So out of all the cars they test all year round, which models are the ones that Autocar staffers are willing to spend their own money on?
The results are varied, ranging from a 1990 Volkswagen T3 Synchro, through a 1974 Ford Escort Mexico and even including a 1965 Chevrolet Corvair, but John Simister choose – 1961 Saab 96 (owned since 2001):
“I’ve always been intrigued by Saabs and I fell in love with the 96 after driving one for Practical Classics magazine,” Simister says. “I bought mine from a mechanic from the Saab museum in Trollhättan and drove it home from there to the UK.”
“I do about 3000 miles a year in the car,” Simister says. “It’s probably the nicest car that I’ve ever owned. It’s eccentric and interesting and I doubt I’ll ever sell it.”
And the winners are…
1st place – Saab 96
Quirky, eccentric and extremely capable, Simister’s 96 is a treasure. And quite rightly, extra points are gained by the owner’s determination to use the car as much as possible.
2nd place – Volkswagen T3 Syncro
3rd place – Chevrolet Corvair / Ford Escort Mexico