Sam doesn’t just write about old tat, he buys, sells, and loves it too. At present he owns far more cars than are sane for one individual. Some of them work, too.
1977 Triumph Stag
Burble burble burble. Occasional flappy hair. A bit of a feel-good toy, but a capable all round daily driver – as proved during the winter of 2014.
1992 SAAB 9000CSE 2.3T
I missed my old 9000 too much. So I bought another. A low mileage 2 owner car with just a few small issues, it’s perfect for terrorising passengers.
1993 Citroen XM 2.0ct SEi auto
A hugely underrated car when they work – and this seems to be a good one. Despite the reputation XMs had, most of it seems to work.
1993 Citroen Xantia 1.9D LX
Rescued from Facebook Marketplace at a cost of just £250, this has become a most capable everyday hack.
1995 Peugeot 306 1.8XT auto
My mother had an identical car – the first I drove after passing my test. This is Memory Lane for me.
1996 Jaguar XJR
Bought to replace my much missed Montego – it’s as different as it can be, and is a definite keeper.
1997 Jaguar XJ Executive 3.2
Bought blind on eBay, this turns out to be better than expected. And too good to use, really.
1997 Jaguar Sovereign 3.2 LWB
…Which is why this one has appeared too. Long wheel base is good, fate is not.
1999 Mercedes-Benz E430 Elegance
Cheap and V8. Does it need anything more? It does? Well, despite the reputation a W210 is actually a good car.
1999 Rover 820Si
Bought for cheaps as a winter hack – and the best 800 I’ve had.
2000 Citroen Xantia HDi110 Exclusive
Saved from scrap at scrap money. 50mpg has never been so comfortable.
2002 Rover 75 2.0 Connoisseur SE
Another scrap rescue. Not that I know what I’m going to do with it.