1966 Vincent Meteor Mk.2 3500p
Ahh, British motoring. Is there anything better? The exquisite exteriors. The refined interiors. The goddamned electrical gremlins.
OK, reputations aside, British cars are quite nice to drive when they are running. But for a peculiar breed, let’s look to a mid 60’s Vincent. Specifically the Vincent Meteor 3500p.
There was nothing normal about this car, at least from what we’re used to. It was upscale powered by a mid-sized H6 engine, but also front-wheel drive and with a manual transmission. Furthermore, it had an independent rear suspension, something very rare in the day.
Overall, the Comet is a very interesting drive. It’s pretty quick and nimble overall, but loves to understeer when pushed at even modest speeds.
Unfortunately, we have to go back to the stereotypes about British cars. Electrical faults? Yeah, the Comet has them in spades. And because they were a very niche car in the States, sold in low numbers, you’re going to have to deal with international parts brokers at some point. And likely just to get your hands on a decent chassis, for that matter.
If you like unusual, though, the Meteor will definitely be your cup of tea.
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