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Best & Worst Valentine Wheels




Every Valentine's Day our thoughts here at Great Escape Cars naturally turn to all things car related. Specifically, how can we make sure a car is part of our own particular lovefest. If that thought perhaps doesn't warrant lingering too long over, I should say that we're not alone. Which was perhaps not the best choice of words....


Valentine's Day is one of our busiest days of the year with girlfriends and wives booking the car of their partners' dreams as a surprise and boyfriends and husbands booking the car of their dreams as a surprise. It was ever thus.


Whether your motivations are altruistic or purely selfish, who are we to judge. We do know, objectively of course, that the right classic car can be the surprise finishing touch to a very romantic day out.


So here, as a simple public service, are our best and worst love machines for Valentine's Day.


5 of the best 


We don't claim to be experts on the perfect love machine, we can just recommend the ones that our customers like. So here they are, the best Valentine's Day wheels....



1. Alfa Romeo Spider




If you're the sort of person who struggles to find the right words to say, get an Alfa Spider for your date. It's like a big billboard proclaiming romance and love. Be in no doubt - he or she will get it. Behind the wheel of an Alfa it's always sunny. Which is just as well because there won't be much left of it if it's raining.


2. Jaguar E Type 




In the 50 years since the E Type was launched on an unsuspecting public it is fair to say that not many people, if in fact anyone, has ever said "ooh, I don't like THAT."  The E Type is the sort of car that melts hearts.  Nobody who ever offered their date a ride in an E Type ever Did The Wrong Thing.  Whether coupe or convertible, the svelte E turns any romantic break into a real escape. Put some more love in your life, drop in an E.


3. Morris Minor Traveller


If piloting a V12 E Type isn't your thing then consider the humble Moggy Minor Traveller. It's name is well chosen because, 60 years on from its creation, life has got a little hectic. Thankfully the Morris time traveller is here to whisk us back to a time when life was simpler and slower. Cruising through the Cotswolds in this wood-trimmed saloon cannot fail to feel romantic, surely?


4. Ford Capri


If our Twitter timeline is anything to go by, the Capri holds a special place in many people's hearts. And not always for reasons we feel able to discuss on a family-friendly website. However you remember the Capri, it seems to have a central part in the lives of many people of a certain age. But don't just let nostalgia fuel your Valentine's Day vibe - the Capri is a still a great car to drive and share.


5. Jaguar Mk2



It's hard to believe that the car beloved of bank robbers is now 60 years old. The Jaguar Mk2's combination of achingly beautiful lines and leather and wood interior make a trip in one truly memorable. The Mk2 creates the perfect setting for romance and that's why it's on our list.


3 of the worst 


This list of anti-love wheels is a little harder to assemble. Since nobody asks us for them we just have to guess. So we're going to offend someone here. We'd love to be proved wrong so feel free to do so. 


1. Reliant Robin


According to the old car sticker, one must not come a-knock in' when the car is a-rockin'. Except, in the case of the Tamworth Rocket, you'd be well advised to ignore that. Because if you see a Robin rockin' in the throws of lurve it's going to fall over, with resultant injury to occupants and passers by. We cannot vouch for the Robin's innate appeal to the opposite sex but we can see that, on a purely practical basis, it's not ideal owing to its inherent instability. Be warned.


2. Mitsubishi Carisma


In the long history of car names few exhibit such a yawning gulf between idea and reality as the unloved Carisma. And yawning is indeed the word with this car. Far from adding a soupçon of charisma to your romantic date, the featureless, dull, character-free Carisma will simply send your partner to sleep. And if a car is an extension of the soul, this one says soulless. 


3. Sinclair C5


Technically the C5 is a car. It has wheels, a seat and all that car tax nonsense that is generally the preserve of proper vehicles. Except on many levels, indeed far too many to relate here, the C5 is not a car at all. It's a very silly thing. Silliness is, in fact, it's defining feature. As a romantic prop it continues this theme, being guaranteed to leave you lonely on account of it being firm evidence of mental instability. Which is really just as well because it only has one seat. 


5. Electric Vehicles In General 


Here at Great Escape Cars we love old stuff. But we're not quite unreconstructed fogies yet. We like electric cars and hybrids, some of which do the job of moving with thrill and excitement much better than petrol cars. There's just one problem: the silence. Creeping up on someone silently has never had a positive outcome for me and, I suggest, is generally not a good idea. Sadly Eco-friendly cars do the Creeping Up On You Silently thing very well. And that isn't romantic. 


So, there you have it. You can spice up your Valentine's Day with by hiring any of the 5 top love mobiles above. We also provide romantic packages that can be bought online in our Gift Shop or by phone on 01527 893733. 


Prices start at just £39.


01527 893733

www.greatdrivingdays.co.uk

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