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Top 10 Quietly Cool Cars

Posted by - Tim Earnshaw on 17 January 2022
Categories: Advice

As automotive connoisseurs, we’ve all been guilty of drooling over a car in the street that our friends and family just don’t get. We all stare at a Ferrari and can hear a Lamborghini approaching without even seeing it, but only those in the know glance back at a Citroën all others would pass by.

Here, Windrush’s classic car storage experts choose ten cars that have the cool factor – but only to those who know.

Citroën C6

Citroën C6

In the past, Citroën offered quirkily cool cars in abundance (SM, CX Safari, BX to name but a few), but that dwindled away in the recent past… until the C6 executive saloon arrived in 2005. The C6 was luxurious, well-designed, stuffed to the gills with kit and had a style that many prestige manufacturers would be proud of. Hydroactive suspension meant it could be raised and lowered (a famous Citroën trait) while providing a magic carpet ride. Drive one today and you’ll still cut a dash, so striking is its design. A true French masterpiece.

Volvo XC70

Volvo XC70

A Volvo estate has always had a classless charm, meaning you would not be surprised to find one on the streets of Chelsea, outside a rambling country pile or outside a suburban new build. In 2007, Volvo raised the game – and the car – with the off road 4WD XC70, which is basically a jacked-up V70 estate with some hardwearing exterior trim, chunky tyres, and the capability to not just get you to the point-to-point, but probably get you around most of the course as well. Many other cars do the 4WD thing better, but a mud-covered XC70 parked in the village shows the driver as a person of impeccable taste.

VW Touareg V10

VW Touareg V10

Volkswagen stormed into the SUV market with the luxurious and desirable Touareg 4×4 in 2002, immediately rubbing shoulders with the top-level offerings of the time. In 2003 VW decided to offer the Touareg with a monstrous 5.0 V10 diesel engine, producing 309bhp and 553nm of torque, making it the most powerful diesel engine available at the time. Styling-wise, the Touareg looked like any other model, with no visual clues on show other than a discreet V10 badge on the boot. Costly to buy and costly to run, one has to applaud those brave enough to order such a car, and what a delight it is to see one on the road – or pulling into our classic car storage – today.

Porsche 924

Porsche 924

Known to many as the Porsche with a van engine, the 924 has long been the runt of the Stuttgart litter, and it’s true, the 2.0 petrol engine had origins that can be traced back to a VW van. However, as with many cars, time has been kind to the 924 and it’s now seen as being a rather cool way to get about. What was once seen as ‘dull’ looks now seem understated and sharp. Being regarded as disposable for many years also means good ones are rare (and becoming expensive to buy). True, it’s not fast, but it handles like a Porsche and today the 924 is a very acceptable way to arrive, particularly in S or Turbo specification.

BMW E60 550i

BMW E60 550i

‘Q car’ is a term used to describe a car that has performance beyond its looks, and the 550i may well be the finest example of this to have been offered from a showroom. Sure, you could order an M5 for show and go, but the 50i could be specified in very mundane levels of trim, meaning what might seem like a lowly model at first glance, will soon leave you at the lights as it flexes its 4.8 V8 with nigh on 370bhp. Arguably the coolest 550i spec is an SE trim level Touring (estate) that has been de-badged. Comfortable, with space for the family and discreet enough to be ignored by the boy-racer crew, it is the ultimate fast car for those who don’t want to be noticed.

Honda Prelude (4th generation)

Honda Prelude (4th generation)

We already know Honda knows how to make a decent performance car (take the S2000, NSX and Integra Type R as your evidence), but the 91-96 generation of Prelude is right up there. The one you want is the 2.2 VTEC with 4-wheel-steering and a high-revving 182bhp. Those of you old enough to remember will have fond memories of legendary CAR magazine motoring journalist L.J.K. Setright regularly stating that a Prelude was all the car anyone really needed. When a factory-standard 2.2 is seen on the road, one has to marvel at the technical wizardry packed within, and the fabulous drive it offers. Being a Honda, it’ll run forever, too.

Audi S6 V10 (2006)

Audi S6 V10 (2006)

Much like the BMW E60 550i, the Audi S6 is another wolf in sheep’s clothing, and you’ll need to know your model specs to appreciate what the S6 offers. Tucked under the unassuming bonnet is a 40-valve, 5.2 V10 petrol engine with 429bhp derived from the engine found in a Lamborghini Gallardo, and all there is to show for it is a pair of tiny V10 badges on the wings. Big wheels (to accommodate the big brakes) and some large exhausts are about the only other visual clues over a regular A6, and even the V10 is (sadly) muted so you’ll not be seen or heard. Still, it’s a car that oozes cool, a real car for those ‘in the know’ and your family will love you for it (“My Dad’s car is a Lamborghini”).

Mercedes 500E (W124)

Mercedes 500E (W124)

If you’ve ever flown into Germany, you will be familiar with the Mercedes-Benz W124 E-Class as a stack of them are parked outside airports as taxis (often with a million kilometres on the clock). But the humble 124 became a legend in 1990 when Mercedes launched the 500E. Much like the Audi S6 above, the 500E was discretion personified with subtly flared wheel arches and wider versions of the standard Merc ‘8-hole’ alloy wheels the most obvious statement of its intent. Produced in collaboration with Porsche, the 500E came with a 322bhp V8, brakes from the 600SL, lowered suspension, wider track, and sports seats. 0-60 came in 6 seconds and the top speed was in excess of 160 mph. Only 10,479 were built, so the 500E remains a very special car today – and it’s always a talking point when this model arrives at Windrush’s luxury car storage facilities.

MG ZT 260

MG ZT 260

While the MG ZT was based on the Rover 75, it had one model that stood head and shoulders above the rest, due to it being fitted with a 4.6 V8 taken from the Ford Mustang GT. Power wasn’t huge at just 252bhp, but the Mustang unit has so many off-the-shelf performance parts available that tuning them was a simple affair. While the ZT was most often specified as a saloon, we think the estate model provides the ultimate in coolness, with discreet practicality and that noisy Mustang V8 powering the rear wheels only. Those that spot the quad exhaust pipes may realise it’s a fast car, but few will know your ‘old man’ MG packs American muscle.

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester

Choose any Forester and you’ll have a cool car, but go for a turbo petrol engine and it’s sub-zero. With true go-anywhere potential (ask any farmer) and all the know-how of a world rally champion manufacturer, it really does offer the perfect daily transport. The 2006-2008 Forester XT came with a 2.5 flat-four turbocharged engine producing 208bhp and was a rally car for the family, but it’s relatively easy to find a Japanese market-only STi model here in the UK too, thanks to good numbers being imported. The STi looks every inch the rally stage hero and comes with a 2.5 turbo engine taken from the Impreza WRX STi with 261bhp. Not discreet, but you need to be committed to owning one, and whenever the Windrush team welcomes a Forester to our long term car storage, we can’t help but smile in appreciation.

Loud or subtle, every vehicle is welcome at Windrush long term car storage

At Windrush classic car storage, we’re just as committed to flash supercars as soft-spoken dark horses. We know every vehicle that arrives at our classic car storage facilities in London and the Cotswolds is someone’s pride and joy – and for the duration of your car’s stay, it’s ours, too.

Trust our experts to settle your car in with the industry-leading twelve-step induction that ticks boxes you didn’t even know existed. Then enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing our long term car storage experts are on the case, monitoring and maintaining your vehicle until the moment you’re ready to turn the key.

Windrush’s long term car storage teams are friendly, flexible and ready to hear from you. Drop us a line on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk

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Back in 1975, when Queen’s Roger Taylor wrote I’m In Love With My Car for the Night At The Opera album – sample lyric: ‘Told my girl I’d have to forget her/rather buy me a new carburettor’ – he spoke for every rock star on the planet. Ever since Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place To Go (‘Riding along in my automobile’), there’s been a special relationship between musicians and their motors – which explains why Windrush counts several household names amongst our long term car storage clients (although we’re not saying who!). Here are 10 legendary rock cars, chosen by our prestige car storage team. Noel Gallagher – 1978 Rolls-Royce The Oasis guv’nor demanded a chocolate brown roller from Creation label boss Alan McGee in the mid-’90s – then remembered he’d need a chauffeur, too, given that he hadn’t passed his test. It wasn’t the last classic that Noel would waste: he also paid £110k for a refitted 1967 Mark II Jag, forgot he’d ordered it and garaged the vehicle with 12 miles on the clock. Should have used Windrush prestige car storage… Jay Kay – Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer Since entering the classics market as a teenager (“because I couldn’t get insurance on a modern car”), Jamiroquai’s cat in the hat has owned ’em all. Take a stroll through his garages since the ’90s and you’d find every stripe of automobile exotica, from the one-off LaFerrari hypercar with the world’s only green finish (“I wanted to make a statement”) to the love it/hate it Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake (“It’s not everyone’s cup of tea”) – and don’t forget the classic Cosmic Girl video that includes cameos from his Lambo SE30 and Ferrari F355/F40. Against stiff competition, then, it’s this stunner from the prancing horse that he considers “the best in the world”. Dave Grohl – 1965 Ford Falcon Van The millions might roll in, but the Foo Fighters leader still has a spiritual connection to the punk-rock van tours of his youth. Found in the Arizona Desert, where it was nursing three flat tyres, it fell to California bodyshop King T’s Kustoms to restore the Falcon to former glories. “We threw some gas in the carb and it fired up,” recalls builder Troy Honeycutt, “even though it’d been sitting for eight years.” Jeff Beck – 1932 Ford Deuce Coupé The story goes that when fellow Sixties guitar god Eric Clapton showed off his fleet of Ferraris, Beck was dismissive (“Anyone can buy those”). The Hi Ho Silver Lining man prefers to get his hands dirty, having built over 30 hot rods, and modding this vintage Ford in homage to 1973’s American Graffiti. “If I worried about my fingers,” he says, “I’d never pick up a pair of pliers.” Pete Townshend – Mercedes 600 Pullman Limousine The Who will always be notorious for the apocryphal tale of the Rolls-Royce and the swimming pool, but the band’s guitarist treated his Merc better, having saved for five years to buy it. With an ominous, faintly hearse-like vibe – and the dubious patronage of Saddam Hussein – it wasn’t entirely surprising when the production run wrapped up in 1981. John Lennon – Rolls Royce Phantom V It’s probably the most famous rock car of them all – thanks to a psychedelic paint job that was pure summer of love – but not necessarily the best-loved. Lennon loved to tell the story of the automobile purist who attacked the car with an umbrella as he drove through Piccadilly in 1967: “You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls-Royce…?” Nick Mason – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Pink Floyd’s avuncular drummer made the most of his Dark Side Of The Moon royalties, becoming one of just 39 lucky owners of Ferrari’s ’62 GTO vintage. “I mean, it is a joyriding car,” he told The Telegraph. “But far better is to take it on some particular mission. So if there’s a good rally or something…” Steven Tyler – Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Aerosmith’s loose-lipped frontman was the first in the world to own the Venom, having spotted the model when it debuted at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance (“I figured, I gotta have it”). To Tyler’s credit, he let the car go for just $800k at a charity auction in 2017. Eric Clapton – Ferrari SP12 EC The superstar bluesman laughs in the face of ‘off the shelf’. In 2012, Clapton commissioned Ferrari’s One Off Programme for a custom model that tipped its hat to the BB 512i – and paid a cool $4.75 million for the privilege. Elvis Presley – De Tomaso Pantera The King was losing his grip by 1974, and while his new Pantera was a stunner on first inspection, the model’s overheating and ignition issues played havoc with its new owner’s fragile mindset. One morning, after too many turns of the key, Elvis went full Basil Fawlty, discharging his revolver into the steering wheel. At Windrush classic car storage, everyone gets the rock star treatment You don’t have to be a rock star to benefit from Windrush long term car storage. With a range of packages to suit your budget, our prestige car storage in London and the Cotswolds lets every proud owner benefit from a service that’s simply the best in the business. From our famous 12-step induction process to the checkovers and maintenance programmes that keep your classic in peak condition, nobody else takes better care of your pride and joy. Windrush’s team is ready to chat about our prestige car storage service. Get in touch on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk and let’s find the car storage solution that works for you.
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We’ve hosted some of the greatest models of the ’70s at Windrush’s classic car storage in central London and the Cotswolds. From the scissor-doored cool of the Lamborghini Countach to the urban grit of the Ford Capri, here are ten favourites from a true golden age of motoring. Lamborghini Countach Model run: 1974-1990 Launch spec: 3.9-litre V12 engine, 375HP, 186MPH top speed What made it special: The space-age styling of the Italian design house Bertone and the first scissor doors ever seen on a production car. Was this the first supercar? The debate rages on… Lotus Esprit Model run: 1976-2004 Launch spec: 907 4-cylinder engine, 160HP, 133MPH top speed What made it special: Giorgetto Giugiaro’s dramatic polygonal wedge design, so futuristic it was nicknamed ‘the silver car’. James Bond drove one underwater in The Spy Who Loved Me. Aston Martin Vantage Model run: 1977-1989 Launch spec: 5.3-litre V8, 390BHP, 170MPH top speed What made it special: Style and pace that saw the Vantage dubbed Britain’s first supercar – and adopted by Bond in 1987’s The Living Daylights. The Vantage name still excites drivers to this day and the name remains in production. Porsche 911 Turbo Model run: 1975-1977 Launch spec: 3.0-litre engine, 260HP, 155MPH top speed What made it special: The original turbocharged 911, leaving its normally aspirated older brother on the starting line. The Porsche Turbo is, arguably, the most famous of all supercars, and continues to command respect. Ferrari 308 GTB Model run: 1975-1985 Launch spec: V8 mid-engined, 252BHP, 157MPH top speed What made it special: Revolutionary fibreglass body and the spiritual forefather of Ferrari’s classics to come. Star status confirmed as the company car of TV detective Magnum P.I. BMW 3.0CSL Model run: 1972-1977 Launch spec: 3-litre 6-cylinder engine, 197BHP, 133MPH top speed What made it special: Lightweight, aerodynamic styling that helped win the European Touring Car Championship six times. Known as ‘The Batmobile’ the 3.0 CSL is one of BMWs finest moments. Citroën SM Model run: 1970-1975 Launch spec: 2.7-litre V6 engine, 178 BHP, 142MPH top speed What made it special: Head-turning Gallic style courtesy of Citroën’s chief designer Robert Opron, fused with high performance via a Maserati V6. Très chic. Range Rover Model run: 1970-1994 Launch spec: 3.5-litre V8 engine, 130BHP, 96MPH top speed What made it special: Billed as ‘a car for all reasons’, pairing the Land Rover’s go-anywhere 4×4 traction with unprecedented sophistication about town. Remains the king of luxury off-roaders. Mercedes Benz-450SEL 6.9 Model run: 1975-1981 Launch spec: 6.8-litre V8, 286BHP, 140MPH top speed What made it special: The biggest engine of any non-US postwar production car, along with handling that allowed it to be “tossed it about like a Mini” (in the words of motoring journalist David E. Davis). Star of the famous car chase in the film Ronin. Ford Capri MkI Model run: 1969-1986 Launch spec: 1.3-litre Ford Kent engine, 72BHP, 100MPH top speed What made it special: Strictly speaking, the MkI was launched in 1969, but nothing bottles the ’70s vibe better. No wonder the iconic ’78 3.0S model driven by Bodie in The Professionals went for a world-record £55,000 at auction… Choose Windrush for your classic car storage Whether you’re driving one of these icons – or anything else – we’re proud to offer the complete classic car storage solution at Windrush. Following a thorough twelve-step induction, we’ll settle your vehicle in a dehumidified, climate-controlled indoor storage bay, maintained with 24/7 security, twice-daily checks and weekly battery and drip tray inspections. Plus, every 60 days, we’ll give your car an expert maintenance checkover and run it up to temperature on our internal rolling road. Whether you’re based in the countryside, or looking for classic car storage in London, your historic vehicle couldn’t be in better hands. To discover more about Windrush’s classic car storage, get in touch.
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    Back in 1975, when Queen’s Roger Taylor wrote I’m In Love With My Car for the Night At The Opera album – sample lyric: ‘Told my girl I’d have to forget her/rather buy me a new carburettor’ – he spoke for every rock star on the planet. Ever since Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place To Go (‘Riding along in my automobile’), there’s been a special relationship between musicians and their motors – which explains why Windrush counts several household names amongst our long term car storage clients (although we’re not saying who!). Here are 10 legendary rock cars, chosen by our prestige car storage team. Noel Gallagher – 1978 Rolls-Royce The Oasis guv’nor demanded a chocolate brown roller from Creation label boss Alan McGee in the mid-’90s – then remembered he’d need a chauffeur, too, given that he hadn’t passed his test. It wasn’t the last classic that Noel would waste: he also paid £110k for a refitted 1967 Mark II Jag, forgot he’d ordered it and garaged the vehicle with 12 miles on the clock. Should have used Windrush prestige car storage… Jay Kay – Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer Since entering the classics market as a teenager (“because I couldn’t get insurance on a modern car”), Jamiroquai’s cat in the hat has owned ’em all. Take a stroll through his garages since the ’90s and you’d find every stripe of automobile exotica, from the one-off LaFerrari hypercar with the world’s only green finish (“I wanted to make a statement”) to the love it/hate it Ferrari 330 GT Shooting Brake (“It’s not everyone’s cup of tea”) – and don’t forget the classic Cosmic Girl video that includes cameos from his Lambo SE30 and Ferrari F355/F40. Against stiff competition, then, it’s this stunner from the prancing horse that he considers “the best in the world”. Dave Grohl – 1965 Ford Falcon Van The millions might roll in, but the Foo Fighters leader still has a spiritual connection to the punk-rock van tours of his youth. Found in the Arizona Desert, where it was nursing three flat tyres, it fell to California bodyshop King T’s Kustoms to restore the Falcon to former glories. “We threw some gas in the carb and it fired up,” recalls builder Troy Honeycutt, “even though it’d been sitting for eight years.” Jeff Beck – 1932 Ford Deuce Coupé The story goes that when fellow Sixties guitar god Eric Clapton showed off his fleet of Ferraris, Beck was dismissive (“Anyone can buy those”). The Hi Ho Silver Lining man prefers to get his hands dirty, having built over 30 hot rods, and modding this vintage Ford in homage to 1973’s American Graffiti. “If I worried about my fingers,” he says, “I’d never pick up a pair of pliers.” Pete Townshend – Mercedes 600 Pullman Limousine The Who will always be notorious for the apocryphal tale of the Rolls-Royce and the swimming pool, but the band’s guitarist treated his Merc better, having saved for five years to buy it. With an ominous, faintly hearse-like vibe – and the dubious patronage of Saddam Hussein – it wasn’t entirely surprising when the production run wrapped up in 1981. John Lennon – Rolls Royce Phantom V It’s probably the most famous rock car of them all – thanks to a psychedelic paint job that was pure summer of love – but not necessarily the best-loved. Lennon loved to tell the story of the automobile purist who attacked the car with an umbrella as he drove through Piccadilly in 1967: “You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls-Royce…?” Nick Mason – 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Pink Floyd’s avuncular drummer made the most of his Dark Side Of The Moon royalties, becoming one of just 39 lucky owners of Ferrari’s ’62 GTO vintage. “I mean, it is a joyriding car,” he told The Telegraph. “But far better is to take it on some particular mission. So if there’s a good rally or something…” Steven Tyler – Hennessey Venom GT Spyder Aerosmith’s loose-lipped frontman was the first in the world to own the Venom, having spotted the model when it debuted at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance (“I figured, I gotta have it”). To Tyler’s credit, he let the car go for just $800k at a charity auction in 2017. Eric Clapton – Ferrari SP12 EC The superstar bluesman laughs in the face of ‘off the shelf’. In 2012, Clapton commissioned Ferrari’s One Off Programme for a custom model that tipped its hat to the BB 512i – and paid a cool $4.75 million for the privilege. Elvis Presley – De Tomaso Pantera The King was losing his grip by 1974, and while his new Pantera was a stunner on first inspection, the model’s overheating and ignition issues played havoc with its new owner’s fragile mindset. One morning, after too many turns of the key, Elvis went full Basil Fawlty, discharging his revolver into the steering wheel. At Windrush classic car storage, everyone gets the rock star treatment You don’t have to be a rock star to benefit from Windrush long term car storage. With a range of packages to suit your budget, our prestige car storage in London and the Cotswolds lets every proud owner benefit from a service that’s simply the best in the business. From our famous 12-step induction process to the checkovers and maintenance programmes that keep your classic in peak condition, nobody else takes better care of your pride and joy. Windrush’s team is ready to chat about our prestige car storage service. Get in touch on info@windrushcarstorage.co.uk and let’s find the car storage solution that works for you.
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    The Top 10 Classic Cars From The ’70s

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    We’ve hosted some of the greatest models of the ’70s at Windrush’s classic car storage in central London and the Cotswolds. From the scissor-doored cool of the Lamborghini Countach to the urban grit of the Ford Capri, here are ten favourites from a true golden age of motoring. Lamborghini Countach Model run: 1974-1990 Launch spec: 3.9-litre V12 engine, 375HP, 186MPH top speed What made it special: The space-age styling of the Italian design house Bertone and the first scissor doors ever seen on a production car. Was this the first supercar? The debate rages on… Lotus Esprit Model run: 1976-2004 Launch spec: 907 4-cylinder engine, 160HP, 133MPH top speed What made it special: Giorgetto Giugiaro’s dramatic polygonal wedge design, so futuristic it was nicknamed ‘the silver car’. James Bond drove one underwater in The Spy Who Loved Me. Aston Martin Vantage Model run: 1977-1989 Launch spec: 5.3-litre V8, 390BHP, 170MPH top speed What made it special: Style and pace that saw the Vantage dubbed Britain’s first supercar – and adopted by Bond in 1987’s The Living Daylights. The Vantage name still excites drivers to this day and the name remains in production. Porsche 911 Turbo Model run: 1975-1977 Launch spec: 3.0-litre engine, 260HP, 155MPH top speed What made it special: The original turbocharged 911, leaving its normally aspirated older brother on the starting line. The Porsche Turbo is, arguably, the most famous of all supercars, and continues to command respect. Ferrari 308 GTB Model run: 1975-1985 Launch spec: V8 mid-engined, 252BHP, 157MPH top speed What made it special: Revolutionary fibreglass body and the spiritual forefather of Ferrari’s classics to come. Star status confirmed as the company car of TV detective Magnum P.I. BMW 3.0CSL Model run: 1972-1977 Launch spec: 3-litre 6-cylinder engine, 197BHP, 133MPH top speed What made it special: Lightweight, aerodynamic styling that helped win the European Touring Car Championship six times. Known as ‘The Batmobile’ the 3.0 CSL is one of BMWs finest moments. Citroën SM Model run: 1970-1975 Launch spec: 2.7-litre V6 engine, 178 BHP, 142MPH top speed What made it special: Head-turning Gallic style courtesy of Citroën’s chief designer Robert Opron, fused with high performance via a Maserati V6. Très chic. Range Rover Model run: 1970-1994 Launch spec: 3.5-litre V8 engine, 130BHP, 96MPH top speed What made it special: Billed as ‘a car for all reasons’, pairing the Land Rover’s go-anywhere 4×4 traction with unprecedented sophistication about town. Remains the king of luxury off-roaders. Mercedes Benz-450SEL 6.9 Model run: 1975-1981 Launch spec: 6.8-litre V8, 286BHP, 140MPH top speed What made it special: The biggest engine of any non-US postwar production car, along with handling that allowed it to be “tossed it about like a Mini” (in the words of motoring journalist David E. Davis). Star of the famous car chase in the film Ronin. Ford Capri MkI Model run: 1969-1986 Launch spec: 1.3-litre Ford Kent engine, 72BHP, 100MPH top speed What made it special: Strictly speaking, the MkI was launched in 1969, but nothing bottles the ’70s vibe better. No wonder the iconic ’78 3.0S model driven by Bodie in The Professionals went for a world-record £55,000 at auction… Choose Windrush for your classic car storage Whether you’re driving one of these icons – or anything else – we’re proud to offer the complete classic car storage solution at Windrush. Following a thorough twelve-step induction, we’ll settle your vehicle in a dehumidified, climate-controlled indoor storage bay, maintained with 24/7 security, twice-daily checks and weekly battery and drip tray inspections. Plus, every 60 days, we’ll give your car an expert maintenance checkover and run it up to temperature on our internal rolling road. Whether you’re based in the countryside, or looking for classic car storage in London, your historic vehicle couldn’t be in better hands. To discover more about Windrush’s classic car storage, get in touch.
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