DRIVEN: POCKET CLASSICS
We try out a pair of pint-sized recreations of roadsters from yesteryear
But this is not purely a kid's toy - Pocket Classics's half-sized replicas are for the kids in adults of all ages, too. They come in petrol or electric versions, and I swear will put a smile on the face of anybody who sits in one or sees one trundling along.
That might not sound like all that much, but it's certainly enough to amuse - you'll most likely run out of charge (after approximately 1h 40m) before you get bored. The electric motor's instant torque means the little car picks up speed quickly, but the light steering and fully independent suspension can make it feel a little bouncy and darty, although the rear-only drum brakes actually make quite a decent fist of stopping you provided you push the left-hand pedal hard enough.
The air-cooled engine note rather suits the 356 shape, and the three forward gears make for a more involving drive. Get a long run in third and you could even get to the point where you'll scare yourself slightly. Also, although you're still perched, there's a bit more space in the Porsche than in the Jaguar.
All this pint-sized retro fun isn't cheap, though. Both electric and petrol cars will set you back £9995, (although there is a kids-only, electric-only Type 35-alike for £6995). It's still a lot cheaper than the real thing, mind - and apparently more than 450 hours of work go into each car. The only question, really, is what price you put on a smile...