round one. They were built by Thrupp and Maberly and can easily be mistaken for a Rolls Royce, such is the size and quality. Humber at that time also used to build military vehicles of course, and as such did not get the recognition for their craftsman-built motor cars that they deserved, and unfortunately the survival rate of the huge fifties and sixties saloons is one of the lowest of any classic. The engine is massive, and powerful for the period, but as such would be more suited for use as a funeral hearse today, which is probably what most of the really good surviving examples are doing, and as such the acres of shining chrome and leather would do excellent service. What brought me to remember this impressive vehicle though is that about 5 years ago I heard of somebody in Hull that kept 13 in a potato warehouse, apparently good as old cars need much the same conditions as potatoes : dark, dry and with plenty of air to circulate. He also had literally a mountain of spares, along with 17 other donor vehicles !! Hiring the vehcles was the way of affording their upkeep, and there was a two year waiting list then. Here is a brief potted history of a few, to describe part of the aura of these dinosaurs of the road :- 1951 Humber Pullman - The only one in the world with an electric glass division. 1951 Humber Super Snipe Mk 111 - Only 10 were known to exist, and he had four of them !! And a 1952 example whic
h was used in the Buddy Holly film "Oh Boy" 1952 Humber Pullman - Nine seater limousine. 2 further 1952 Super Snipes (I'd forgotten about before ), 1used by the Mayor of Jersey and another supplied new to HRH The Queen Mother as her personal transport at Castle May , Scotland between 1952/56. 1954 Humber Pullman builtr for Baroness Rothschild and used as her personal transport in London. If anybody would like any further details I have them, but before boring you with such lists of details I will finish this short potted recollection by saying that in the collection was one used by Stirling Moss to set a distance record of 15 countries in 90 hours (if this is exactly true is very slightly uncertain , but he certainly drove this car ). However, to own one now would need a lot of time and resources, so I will end this memory of mine by saying that it takes approximately 4 hours to clean one, and a respray would last about 13 years. I've never owned one, more is the pity but then perhaps a classic car is a dream ??
At this spring-like time of year (as I write the rain is battering against my kitchen windows) the thoughts of the majority of people turn towards driving in the countryside and taking in the breathtaking scenery that this great country of ours has to offer. I would like to propose a motoring solution that many people pass up because it is associated with old biddies or the hippy set - daily use of a classic car! Moe was his name - he was a 1970 Morris Minor Traveller estate car with an 1100cc engine and a heck of a lot of character. Cute, cuddly, reliable (yes, I am still talking about the car), with dark blue bodywork and a polished wooden rear frame. There are many things that a modern car can give you, but you won't get complete strangers walking up to your Ford Mondeo and proclaiming 'you know, I used to own one of these'. They are a talking point and have several other plus points in their favour: 1- value- Moe was worth £4000, that's over 4 times what he was worth when brand new. If you look after a classic it will appreciate in value. It's built-in obsolescence has gone and you can agree its value in insurance. That means that should you have your classic runner written off, the insurers will guarantee to pay what it is worth, and you should be able to buy back the scrap! Mind you, the wood on a morris Traveller is not decorative, it is structural and costs around £1800 to replace- if it rots you are pretty well guaranteed an MOT failure! Any car manufactured pre-1974 is free from car tax, you just go to the post office with logbook, MOT and insurance and don't pay a bean! 2- parts- 'You can't get spares for a Morris Minor' I hear you cry- wrong again. There are many specialist suppliers of spares for the moggie, and the prices are not exorbitant- a replacement engine is around £400. That won't buy a clutch for a Mondeo. 3- Economy - Moe was converted to run on Unleaded. His top spee
d was 76mph and he went on the M25 on numerous occasions. On average he gave me 40mpg 4- Bonhommie- The owners clubs are wonderful, the people are very friendly and are always willing to offer advice or the odd spare. You can also show off the motor at one of the many rallies. 5- Reliability - Moe started on the button every time - and as a teacher it was a wonderful talking point for the children. Get a classic- you know it makes sense. Moe and I are no longer together, so if you see FFK 940 H on the road, let me know!
This Hacker Maroc was the car I had been looking for. Four seats, convertible (hard and soft top), nippy, well appointed, rare and individual (most important) and… …affordable. The cost: about £3,000 more than a Ford Fiesta. The drawback: it’s a kit car. Do I dare to take the leap and buy my first kit car? Eventually, I decide the answer has to be Yes. Actually, it is Y-E-S! Nowhere else can I get a distinctive four-seater convertible that is practical and will cost me around £9,000. That was five years ago. How has it been? First, to explain about the car. Technically, it is classed a “kit car conversion.” Basically it is a Fiesta with the roof cut off, reinforcements added, minor modifications to the doors and windscreen, and almost all the body panels replaced with custom glass-reinforced polymer (GRP) panels. It is that last bit, replacing panels, that makes it look like a Hacker rather than a cut-down Fiesta. All the bodywork goes except for – and this is the clever bit – the doors and the rear quarter panels. This means the doors shut right (a rarity on kit cars), and there is no messing about with electric windows, central locking or petrol fillers. Another feature of this kit is that the end result is mechanically unmodified from the Ford. You can lower the suspension to make it look better, but you don’t have to. I didn’t. I have a distinctive, rare car that is 100% Ford in all its oily bits – which means it is easy to get MOT’d, serviced, repaired and so on. And all the electrics are a standard Ford loom too. Of course the interior is Ford too, so it does not have that home-made kit look; but mine has a black vinyl-covered panel stuck atop the dash to make it look less Fiesta-like. You could choose alternative seats to make it look different if you choose to. You can base it on any Mk3 Fiesta – a turbo, a 1.1s, a Ghia, whatever.
Mine happens to be an RS1800, which is great. The idea is to find a donor Fiesta. Ideally, you find one with bodywork and roof damage. I found instead a stolen-and-recovered car which had been comprehensively stripped by some miscreants; I bought it cheap then spent a lot of time tracking down and buying all the bits I needed – seats, interior trim, engine management unit, oh the list went on and on… but my tip from all this is that don’t trust kit car manufacturers when they tell you “oh, it’s easy to find a suitable lightly-damaged donor car” – it isn’t. The decent cars all get snapped up by the trade before a mere customer can get in. If you go down this route, find a donor before buying the kit (and I suppose this applies to all kit cars). Once the conversion is done, you can register the car with DVLA as a Hacker. My V5 registration document from DVLA actually says Hacker Maroc, no mention of Ford at all. And all the Ford nameplates visible inside and out are covered (except for the engine). And how has it been? Well, I have enjoyed the car hugely. A real head-turner, fast, fun to drive, cheap to keep, and individual (have I said that before?). With its nice RS1800 seats and its practical heated front (and rear!) windscreen, I have found it very usable – except, of course, that the roofs leak. That’s both the soft top and the hard top. I can see why – it is not easy to engineer a join between roof, windscreen “A” pillar and window glass that does not leak and still allows the door to open, unless you have a budget as big as Ford’s. The leaks are not catastrophic, in fact they are not always present – I think it depends how hard it is raining. Still… And of course the soft top takes a few minutes to erect or put down – no push-button stuff, no easy up-and-over like with a production convertible. But its worth it. After-
sales service was excellent. I hardly had to contact Hacker at all. When I did, it was after a few years because I wanted some cosmetic retouches to a bit of paintwork. I brought the car in, left it for a week; and when I picked it up, not only was the work free of charge, but also a couple of other minor bodywork "dings" had been sorted too! Outstanding. My biggest disappointment: saleability. I have no experience of selling kit cars, but have felt really let down. I tried quite hard to sell it – advertising in a variety of magazines and going to specialist shows – with no success. Maybe I should have dropped the price even lower, but instead I have decided to keep it for now. Moral: expect to sell a car like this for very little. Hackers were designed and produced by Tim Dutton (oho, yes, he of Dutton kit car fame). There have been three versions, S1, S2 and S3; they vary only in minor bodywork details. Very few were sold in the UK, and even fewer fully assembled – I would guess at less than 20. The rights to this kit have now gone to Novus Group, who market it as the “Minos” (having changed the bodywork a bit more, improving especially the headlaights). And if you like the concept of re-bodying production cars rather than truly building a kit, look up Paul Banham – he does a range of similar concepts based on donors ranging from a Jaguar XJS to a Skoda! Picture at http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~marc/hacker-S2.jpg.
I have just recently purchased a bCar - and am really really impressed! Sleek, stylish, perfect for anyone who lives in the city and enviromentally friendly too... This was my first car, and I loved the fact that it was totally customisable - you can choose everything from the body colour to the type of wheels to what you have on the dashboard - you can even choose the car's name. They are totally wired, and you have to purchase these cars over the internet or through kioks in their showrooms - it sounds daunting, but actually it was really easy and the website was really helpful in guiding me through the decision making process. If you haven't already heard of these fantastic little cars you soon will, as I a sure they will be the next big thing - even Madonna is rumoured to have one. On top of all this, they are also excellent value - starting from only £4,000. I would certainly advise you to get one of these if you live in the city, as they are so easy to park.
I've never been one for changing cars every year or two as the novelty wore off, and the fact that my much-loved Opel Manta stood up to 12 years of less than loving care is testament to the tremendous build quality of these vehicles. Their manufacture has, now, of course, gone to that great production line in the sky - victim of the ever-increasing fixation manufacturers seem to have with 'modernisation'. But the fact that these were selling just as well, in this country at least, when production ceased some 8+ years ago, perhaps shows that those manufacturers perhaps aren't in tune with what their customers want? Anyway, my Manta GT was, and still is, the only car I ever bought brand new from the showroom. 'A waste of money' people assured me, gloating over the instant depreciation my new purchase, which had cost more to buy than my house, had instantly suffered. The new purchase was rapidly named Sebastian (for no especially good reason) and so began a long and intense relationship over almost 200,000 miles, with far fewer arguments and fallings-out than any other partnership I have ever encountered. Mantas were slated in some quarters for being no more than glorified Cavaliers and while there was an element of truth in that, and many of the components were indeed the same, the two, as far as I quickly became concerned, were incomparable. Sebastian fitted my requirements of sporty performance and practicality to a proverbial T. While he certainly wasn't as quick off the mark as the TR7 I'd owned previously, at least the Manta did start first time, every single day, come rain, shine or being left in a field for three weeks. Acceleration was good though, and suffered very little for seeing the mileage guage go right round the clock - in fact very little suffered at all. A couple of overheating incidents (so typical Vauxhall!); a perished hose or two; a couple of head gaskets and th
e usual 'wear and tear' parts - and that was in. In 12 years. Bargain! It's not as though the car was treated reverentially in that time either; three people learned to drive in it (and we know what that can do to a gear box); a fire-engine-chasing journalist borrowed it for several months while I had a company car, and it suffered the attentions of an outing with car thieves. Sebastian took all these challenges in his stride - and many more. Thick snow - no problem! Flooded roads? this car wasn't going to be flustered in the slightest. Drive across deeply rutted fields to a campsite? This car with its sports profiling thought it was a 4WD! Unlike so many cars, with pretentions to a sports pedigree, and despite being rear wheel drive, the Manta was remarkably easy to drive. One of those vehicles you can just get in and go, no need for a hesitant 'getting to know you' period in this relationship. And, again, despite the somewhat sport looks, and the limited room for passengers on the back seat, the back seat did fold down to make a remakably versatile vehicle for transporting furniture; animals and even for sleeping in when torrential rain flooded our tents! So there must have been a downside? Not really. Fuel consumption wasn't brilliant, especially at the 120mph the car was moe than capable of. The 1800cc engine could have been nippier, but this was a heavy solid car that one felt safe in and which was no dilletante on greasy roads. Parts weren't cheap, and some were overpriced (especially exhausts, for some reason); but the fact that many Cavalier parts fitted meant that there were substantial savings to be had. Body work after 12 years was still OK, if not perfect after 12 years (although the sills had had some welding); but the stereo that came with it was totally naff and was the first replacement. I don't mind admitting that I shed more than a single te
ar when it was time for Sebastian to go. Not that there was much wrong - in fact, I was so confident about his future prospects I sold him to a friend. So if you're after a second hand car that's both fun and reliable, look out for a Manta. You can pick them up very cheaply and, as long as they haven't belonged to a boy racer (in which case the gear box is likely to give out), you could be in for one of the biggest bargains around.
Surely someone out there has got to have an interest in one of the most beatiful cars ever made ( i know they have i've seen the websites and there definitly worth a visit ) you got it the A C Cobra. There is no car as appealing to look at or dream of driving. I have dreamed of owning one of these beauties since the tender age of 7 years old after having my photo took with a racing green one at Beaulie motor museum with my dad, whos expression says it all! Surely its got to have a mention somewhere it was the ultimate racing machine of the time. Comfort, luggage space and mpg are not the concern here its all about performance and if you ask me its definitly had an influence on a certain British car manufacterer- TVR. A definite must if you have the cash and you're feeling flash!
Wow check out the DB7. Just had one imported from Holland. Look if your over 18 and you want a car this is the one for you. The only dull bit is you have got to have a license. But I’ve got one COOL huh!! The DB’s Special features are: Air conditioning Twin air bags 3.5l engine Leather Seats Power Steering Reclining seats Automatic windows 0 to 150 in 60 seconds! Now that is only a few special features of the DB7 if you vote for me (Very Useful) I will send an e-mail through all about the car and its PRICE! So vote now and you could be driving away in a few weeks.
What a pity that Triumph motor company fade into oblivion.My favouriye car was definitely the Triumph Herald circa 1968. It was a convertible, and although the hood took ages to take down and put up again, it was well worth it.It made you feel important to have a convertible car, and to swan on into a coastal resort with the hood down on a lovely hot, sunny day. Mine was a light green colour and three years old. The turning circle was phenomenal, it turned on a sixpence. Parking it was dead easy. It was not particularly powerful, but that wasn' the point of this car. It was the image really. I met a man in a car park the other day, who had the same model as mine, and it brought back memories. I'm now thinking of getting one in good condition, even though the brakes and steering are not up to modern standards, I'll just use it in the summer. I liked the way he boonet was released on the outside and went forward which was pretty cool.
I bought my 128-3p from a scrap yard for £75. I ran it for 1 year and 30,000 miles. I loved the car and went all over the country. It was utterly reliable. I spent so much time in it I bought a £200 Bluapunkt sterio to go in it. It is not often that a car has sterio worth more than it!! It was very very easy to service and the 128 1300CC engine with 75bhp was lively and bullet-proof. All consumables were bought cheap from GGB in bradford (i.e. £5 for a set of brake pads)I especially loved the tartan seats. The car eventually rusted away, partly because I used it so hard and was eventually scrapped for the second and last time. Being an old sentementalist I kept the Dashboard which has 99,800 miles on it. Great souvenier. And yes the big question, would I have another in a second, especially with a 2L strada 130 engine in it (I saw one once).
I passed my driving test a few months after my 17th birthday. Like most people I wanted a car as soon as possible. I didn’t have that much money to spend. I spotted an advert in the local paper adverting a Fiat 126 for £250. I didn’t really know what type of car it was, but I was intrigued, so I went and had a look. It was this really tiny little car, it only had a 650cc engine, and I took it on a test drive and loved it, so I bought it. I owned it for over a year, and I even named it, I called it Herbie, it was very unreliable, but there was something more sinister about it. Do you believe a car can be haunted? You probably won’t believe what I’m going to tell you, but this a totally true story. Some nights when, I looked out of the window, there would appear to be someone sitting in the back of the car, I saw this on quite a few occasions. The thing I always found strange was, as I’ve said, this car was really unreliable, it was forever breaking down. But Herbie never once broke down, when I was by myself in it, I used to work at a caravan site cleaning. I had to start at 5.00am, and it was a 7 mile journey along, quite country lanes, I don’t believe I ever saw a phone box, but Herbie never ever broke down. But say I was out with my dad, maybe just going shopping, something would break on it. But the strangest thing that ever happened was, after a year I decided to scrape Herbie. I phoned the local scrap yard, and asked whether he wanted it, he said he’d take it, so he comes round to get it the next day. I went out and started Herbie, it started perfectly. I switched the engine off, then he got in and started the car, and I’m not joking Herbie’s engine completely blew up. He then put it on the tow truck, he strapped Herbie down, then started to drive off, have a guess what happened, Herbie actually fell off the truck, an
d he then tied it back down securely. The street was a cul de sac, so he turned at the bottom of the street, and as he passed my house have a guess what happened? Herbie actually fell off again, don’t you think this is really weird. You can make up your own mind now, whether you believe me. But there was definitely something strange about this car, I don’t think it was evil, because it always looked after me. Maybe it was my guardian angel in disguise.