Some of the most wonderful cars ever created
Hi there! My name's Peter Warren and I have a passion for unusual cars including vintage ones. I'm currently trying to do up an old damask red Mini from 1971 that's not too out of the ordinary, but you must agree that it has a style that today's cars just don't have.
My interest in unusual cars started when I was a kid collecting Matchbox models. I'd sometimes get one a week as a treat if I'd behaved myself. Anyway, the first car to make a big impact on me was the Lotus Esprit S1 that featured in the James Bond classic, The Spy Who Loved Me, that came out in 1977. At just eleven years old, I wasn't bothered about the film, but the car was simply amazing. I was lucky enough to get a toy version that Christmas. It was pale silver-grey with fins that slid out to enable it to drive underwater like a submarine.
By the middle of the eighties I'd embarked on an engineering apprenticeship, but in my spare time I loved watching the American TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard. Although cousin Daisy was undoubtedly the most attractive part of the programme, I have to admit it was the old 1969 Dodge Charger, known affectionately to all as General Lee, that really caught my attention. It was like one of those indestructible vehicles from the stock car races.
I didn't learn to drive until I was almost twenty and managed, with my Dad's help, to buy a second or third-hand Austin Maxi. That was when the film Back to the Future was doing the rounds and featured one of the most amazing cars of the early eighties, the DeLorean. Sadly, its gull wing doors that lifted up never caught on. Back then it was my ambition to one day create a car that could make a similar impact. However, in the nineties, I had to shelve my plans as marriage, mortgages and an adorable trio of kids appeared.
Now my kids have grown up and can fend for themselves and my other half is busy with her yoga, I've got time to spare for my favourite hobby of cars. I still admire vintage models like the Sunbeam Alpine Series II that's driven by James Bond in the Dr. No classic of 1962. Apart from renovating the Mini, I've set up this website to catalogue some of the unusual cars I hope you'll find impressive.
If you fancy a chat you can contact me (Peter Warren) at Beech Hill Rd, Sutton Coldfield B72 1DU or email me: pawarren at legendarycars.co.uk. Just change the 'at' for '@' (those pesky mailbots should all be decapitated!!)