Everyone has a different opinion about what constitutes a great car. We just define it as a classic car that our customers love. But a duff version of a great car is, I think, something we can all generally agree on. A duff version is the model in the range that undermines the inherent greatness of the rest of the range. Think Porsche 911 Targa, the ugly scuttle-shaking duck of the iconic 911 range. Or the E Type Series 1 2+2 - all that beauty and brilliance destroyed by the equivalent of a stove pipe hat plonked on top.
These cars, and others, are the chinks in the armour, the signs of fallibility that all car companies inevitably suffer from as they cater to the vagaries of the market.
As a classic car hire company we don't want the lemons, but they are very tempting because generally they're cheap. Our customers want to drive their perfect image of their dream car, in the right colour. Anything else is a compromise. We've learnt this by trial and error and I'll admit we've had a few duffers. Sometimes you don't realise they are duffers until you drive one or see it up close. Take that 911 Targa for example - like discovering a third ear on Elle Macpherson. It just ain't right.
So here is our list of duff classic cars, the great cars that snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Jaguar E Type Series 1 2+2
Daimler 250 V8
Over the last 7 years we've learned by trial and error what customers want when they choose a classic car to hire. In some cases, like the Daimler, we've had to put personal opinion to one side. The result is a fleet of cars that we are proud to offer - we aren't cutting corners and we aren't fobbing customers off with the duff version of a great car. To find out more call 01527 893733 or visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk