My award for most optimistic asking price of the week goes to a convertible version of a style-heavy coupé with a decent competition record. I used to have an example of the coupé, for which I paid £40 in 1972. This convertible is on offer for £70,000.
John Simister: Would you pay £70,000 for a Sunbeam Rapier?
A deep concern for the planet's welfare ensures that the cars in John Simister's current assemblage of classics all have engines of under a litre, including a two-stroke Saab which causes the road behind to disappear from view after a cold start. This squares well with John's status as a Car of the Year jury member and a writer both on modern cars and old ones, the latter for Octane and Practical Classics. He has been a journalist since 1984, and lives in the Chiltern Hills with his wife Deborah and a dog called Sprocket.