Top Gear: Paddy gets emotional at Eddie Kidd tribute
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In the final episode of the series, Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chirs Harris embarked on what Paddy described as a “public service mission”. Paddy revealed that new drivers pay, on average, close to a whopping £5000 on their first vehicle, with an extra £1900 for insurance.
The Vauxhall Corsa is the UK’s most popular first car, and with the vehicle and insurance combined, would probably set a 17-year-old new driver back by £7000.
Tackling one of the “biggest disgraces in modern motoring”, the three car fanatics tested classic cars to score them against the modern money machines.
But, does old really equal better?
A classic car is defined as one 25 years or older.
Paddy test drove an MGB GT, priced at £5000, which would cost a 17-year-old new driver £1300 to ensure.
The MGB GT was “dripping with 60s style”.
Freddie was given a Volkswagen Beetle, also priced at £5000, and requiring a small insurance payment of £870.
Finally, Chris’ Lada Niva cost less than £5000 and also less than a grand to insure.
The “indestructible” car, which was produced in Soviet Russia, had endured like no other in history: “They have been everywhere, North pole, South pole, Everest base camp.”
With all three old cars over 40 years old, they were classed as “historical vehicles”.
They all worked out cheaper than a Corsa, as their sheer age meant that drivers would not be required to get an MOT or pay road tax on them.
Tonight’s episode was a complete contrast from last week, which discussed the Aston Martin Victor, which would set drivers back by £4million, let alone £5000.
@gavmacn took to Twitter, stating: “Some say Top Gear has lost the plot. Reviewing a £4m car that literally nobody can actually buy.”
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