Category Archives: My Fantasy Class Garage

My Fantasy Class Garage – J.P.M Sandie (Sandie)

Next up is Sandie; MacDroitwich’s unofficially elected curator and compiler of statistics. His love for his ZT is legendary, but which cars would he love to own in his dream garage? Let’s see.

Range Rover Classic:
For me the original Range Rover was the finest creation of the firm, a car that created a whole category of car that is stronger than ever now over 46 years later. A fine creation of the genius that was Spen King, though he came to loathe Chelsea tractors that followed in the class the Range Rover created. Someone with taste and a strong interest in purism would want an early, original 3dr car. I have neither of these qualities so therefore want something fully loaded complete with loads of 90s luxuries. So a softdash one, LWB/LSE please with the TWR Brooklands bodykit.


Rover 75 V8:

An obvious choice but, for me, one of the most endearing things about this firm we loved were the blind alleys and niche creations they came up with from time to time. A near destitute firm converting their flagship to RWD to allow the fitment of a V8 engine from an American cop car has to be right up there. The 75 V8 is a rare and fascinating swansong from MGR and the only shame is that the Ford Modular V8 didn’t come until the car had been Project Driven. With that in mind, as part of this dream garage “mine” would be fitted with a higher quality interior from an early car. With PERSONAL LICE.

Vanden Plas 1500/1750:

The style and grace of an Austin Allegro blended with a luxury coachbuilt interior and a fine front grille. A glorious answer to a question no one outside a small coterie of 1970s pensioners asked. Who could not want this wonderful motor vehicle as part of their dream garage of CLASS? A pretentious ponce would call it “kitsch” I just call it CLASS and hope to one day park my fat backside into those plump leather seats and enjoy a small libation from a decanter positioned on a walnut picnic table. I don’t even care which engine it has.


Daimler Double Six:

A few reasons for this, the main one being that V12 engine of vast consumption and little sense. Most Series III Double Sixes had the higher spec Vanden Plas interior so it holds the same luxury appeal as the Alleg… Vanden Plas 1500/1750 above. I also adore an automotive anachronism (see also Morgans) and by the end of their lives the Series 3 V12 Daimlers and Jaguars were these. They rumbled on to 1992, nearly six years after the introduction of the XJ40, when they were replaced by the short-lived XJ81. The XJ40 was a huge departure from the Series 3 making the way the S3 seem so anachronistic when the two were sharing space on the same forecourt.
Single figure MPG, FTW.

Rover 420 GSI:

A £500 knacker in a DREAM GARAGE? Yes, like many MacDroitwichers I have a soft spot for the R8 so one has to be included here. The R8 was, for my money, the last class leading firm car (much as I love the 75) and one of their strongest ever mainstream offerings (much as I love many of the others). I also feel that there is no car that cannot be improved by the addition of a boot so my specific choice is a 400. There also has to be a T-Series sat under the bonnet for POWER. I have no need to hurry so don’t want a Turbo version.
A 400, sat on those 7 Spoke alloys in the stunning Nightfire Red is, for me, the quintessential R8. As mentioned earlier, I am completely bereft of taste so I prefer them with grilles. Even though these later ones may be somewhat decontented over the 1990-92 models.

So a fairly straightforward line-up I think we’d all be pretty happy with on our driveways.

More to come soon.

My Fantasy Class Garage – Tom Saunders (traineefarmer)

Next up is Giles. We hoped he wouldn’t be ‘Doing It Again‘ but sadly he did ask me if we were limited to Firm products, the daft sod.

Anyway, here we go, let’s see where he takes us.

Rover 2600SE Series 2, manual:

Why not a Vitesse? Because everyone has one of those. The straight 6 is brilliant in its awfulness, the great British underdog in mechanical form with a 4 bearing crank, asthmatic porting and an arthritic camshaft. In my opinion the styling has more elegance without the spoiler and air dam, and in SE trim has my favourite interior of all time.



Triumph TR7:

Even more under-dogging here. Totally lambasted for the last 35 years for it’s styling and yet I see it as one of BL’s most forward looking products. The world still isn’t ready for it.



Aveling Barford RD040: – Yes, we know. He was bound to do it again.

Because who wouldn’t want a REALLY big truck. A real life Tonka Toy made in a pokey little Lincolnshire town by a tiny outpost of the BL empire. And they were bloody good.




Rover 800 Vitesse Coupe: Don’t laugh, he means it.

I’ve got one of these. It’s just brilliant*. Why? I have a genetic defect that makes me like the 800 in all its forms and its finest form is the Coupe. Another underdog, but its poor reputation doesn’t do justice to its actual abilities, a poor reputation confounded by the fact that so many 800s have recently been adopted by bangernomics tossers and run into the ground. The 800 is not a car that forgives a lack of maintenance. When properly sorted (and most weren’t when they left the factory), the 800 could stand head and shoulders above its rivals…
…In 1986.



It can’t have been THAT bad, surely? Looks great, drives well (according to one J Clarkson, anyway) and is a damn sight rarer than your average Wop supercar.




And there we have it. As expected, he’s done it again in ABUNDANCE, OH GILES.

We’ll be back soon to  cover another member’s list.

My Fantasy Class Garage – Lord Sward

Next up in our regular feature is our resident IT cripple Lord Sward.

His fantasy-five always promised to be an interesting one (and also kind to his delicate wrists) and it hasn’t disappointed.

Rover Metro 1.4 GSi auto:

The small car that makes all other miniatures both then and now obsolete and crude. Nitrogen (therefore variable rate) springs, fluid, interconnected, pitch eliminating damping. Robust subframes, interlocking cills and terrific visibility. A truly advanced engine and a receptive transmission with 62 ratios to maximise performance and economy. All this ingenuity in THE most usable package. Add to that a stunning design a truly great driving experience and we have what was correctly called The Best Small Car In the World.


Range Rover P38a 4.6:

The Americans may have given the world a barely useable, crude 4×4, but England created the luxury, all purpose 4×4. Flushed with success, Rover then ultimately defined it in this masterfully recreation of the original that stayed true to its roots. Lashed together on the cheap, it made UK PLC a small fortune. Nothing before or since has looked as good or achieved as much both on and off road as this pinnacle of modern ‘SUV’ good taste.


Bristol Blenheim 3S:

The spoils of war re-created by the most talented aero engineers in the world. Add a cheap and lusty Detroit Gold powertrain and you’ve got the worlds greatest GT. Massively strong, beautifully yet simply engineered and sold only to those in The Know. What more could a wealthy man of taste desire or indeed need in a performance motorcar package?


Triumph TR8:

This was the car that genuinely was The Shape of Things to Come. Add to which the Powertrain that seems to be the defacto set-up for many sports and GT cars for many generations. Raced and Rallied by the one of the finest drivers and personalities to ever grace the sport. This was a car that was cruelly cut off in its prime. Was there ever such a forward looking sportscar with such heritage, pedigree and medals to prove its merit? If ever there was a case for automotive exhumation, then this was it.


Jaguar XJ40 V12:

Successor to the worlds first and arguably still the most stylish executive saloon. Low, curvaceous styling was given an aerodynamic edge for the ‘80s. Additionally, the worlds finest engine (both in configuration and in refinement) had slipped some off its silk off for a sharper, stronger performance. You had the choice to elegantly waft or race with vigour given that fullsome 6.0 litres of pumping power. Grace, Pace and if you ordered correctly, Fish-tank headlamps.

Another superb list, another MacDroitwich member’s line-up to follow soon.

My Fantasy Class Garage – Robert Leitch (5ivegearsinreverse)

First up in our new regular feature is MacDroitwich royalty personified.

A list of cars which promise to be an eclectic mix of the historically significant and the curiously intriguing, we ask Funf for his fantasy garage of five firm cars.

Austin Champ : 

The thinking man’s Land Rover. So many folk don’t even know it exists, and the fact remains that the Champ was more advanced in 1951 than the End of Days Defender was.



Standard Ten 7cwt Pick-up:

The rarest varient of one of the firm’s most woefully under-rated vehicles, indeed, the Ten was arguably the car that saved Standard-Triumph.





ADO16 1300 GT or MG 1300 MKII:

The English Golf of it’s day. A British best-seller and export success. A car badge-engineered to confusion and death and my sentimental choice – it was the car I learned to drive in.




Alvis TF21 Graber Super Sport:

A What? I hear you cry.  An improbably glamorous and rare Anglo-Swiss joint venture. Alvis’s passenger car activities were the first British Leyland casualty. Did they realise what they were throwing away?



Austin X6 Kimberley or Tasman:

A surprisingly good looking car in the – now very rare – metal. Developed and productionised on a shoestring. Building a UK version might have have given breathing space to get the Princess properly sorted. The car was even the basis for a proposed AD017 Vanden Plas 1800.

And that’s it. What a mix! I believe if we hadn’t put his name at the top, we’d’ve been able to guess who’s list this was.

We’ll be looking at another MacDroitwich member’s Fantasy Class Garage soon!