In 12 years I've run a lot of classics as hire cars. A handful required a stiff drink and a darkened room to recover. Rated simply by their ability to turn four wheels on a regular basis, here are my worst classics...
Not our customers. However, they were more concerned about the gear stick that kept snapping, the gears that kept going AWOL and the wheels that, you guessed it, kept falling off. The DeLorean was so ridiculously unreliable that it had to be withdrawn from rental because it was failing at least half the time. A few years later we borrowed another DeLorean for film work - guess what? Same problems.
2. AC Cobra Kit Cars
3. Rover SD1 Vitesse
4. Porsche 928
The sting in the tale of my time with Porsche's Grand Tourer is that I should have kept it - now it would be worth two or three times what I paid for it. But that would require me to live with its ruinous running costs and dull dynamics for 10 years, something I'm happy to have forgone. I wanted to like the 928 but didn't. At all. It's like the annoying prefect at school - very good at everything but with the character of a blancmange left out in the rain.
5. Jensen Interceptors (but not all of them)
The West Bromwich express has the distinguished job of being in the list - and would also make my Best Of list. It all comes down to individual cars. The Interceptor was hand-built (often not very well) and, for the last 20 years, has been cheap as chips. So many have been poorly maintained. I've had four on hire - 3 have been dogs, one has been brilliant (although it took a while to get there). My Life in Jensens demonstrates how important it is to buy the right car, something that I admit is not always easy to assess. I still love the Jensen - but no longer all of them.
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