Dreams of playing Action Man lead to eBay temptation

| 10 Nov 2011

I can’t get two-door Range Rovers out of my mind, to the extent that last weekend I bought a Land Rover magazine.

The next morning I went on to eBay and almost immediately stumbled across a two-door up for auction with an hour to go. Suddenly I was the
high bidder at £700. This was before I’d even read the description or found out where the thing was. The write up was literate and reasonable. But, sadly, the car was in Dumfries… Hmmm... OK.

It was time to pop out for an hour and have a nervous lunch while mulling over the pros and cons of Range Rover ownership. Love the shape, the sound, the 1970s action man image (ever seen Callan?) and the fact that it’s so much more acceptable than any other 4x4. Yeah, I wanted it. This was my moment… I returned, however, to find that I had been handsomely outbid to the tune of £1700.

It needed some welding and a tidy up, but it didn’t look an unreasonable car in dark green. A further perusal of the net revealed a really very smart one on offer for £4k, though I experienced a rare moment of clarity that basically amounted to ‘buy the best you can afford’ - because in the long run (or even the short run)it will be cheaper.

One of the reasons for this Range Rover fetish rearing its head again was the possibility of the Jaguar XJ-S finding a new home. I’d almost reconciled myself to hanging on to it, and was happy enough to do so, until a buyer from Cyprus popped up and has begged me not to sell it to anyone else.