Watch: Was James May right about classic cars being rubbish?

Do you agree with May?

29w ago

A few videos ago, James May said that he was 'over' classic car ownership and is now moving on into the futuristic tech of batteries and hydrogen. This has baffled many of us, so much so that Mike Fernie has decided to grab the keys to arguably the greatest classic car of all time – the Series 1 Jaguar E-Type – to see whether what May has said is true.

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Comments (7)

  • He's absolutely right, classic cars are rubbish. Their designs were and still are beautiful to look at and they evoke strong feelings of nostalgia but in nearly every category you can think of they cannot even compare to the most basic commuter car on the road today.

    Now what I think we will see more of is a modern classic like some custom shops are already doing where they take an old car or truck and bring it to the future.

      6 months ago
  • I agree - to a point....Their designs were and still are beautiful to look at and they still bring out strong feelings of nostalgia of the time....but would you still want to have them 20-30 years time when everything needs to be a piece of art, then yes, but as a daily commuter, then definitely not

      6 months ago
  • Would I buy a classic car as a daily driver? No. Would I buy one as a piece of art? In a heartbeat.

      6 months ago
  • I agree - to a point. I would never use my SD1 as a daily - too thirsty and it would deteriorate outside. Mechanically however it is a simple car. Look at the way modern cars are going - I am finding the much of the motor trade no longer want to touch anything that is involved. Even modern cars require more than oil, pads and discs.

      6 months ago
  • Yeah, generally they are crap. Suspension is awful, engines slow and expensive to run. Forever breaking down, handling is rubbish.

    They are full of nostalgia but little else

      6 months ago