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Colin Goodwin | Journalist


11 October 2022

Dear Colin, I’m sure you’ve owned quite a few cars in your time. Are there any that you’d like to have back? That you miss and wish you’d never sold? Chris Bell

Dear Chris,

I’ve lost count of how many I’ve owned. At least 40, most very ordinary. But which would I like to own again? This brings in the dreaded N-word. Nostalgia. I’m hooked on classic auction sites like The Market and Car and Classic within which great danger lies. I’m currently following a 1967 Sunbeam Alpine MkV. I had one when I was young and it coincided with a favourite girlfriend. What a daft reason for spending a packet on an old nail.

But there is one and that’s my old Datsun 240Z. I had it before I did this job and sold it to a guy who restored it (I then drove it for a story). I can’t think of a car that responds so well to the restomod treatment as the early Z. HOW 348L are you still out there?

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