Hiring out old cars for a living tends to expose us to the likes and dislikes of the general public pretty quickly. I've lost my shirt a few times on classic car purchases I was sure would be sure fire hits, only to see them spend more time in the workshop than on hire. But sometimes I take a punt and get it right. Sometimes...
Here's a list of cars that we either hire out through Great Escape Classic Car Hire or get asked for. They're not the established classic cars but the ones we see coming over the horizon.
1. Jaguar XK8
If you like luxury old smokers and you haven't got your eye on a xk8 coupe, convertible or xkr then you should start now. Demand for and interesting in these cars is seriously on the up compared to 2011. And they won't get cheaper. We hire out a xk8 convertible and xkr coupe and they have been a joy - hassle free, reliable and customers love them
2. Jaguar xjs
Another big cat and xk8 fundraiser. The XJS has been in the doldrums for years, stuck under the E Type's shadow. No more. We are experiencing lots of 'try before you buys' from people in their 30s for whom the E Type is just the stuff of photographs. They grew up with the S and want a piece of its superb ride and handling action. Another cheap classic that can only appreciate
3. Classic Mini Cooper
There are loads about but not loads of good ones. Everybody's first car or mum's car has never been out of fashion but good ones are being snapped up as weekend cars, rather than cheap student transport. Early ones have been silly money for years, now late ones with wood and leather are catching on
4. Peugeot 205 GTI
We've been raving about the pint size Pug for ages, but it really is that good. Good ones are getting scarce - last year 2.5k was top money, now it's 3.5k or more. Don't wait any longer, you know you need one!
5. DeLorean DMC-12
Oh my, how popular is this car? Once the butt of jokes, well the stainless steel supercar has the last laugh. Interest in them is phenomenal and prices are racing - the 40k DeLorean can't be far off. Sure, it isn't the last word in sports car handling but who cares - look at those doors!
And the stuff that I bought that I thought would work? I'll maybe post the full story one day. But the numbers 9, 2 and 8 still make me visibly weep.
We're always adding new cars to the fleet and we'll continue to take a punt on cars we want to just try out. If you have a car you love but we don't have on the fleet, please tell us via www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733