Top 5 Cars We’d Buy Now That The British Pound Is Weak
While the recent Brexit vote has caused concern over the amount of financial turmoil that Britain leaving the EU will cause, one of the main side effects is that the British Pound is at its lowest value in more than seven years. The upside of this is that for Americans, many of Britain’s best cars are much more affordable. Here are the five that we’d most like to snap up before England’s currency recovers.
RS200 – Four cylinders, massive turbo, eight shocks, and a bunch of fiberglass. The RS200 doesn’t offer much in the way of civility or creature comforts but it is just about the closest thing one can purchase to a Group B rally car. These cars can be tuned to make ungodly power and they make incredible sounds when driven in anger. It’s a little silly looking, but we need it in our lives.
Triumph Dolomite Sprint – British Leyland has never exactly had a reputation for quality or reliability. In point of fact, most of the cars that they turned out were god-awful. The Triumph Dolomite Sprint is, let’s face it, a little awful but it looks so cool inside and out that we simply don’t care. Sure, it only made around 130hp but it has fender mirrors and a vinyl roof! 10/10 would hoon.
Lotus 7 – This is the Lotus that made Lotus into Lotus. Colin Chapman pulled a Babe Ruth on this one and knocked it out of the park. The car is so good and so light that it’s still built today, albeit with a more modern powerplant etc. by companies like Caterham. This is the OG though. It weighs less than a basket of kittens and in Super 7 trim had a Cosworth-modified engine that sounded awesome. It’s a death trap but we love it.
Morgan +8 – It’s a car with a wooden frame that has an aluminum V8 and a crappy four speed Moss gearbox. It looks like it was built in the 30s and will certainly leave you stranded almost every time you drive it. We don’t care about that because its a Morgan and therefore one of the best things in life. If you own and drive one of these regularly, you WILL begin to look like Basil Fawlty inside of six months. It just happens.
Aston Martin Lagonda – Clearly we’re masochists because this car is one whirling maelstrom of horrible ideas, questionable uses of technology and laissez faire British construction that is sure to break our hearts and our bank accounts. We can’t help but want it though, it’s so weird. It has incredibly strange proportions that are a mix of Greek-revival bank design and 1980s excess and it makes us feel all funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class, but can you even imagine what one might look like if someone put it on air bag suspension?