If I did buy a car, I wouldn’t use it very often

…so it wouldn’t have to be practical.

At least, that’s the excuse I give myself when I skim through the eBay classic cars section looking for things I’m not really going to bid on, like this dragster inspired Mk1 Ford Cortina. When I was a kid our neighbour ran a Lotus Cortina lookalike in local rallies, so I’d be more inclined to that look than the gasser, but it’s still cool.

I still lust after a Citroen DS, and they’re still available at sensible prices. I’d rather like a Traction Avant as well, but this one needs a bit of work.

A World War 2 era Jeep would be cool, but that machine gun on the back of it is obviously fake.

I think I need to own a hot rod, such as this model A pickup or this 1932 Model B at some point in my life, even if it was only used for a few days at the height of summer.

If I wanted to scare other drivers, this 1978 Ford Thunderbird could be the right vehicle. I think it looks like the eponymous demon possessed automobile from The Car. Alternatively, I could try to play the hero and pretend to be Starsky (or was it Hutch) in this Ford Gran Torino.

I could spend the rest of the day doing this, but I’d better stop, and think about something nearer my price range and expertise- like an old Raleigh Twenty shopper looking for restoration.