1999 TVR Chimaera 4.0
Anyway, a couple of hours later I had bought my rather lovely Starmist Green 4.0 Chim with 46,000 miles on the clock and a bulging history file. Coming from a well-known dealer it had a sound (recently worked on) chassis along with good paintwork and an immaculate interior. It's in standard specification bar a sports exhaust, a fantastically noisy sports exhaust in fact, and it was the noise that sold the car to me from the first turn of the key. It is loud (measured 109db at 4000rpm static) but that's the point of TVRs isn't it? Although my neighbours might not agree.
I picked it up on the 23rd December after a full service and a host of other pre delivery items were attended to, and that meant heading straight into a period of snowy weather, which wasn't exactly ideal.
It didn't stop me worrying about the salt on the chassis though despite it being recently waxoyled. I know that I could have taken another car but I had that new car urge and I'm pleased I did as it helped me to get to know the car and it also meant I could show it off to my family, and we all like to do that don't we?
Since collecting the Chim I have covered over 1000 miles, including two PH run outs, the odd commute and a return trip to the PH Show at the NEC in yet more snow. It's been a complete and utter joy to own so far and is even kind to the wallet with late 20's MPG creeping into the 30's on the motorway. The best bit is that fact that I finally own a car that is such an event to drive, even on the morning commute through London you can't help but feel happy as you rumble through the streets looking at the TVR logo on the steering wheel, enjoying the smell of leather in the cabin and the great view over the bonnet.
The exhaust gasket has also just started to go meaning a faint tappety noise can be heard, but once again the Fernhurst team have bent over backwards to help me and it will be sorted under the 12 month warranty that came with the car. Things that aren't so easy to solve are the rather poor headlights and largely ineffective wipers, but I'm learning to live with that, and the evenings are getting lighter. Life with one of Blackpools finest is an absolute pleasure and if I'm honest I'm struggling to work out why it took me so long to buy one in the first place. I can't wait for summer to arrive (even if only so I don't have to put the Leven cover on every day) and I'll enjoy keeping you posted as to how we get on from here.
1990 Porsche 944S2
When we got in I was heartbroken to see the passenger footwell was full of water and it was dripping down the side of the dash as we watched. Fearing the worst I took it back to Porsche Byfleet and left it on their forecourt with a note asking them to take a look at it.
It transpired that a drain hole had become blocked behind the engine and it was a simple enough to fix. Fortunately the water hadn't done any damage to the electrics which was my biggest fear. After the fix I asked them to remove the interior so that every drop of water could be removed from beneath the carpet and had the seats and carpet dried to avoid any damp smells too.
The bill for all this was a very reasonable £250, so I think I got good value for money considering the work involved. Other than this, life with the S2 is good, and I'm pleased to say that the rust free body is staying that way too. It really is a great car and I think it looks as fresh as ever for 20 years old.
1992 Range Rover V8
So that's the current fleet, and I'm very pleased indeed. Yes they are old but that means bags of character and enjoyment as you drive around in cars that aren't seen that often any more.
Yes, I own two petrol powered 4.0 V8s and one 3.0 'four' but used with care the fuel and maintenance bills aren't as hideous as you might expect and all are insured as classic cars which helps keep costs down too. I don't need three cars - I have to juggle parking them as I only have one residents permit and I can't really justify three lots of MOTs and tax but right now I wouldn't change a thing.