According to Paddy McGuinness, the perfect secondhand family car is not a spacious Volvo 840 estate, or a hardy Land Rover Discovery. No, the perfect second-hand family car is… an old hearse. In fairness, there’s at least some logic behind this apparently deranged proclamation. Hearses, after all, are a) spacious b) carefully driven, and c) really very cheap, on account of no sane human wanting to buy something that’s spent a decade ferrying corpses about.
To prove his genius, Paddy bought himself an old Daimler hearse, and invited Chris and Freddie to the Top Gear test track to experience its magnificence. Magnificence that was, for some reason, best proved by loading the hearse with vegetables, lawnmowers and grandmothers. Convinced, somehow, of Paddy’s genius, Chris and Freddie took it upon themselves to lightly upgrade Paddy’s Daimler, transforming it from hearse into… the Overtaker, Britain’s ultimate family car. Which the Top Gear producers then challenged to a series of sensible, family-car tests. Including a beach assault course, a hill climb, and a no-holds-barred banger race. Some crashing may have occurred.
A Dallara-lara laughs
The Dallara Stradale is a car that raises many questions. Is a 2.3-litre four-cylinder Ford engine appropriate propulsion for a car costing 200 thousand pounds? Why, exactly, did they forget the doors? And, most importantly: can it pull more g-force in the corners than a Lotus 3-Eleven driven by Freddie Flintoff?
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