Just 70 words, that’s all they wanted. The editor has asked that I advise you, dear reader, how to spend £50,000 on a car to drive along a favourite road. In 70 short, easily digested words.

It should be so easy, shouldn’t it? It’s a simple brief that demands a simple answer. So, obviously, I’ve spent four days solid thinking about it. 

That’s because the brief wasn’t just limited to new cars. If it was, I’d have written ‘buy a Porsche Cayman’ and that would have been the end of things. But no, because crucially, the brief also allowed any used car within budget. 

Popping used cars into the equation opens up almost as many possibilities as I’ve opened browser windows while conducting what is, I think you’ll agree, this vitally important research. Certainly it’s comprehensive research. Government policy has been founded on less thorough investigation than this.

The problem, if you’d like to call it that, is that £50,000 buys an extraordinarily broad array of cars. If your favourite road happens to be one that spans the US (and there’s no reason why not), the ideal motor might be a muscle car like a 1970 Dodge Challenger. A tidy Challenger is easily available 
for £50,000. For that money, you could even buy one in the States and ship it home at the end of the road trip of your life.