I like cars - but I prefer older ones with character.

I was fortunate enough to grow up at a time when second-hand sports cars were both reasonably priced and insurance was not prohibitively expensive.

AA badge anyone?

My first car was a mini. I called the AA out 4 times on one trip in a thunder storm driving down to Wales. The car kept slowing down and stopping. Only when the fourth AA man attended the stricken car did he explain that being a transverse engine, the electrics were situated right behind the front grill, so water was pouring in and shorting out the electrics. He fashioned a cover from cardboard and jammed it between the engine and the grill. No further problems!