There are two vehicles that I’ve driven recently that have really made me think good things about the future of motoring. The first is the Nissan Leaf.
Now, I’m not going to deny that I found elements of it slightly irritating. First on that list is the high-set noddy-car driving position, swiftly followed by the odd looks. But regardless of that I really enjoyed the seamless power delivery, the refinement and the fact that it functions very well as a modern car. There is of course a novelty element involved in why I enjoy it so much, but discounting that it really is a pleasant way to travel, and you can have all the usual luxuries.
Which leads me to the second vehicle that had me thinking about the future, and that was a 1937 Ford Model Y. It cost £100 when new, complete with its 933cc in-line four pot engine, three-speed manual ‘box and top speed of 59mph, and was the cheapest full-size car of its era as well as the first car designed specifically for Europe and the UK. So when I’d had my fill of simply sitting in it and appreciating the smell of 74-year old wood and metal (if you don’t revel in the smell of museum cars you’re just not an enthusiast in my book), I took it for a short and terrifying drive.