Top Gear Team Advice

Top Gear Team

  ……On How to Buy a British Sports Car

British Car

1 Does the ad say “In factory condition”? Do you realise that this means “shoddy, wonky and with half an egg sandwich left in one of the door panels”?

2 Do you have a mental image of parping down a country lane on a summer’s day? Does it contain finding yourself standing in the country lane next to a stationary car spewing out steam and a mysterious green fluid? If no, then run away.

3 Inspect the car. Does it have any rust? If not, ask yourself, “How have they concealed the rust?”

4 Does the hood look like a tramp’s hat? Good, that’s normal.

5 Ask to start the engine. How long does the owner spend describing the delicate procedure you must go through to get the motor to turn? If it is less than 10 minutes, that’s good. If it is more, that’s still normal.

6 Blue smoke on start-up can tell you a lot about the engine. As it fires, can you still see the rest of the car through the smoke cloud? If yes, that’s a good sign. If no, that’s normal.

7 Take a test drive. How many attempts does it take you to get the car into first gear? Fewer than five is good, but if you are thinking of entering the car in concours events this will be considered inauthentic.

8 On the open road be on the lookout for loud knocking noises, screeching, dangerously vague steering and a sudden bang followed by total loss of drive. These are normal.

9 Have you considered a Mazda MX5?

New Mx5 2013

Click on the photo to visit the Mazda MX5 home page.


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