How to make a thirty-five-year-old Classic behave like a new Mercedes.
I recently made a bonkers decision that I would hand back my two-year-old Merc C200 (at the end of its PCP deal) and buy an old Classic car as my daily runabout since I do so little mileage, but, I do like my creature comforts.
I have enjoyed all the toys in the Mercedes although it has not been without its problems, mainly faulty sensors in the electronics. So, my wish list for the replacement car was to have, number one, a decent radio and sound system. I had upgraded the Merc speakers, but the radio tuning was abysmal (not easy or intuitive to tune).
Next, it should have bright LED lights, and automatically come on when dark. Blip operated central locking with a decent alarm system. All my cars get fitted with trackers anyway. All round parking sensors and a rearview camera as well as front and rear witness cameras. Of course, it would need a decent navigation system in it too. Not too many old cars have these features although I was relishing the chance to retrofit them.
So, what was to be the donor car?
‘They don’t make cars like they used to’ is a phrase often quoted by old people wound tight in the grip of nostalgia. But nostalgia lies. They don’t make cars like they used to, because old cars are generally rubbish. They leak, they break down, they’re slow and they smell of unspecific grandparents.” (Top Gear – Tom Ford)