From classic British beauties to quality convertibles, Sun readers share their much-loved motors – The Sun
EVERY week you send us photos of your sweet rides – from the moderns you modify to the survivors you support, and all the wonderful things in between. Here, then, is an assortment of your much-loved motors.
This column wouldn’t be the same without you – so, thank you, have a Happy New Year.
1953 Jowett Jupiter
Owner: Tony Jackson, from Congleton, Ches.
Tony says: “This is a Cheshire farm barn rescue that I’ve owned since 1981. One of Bradford’s finest and the only sports car made by the company founded in 1902 by Bill and Ben Jowett. The car club was established in 1923 – the oldest in the world.”
Alfie’s verdict: Every day’s a school day, Tone – I’d never heard of this car before now, thanks for introducing me to it. A beauty.
1999 Mazda Xedos 6
Owner: Mike Hayward, from Dursley, Gloucs.
Mike says: “This is my marvellous Xedos 6. It’s a 2-litre V6 with 110,000 on the clock. These cars were originally made to compete with BMW and Mercedes, which they did admirably. I’ve resprayed it from old-man burgundy to Mariner Blue (an original Mazda colour).”
Alfie’s verdict: A Japanese rarity, brought up to its owner’s exacting standards. Nice.
1988 Ford Transit flatbed
Owner: Leonard John Carter, from Fareham, Hants.
Leonard says: “It’s taken me four years to do this restoration. Every part has come from Ford. It’s not even been on the road yet, there’s no mileage and the tyres still have the stickers on.”
Alfie’s verdict: A labour of love to build this fine, pristine example of the ‘backbone of Britain’.
2000 Renault Megane Cabrio Monaco
Owner: Dick Stilgoe, from Broughton Astley, Leics.
Dick says: “Thought you might like to see my Renault Megane Monaco 1.6 16v. It’s 20 years old and it drives like a dream. It’s the perfect sunny Sunday morning toy.”
Alfie’s verdict: French chic, classic-style – a quality little convertible.
1985 VW Golf GTI (MkII)
Owner: David Hartnett, from, Burbage, Leics.
David says: “This is my Golf GTI. I bought it in 1998 when I was 21. It’s still in regular use and my two-year-old thinks it’s his. I think I’ve done about 70,000 of the 200,000 miles on the clock. The wheels are from a Porsche 944 and the car still puts a smile on my face every time I use it.”
Alfie’s verdict: A hot hatch legend, racking up the daily miles. Top work, fella.
Owner: Mike Winkworth, from Reading.
Mike says: “I’ve owned this since 2002 and it’s my weekend ‘show’ car. Values have soared since I bought it for £18,000. It’s won various awards and featured in magazine articles. These cars still feel quick – it has a 3.6-litre twin-turbo with approximately 400hp and a 0-60mph time under 5secs.”
Alfie’s verdict: Mike, you’ve made me a very, very jealous man. This thing is a dream car of mine and yours looks phenomenal.
2004 Ford Mondeo ST
Owner: Robert Barley-Cox, from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
Rob says: “I only picked it up this year and I’m very proud of it. I always wanted to send a pic in, so I thought I would with this car. It’s a Mondeo ST, but it has been remapped to have more than 340hp. It’s a monster and I’ve had many complimentary remarks about it.”
Alfie’s verdict: Makes me mournful, this one, as I had an ST Mk3. It didn’t have 340hp, though. Awesome.
2002 Toyota Avensis Vermont
Owner: Jet Mather, from Ealing, West London.
Jet says: “This is my 17-year-old Toyota Avensis Vermont. It has a full service history, 69,000 genuine miles and is in immaculate condition.”
Alfie’s verdict: I love cars like this – they were everywhere and anonymous when new, but some survive as cherished motors to this day. Super machine, mate.
1957 MG A Roadster
Owner: Phil Dutton, from Redditch, West Mids.
Phil says: “I’ve had it 27 years and it’s part of the family. It was fully restored ten years ago in its original colour of Old English White. It has a 1,500cc engine with a four-speed gearbox, and it is a joy to drive.”
Ask Alfie’s verdict: A classic British beauty. Looks totally stunning, Phil.
2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5
Owner: Robin Groves, from South Staffordshire.
Robin says: “This is my Corvette C5. I have owned it for six years and it’s a joy to drive – it gives lots of performance.”
Alfie’s verdict: I bet it does, Rob. As the Yanks say, there ain’t no replacement for displacement. All 5.7 litres of it, in this case.Source: Read Full Article