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The Classic Collection consists of a selection of cars from the 70s,80s and 90s including popular models from British Leyland, Ford, Vauxhall and Hillman and quirky cars like the amazing Reliant Robin.

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You can drive one car from the Classic Collection for £49 with additional cars costing £40 each. Simply browse the cars below and decide how many you want to drive. If you want to drive 2 or 3 cars from different collections please purchase the bundle : “Any Two Cars” or “Any Three Cars”. You can confirm exactly which cars you would like to drive when you redeem your voucher.

 

Morris Minor Convertible

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1957
  • Age: 64 years
  • Place of first registration: Southampton
  • Facts: This car was comprehensively and expensively restored near 30 years ago, it has hardly covered any miles since.
  • We Love: The lovely matching hood and interior. Our founder remembers this as the first car his father owned and very long journeys to Cornwall on summer holidays.
  • Not so good: These cars are not quick.

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Mini 850 MK1

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1966
  • Age: 55 years
  • Place of first registration: Erdington, Birmingham
  • Facts: June Bowen bought this car for £360 when it was exactly 2 years old. She was to keep it and love it and look after it for over 50 years, during which time it served her well and covered over 60,000 miles.
  • We Love: The incredible cleverness of the original Mini design, the work of a genius called Alec Issigonis.
  • Not so good: There is nothing not to like about the MK1 Mini.

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Hillman Imp Super

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1971
  • Age: 50 years
  • Place of first registration: West Sussex
  • Facts: Not many Imps have survived and the super in this colour is particularly unusual.
  • We Love: The instruments, warning lights and the choke control on the floor as well as the opening rear window.
  • Not so good: The engine, which is canted over at 45 degrees tended to leak oil and overheat. Sadly, the Imp never seriously rivalled the Mini.

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Vauxhall Viva

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1972
  • Age: 49 Years
  • Place of first registration: Durham
  • Facts: Clearly loved and well looked after by 4 owners in over 4 decades, during which it has covered a mere 36,000 miles.
  • We Love: The simplicity of the controls and the functionality of the design, like Ford. Vauxhall realised that the British motorist valued simplicity and size over complexity.
  • Not so good: This is a very basic car as shown by the fact that the passenger does not even get a sun visor.

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Chrysler Avenger

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1979
  • Age: 42 years
  • Place of first registration: Wiltshire
  • Facts: A very rare original Avenger from the late 70s. Very hard to find one of these in this condition.
  • We Love: The eccentric but functional interior switchgear.
  • Not so good: We prefer the hockey stick rear lights of the original car and the front restyle is also a bit clumsy.

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Morris Marina Coupe

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1979
  • Age: 41 years
  • Place of first registration: Coventry
  • Facts: The fact that it has survived. Less than 300 Marinas left of the 800,000 made!
  • We Love:
  • Not so good: That brown interior and matching vinyl roof.

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Vauxhall Astra MK1

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1981
  • Age: 40 years
  • Place of first registration: Gloucester
  • Facts: This very early Astra has a secret story: the Vauxhall production line in the UK was not ready when the Astra was launched. Consequently the early cars were actually made by Opel. This one has a plate under the bonnet stating made by Adam Opel GmbH, in West Germany.
  • We Love: The modern new shape, the overhead cam engine and the very simple switch gear. Also it’s a great colour with a matching interior.
  • Not so good: The shape dated quickly in a decade when tastes where changing so the MK2 Astra was launched only 4 years later.

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Mini 25 Special Edition

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1984
  • Age: 37 years
  • Place of first registration: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
  • Facts: Not many cars have had a production run of 25 years, but in 1989 the Mini hit this milestone and to celebrate 5000 25th Edition cars were made. These featured special celebratory logos and more comfortable and lavish interior, as well as metallic silver paint work. The cars were powered by a 1 litre engine perhaps reflecting that most Minis were not performance versions.
  • We Love: The Mini
  • Not so good: It is notable that the 1989 car was not very different to the one built 25 years earlier, this is mainly because the original design was so advanced but it might have been possible to have updated the car further.

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Ford Capri 1.6 Laser

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1986
  • Age: 35 years
  • Place of first registration: Bristol
  • Facts: A nicely preserved original late Capri, still looks the business.
  • We Love: The timeless shape, long bonnet and fast back.
  • Not so good: On a wet roundabout with clumsy use of the throttle.

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Ford Escort MK3/4

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1988
  • Age: 33 years
  • Place of first registration: Lincoln
  • Facts: Although its paint is slightly faded this bog standard Escort had only done 11,000 miles in over 30 years.
  • We Love: The interior is like a new car, with no wear on the pedals and the thin steering wheel of the time.
  • Not so good: This is the most basic 1.3 model, the CVH engine was not as good as Ford believed but that didn’t stop this being by far the bestselling car in the UK during the 80s.

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Austin Maestro "Special"

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1989
  • Age: 32 years
  • Place of first registration: Wigton, Cumbria
  • Facts: Purchased by Laurence Rudd a Cumbrian farmer from JW Huntington and Sons in Wigton, this car was destined for a leisurely life, completing less than 12,000 miles in 20 years.
  • We Love: The airy interior, big glass area and clear instrumentation.
  • Not so good: The “Special” limited edition was not really that special. It had an old 1300cc engine, a four speed gearbox and tin bumpers replaced the body coloured plastic trims which had made the Maestro ahead of its time.

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Austin Metro

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1989
  • Age: 32 years
  • Place of first registration: Warwick
  • Facts: A very low mileage, low owner car in amazing condition.
  • We Love: The optimism encapsulated in the launch of the Metro and its genuinely spacious interior.
  • Not so good: By the time this car was registered the Metro badly needed a facelift and development. This “City” model was incredibly basic, with no parcel shelf or rear wash/wipe. Sadly, by this stage even the Austin badge had gone and the car was marketed purely as a Metro.

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Ford Sierra Sapphire

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1989
  • Age: 32 years
  • Place of first registration: London
  • Facts: Almost certainly originally belonged to a Sales rep, this is a high spec. 2 litre Sierra with a boot.
  • We Love: The fact that Ford again kept this car updated, cementing its position as a fleet favourite.
  • Not so good: The colour is a bit challenging and we cannot help but wonder if it would not have been better with front wheel drive.

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Vauxhall Astra MK2

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1989
  • Age: 32 years
  • Place of first registration: London
  • Facts: The MK2 Astra re-clothed the Astra in a dramatic very aerodynamic, jelly mould shape which was dramatically different to the angular shape of the MK1. This was a very popular car in the late 80s and 90s.
  • We Love: The shape which mimicked the styling of Fords successful Sierra and was much more adventurous than the blue oval’s Escort.
  • Not so good: It was mechanically very similar to its predecessor.

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Ford Fiesta MK3

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1991
  • Age: 30 years
  • Place of first registration: Devon
  • Facts: Until we bought it, this car had never left Devon and covered only 14,400 miles.
  • We Love: The fact that Ford cleverly and constantly refreshed the Fiesta, which still survives in their range today. The MK3 offered an attractive new shape, five doors and a five speed gearbox.
  • Not so good: … for the Metro, which was fast being left behind.

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Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1992
  • Age: 29 years
  • Place of first registration: Basildon, Essex
  • Facts: Victor Stokes bought this car which was a demonstrator from J Toomey Motors in Basildon, who are still Vauxhall dealers. Most Cavaliers were sold to Companies and where beloved by the sales representatives of the time. Mr Stokes kept this car for all his life and by the time we acquired it, it had covered 67,000 miles and never failed a MOT test. A 1 owner Cavalier is genuinely a rare thing.
  • We Love: The fact that the front wheel drive Cavalier gave Vauxhall a moment in the sun as it outsold the Sierra in the early 80s.
  • Not so good: This is rather a dull colour but again the car is totally original and even now is a perfectly satisfactorily mode of transport.

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Reliant Robin

Part of the Classic Collection

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  • Year: 1999
  • Age: 22 years
  • Place of first registration: Darlington
  • Facts: By 1999 Reliant were in deep trouble, this is one of the last 3 wheelers actually designed using a computer and featuring Vauxhall Corsa headlights.
  • We Love: No one can deny that it is entertaining to drive and because it is so light it is terrifyingly fast.
  • Not so good: High speed cornering is not recommended and at a new price of £8000 it hardly represented value for money.

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