One man's better is another man's worse

Classic car enthusiasts are a particular lot. I know, I'm one of them. And one of the things that gets their goat and mine is the originality vs improvement debate.
Take my Alfasud (I wish you would, etc). I want that to be factory spec, no mods, no improvements. There are so few left now that I feel that's the way it should be.
But is it right? The reason for this naval gazing on ephemera, whilst the world waits for a young dictator to blow it to pieces, is that I've been driving our Yorkshire Morris Minor Traveller for an event in London with Tyrrells Crisps called The Tweed Run. And there are few cars more English than the venerable Moggy Minor Traveller.
This one is a little different. It's a 1967 car that's been fully restored and individualised. On paper based on my Alfasud position I should dislike it. I really don't.
It's got a 1275 Mini engine, 5 speed Sierra box, Jaguar XJ40 leather seats, electric windows and auxiliary gauges.
What I like about this car is that it's got love in it from the man who converted it and it's a genuinely improved and useable classic. It's comfortable, it munches miles and yet it looks from the outside exactly like a factory spec Moggy. So much so that it can be used for a 1960s themed event like The Tweed Run.
To the naysayers who argue for originality I'd say it has its place. There are a lot of Moggies about so why not personalise one of them? It's a sign of passion, just as much as a concours Meguiars winner.
Our Yorkshire Moggy shows what is possible with a basic 1940s design. Whereas the original car is now really a local runabout, this car can be used for long trips. I just have one criticism though - that Sierra box. Stirring its porridgy cogs reminded me of the asthmatic Sierra I had in the 90s, and it wasn't pleasant. Still, a small price to pay for progress.
We have a choice of standard and modified Morris Minor Travellers to hire in Yorkshire or Cotswolds. Prices start at £150 per day. For more details visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.


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