At Great Escape Classic Car Hire we’ve decided to go to extremes this summer. The hot weather got us thinking about adding more classic convertibles to our hire fleet (we have always run short at busy times). When we started looking at suitable options our choice came down to two extremes – either an Alfa Romeo Spider or a Mercedes 300SL. Two very different cars that probably appeal to different people. So what to do?
Well, we ended up buying both. It has meant losing the Porsche 928 but once we started looking at Mercedes and Alfa Romeo cars we realised that both of these convertible are just perfect. They’re easy to live with, reliable, easy to drive and stylish. Even though the Germans and Italians seem to have approach the idea of a stylish convertible from different directions, the end result is a pair of classic convertibles that achieve the same result – a great and entertaining day out.
We’ve bought a lovely Mercedes 300SL for our Yorkshire fleet – finished in metallic green with a cloth interior and automatic gearbox. It’s the more leisurely, relaxed alternative to our new Alfa Romeo Spider, which we’ve added to our Suffolk fleet. It is a 1989 Series 3 ‘aerodynamica’ car finished in metallic blue with a black interior and a manual gearbox. It is a 1600cc car running on carburettors – not as powerful as the 2000cc version of this engine but what it sacrifices in power it makes up for in smoothness and sweetness.