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Summary: With the news that only 10 models of the new Aston Martin DB10 will be made, we've decided to take a look at 10 more cars that you’ll be lucky to even get a glimpse of, let alone think about buying.

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Regardless of whether you are a fan of Britain’s most high-profile secret agent or not, the latest James Bond film looks like it will be a massive success at the cinema.

However, it’s not the gadgets, fight scenes, or even the plot that we’re too bothered about. What we’re looking forward to the most is the guarantee of high-octane driving scenes, featuring the kind of super-cars we can only dream about owning. This is especially true with the Aston Martin DB10, which makes its screen debut in Spectre and was announced last December as “the first cast member” in the film.

With only 10 models being made, and Aston Martin firm on the fact that no more will be created, the DB10 is surely set to become one of the world’s rarest cars. With this in mind, we’ve decided to take a look at 10 more cars that you’ll be lucky to even get a glimpse of, let alone think about buying.

  1. Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe

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This beast of a luxury car, which is roughly 20 per cent longer and 25 per cent heavier than a modern-day Rolls-Royce Phantom, was in production from 1927 to 1933. However, only six were ever made and to this day it remains one of the rarest and most expensive cars in the world. In 1987, one example fetched $9.7 million at the Albert Hall in an auction conducted by Christie’s.

  1. Ferrari 250GT Spyder

Ferrari GT Spyder

Once driven by Hollywood actor James Coburn, the Ferrari 250GT Spyder remains an incredibly uncommon car, with just 36 ever rolling off the production line. The Spyder is frequently voted as one of the best looking cars of all time, and in 2008 it became one of the most expensive cars of all time too, going under the hammer for $10.9 million.

  1. Phantom Corsair

Phantom Corsair

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Some have dismissed the Phantom Corsair as a failure for never entering mass production, but with its unique styling and futuristic features, this six-passenger 2-door coupé should be celebrated rather than criticised. The one and only model of the Phantom Corsair was built in 1938 for a figure of $24,000, with an expected sale price of $12,500. That’s around $405,012 and $210,944 in today’s money, although we expect that if the Corsair were released from its display in the National Automobile Museum in Nevada, it’d go for far more.

  1. Oldsmobile F-88

Oldsmobile F-88

Despite the fact many consider this to be the car that changed the style of future vehicles for the new era, only four were ever made. The 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 was a “dream car” based on the Chevrolet Corvette and a surviving model recently went for $3.5 million at auction.

  1. Jaguar XKSS

Jaguar

Faced with the prospect of losing money from a number of partially complete D-Type racing cars, in 1957 Jaguar decided to make some road-going versions to tap into the lucrative American market for high-performance European vehicles. However, after a fire at Jaguar’s Coventry production plant destroyed nine of the 25 completed cars, production ceased. In 2014, the XKSS formed one of the highlights of the James Hull collection, a collection of classic cars that sold for over £100,000,000 collectively.

  1. Porsche 916

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The Porsche 916 was planned to follow on from the success of the 914, with a release date set for 1972. 43 years later, we’re still waiting for the 916 to be released; after 11 prototypes were created, production was halted for unknown reasons. Whilst most models are housed in museums dotted around the world, one of the 11 is out there in the wild.

  1. Talbot Lago Grand Sport T26

Talbot Lago

With its long sweeping lines and an engine that produced 195bhp, the 12 Talbot Lago Grand Sport T26 entered production for two reasons – luxury and speed. The T26 was capable of reaching a max speed of 124mph, which may as well have been light speed for a road vehicle in 1948. However, despite being one of the most powerful vehicles available on the market at the time, only 12 were ever made and sold; perhaps proof that it really is quality, not quantity, that matters.

  1. Ferrari F50 GT

Ferrari F50 GT

 

Based on the Ferrari F50, this snarling angular lined sports car was put into production for the sole reason of competing in the BPR Global GT Series. However, intentions to race against GT1 competitors from McLaren and Porsche were scuppered, when the series folded before it even began. Afterwards, Ferrari had no reason to make any more of the F50 GT, and decided to sell the three F50 GT’s it had produced to members of the public.

  1. Packard Panther

Packard Panther

In 1954, the Panther was produced with the sole intention of showcasing radical ideas in vehicle design and manufacturing to Packard’s potential customers. However, these ideas were perhaps too radical, as only 4 Panthers were ever made, and Packard folded in 1958.

But consumers didn’t exactly share the same opinion, as only four Panthers were ever made in 1954 and Packard folded completely just four years later. Only two remain, one of which sold for $825,000 in 2013.

  1. Aston Martin Bulldog

Aston MArtin BUlldog

 

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What better way to finish off our list than with an Aston Martin. This one-off test bed vehicle managed to achieve a verified top speed of 191 mph in 1979, but It’s vision of the future styling and equipment, which included digital instrumentation and a rear view camera, was clearly too advanced for some. The Bulldog was placed on the market in 1980, selling for £130,000, but is worth thousands (if not millions) more today.

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Title: A Guide to Gett

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Summary: Founded in Israel, taxi app Gett has quietly expanded its operations to around 25 cities up and down the UK, including London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath, Bradford, Nottingham, and Newcastle.

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GettThe way that the taxi industry operates has been shaken up somewhat recently, with new regulations, apps, ridesharing, and even the services that the humble taxi offers to customers undergoing change.

Much of this has been brought on by technology, with many local private hire businesses now having another mode of contact as well as the traditional land-line; the mobile app.

This use of mobile tech hasn’t just allowed existing local businesses to make it easier and more efficient for customers to get in touch, but for new companies to make their way into the UK’s thriving taxi trade. By now you’re surely heard of Uber – if not, just read our earlier blog post on the company – but it turns out that they’re not the only mobile focused newcomers operating on these shores.

Indeed, it’s not just Uber who’ve gained a foothold across a number of UK cities. Founded in Israel, taxi app Gett has quietly expanded its operations to around 25 cities up and down the UK, including London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Bath, Bradford, Nottingham, and Newcastle.

It also might not seem like it, but Gett isn’t exactly the newcomer that many might think it to be either. In fact, the company has operated in the UK for around 4 years now, originally launching in London under the name “Get Taxi”.

Compared to their rivals, Gett operate on slightly different terms. The general premise of the Gett app appears similar to most taxi apps; connect to GPS, view drivers in real time on a map, and book the nearest driver to your location. So far, not much different to what your tech savvy local private hire company has been doing for a while.

However, Gett only allows licensed black cab drivers to register with them. It’s for this reason that Gett has avoided the scrutiny that many rideshare apps have come under by both the media and existing taxi trade. For the Taxi industry – particular black cab drivers – Gett is often seen to be working with the trade, rather than against it. For customers, the impression is that Gett is safer than other apps, even though drivers of rideshare apps in the UK must be licensed in order to operate legally.

Regardless, the introduction of a range of newcomer apps has meant that Gett has had to innovate and offer a wider service in order to try and stay ahead of the competition. This has seen the introduction of Gett Kiosks to select locations in the country, which allow customers to book a taxi without directly using their mobile phone.

Alongside this, Gett have also made moves to expand their core operations. This includes the proposal to offer transportation of a wide set of goods to customers, including food and shopping, in the same way that takeaway and online supermarket delivery drivers do.

If this seems like quite a big step away from being a taxi service, their next suggestion is a giant leap. Alongside Gett Pizza and Gett Groceries, the company has also hinted at partnering with local businesses and trade providers, to bring services like Gett Plumber to customers. Whilst full details of this haven’t yet been disclosed, this would presumably be a service that operates like their current taxi app, but instead of identifying a taxi driver in your area, you’d be identifying a local tradesman. Whether they’d get to you in a taxi is their decision, presumably.

Whilst this might seem far-fetched, when put into consideration it’s not too different to the steps that the taxi industry has made in the past couple of years. A decade ago, tracking your taxi on a portable screen would have been unthinkable, but now it’s an established practice. As we’ve seen previously, change is something that’s perhaps inevitable in industry, and is essential to ensure that the industry in question survives. Apps like Gett are perhaps simply filling a gap in the taxi market that with the rise of technology, would have been filled in anyway.

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Summary: If you’re itching to get back to the heart of driving, and take a trip that’s truly exhilarating, we've put together a list of some of the best roads in the world. However, we’re not expecting you to walk them, so we've accompanied each road with a car that completes the journey.

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As well as getting you from A to B, now and again driving should be an exhilarating experience.

However, it’s not just the car that’s responsible for this experience, but the place you’re driving it. It’s all well and good owning a Ferrari, but if you only ever use it to crawl along on the school run, then it’s probably easy to feel like you’re missing out on something.

If you’re itching to get back to the heart of driving, and take a trip that’s truly exhilarating, we’ve put together a list of some of the best roads in the world. However, we’re not expecting you to walk them, so we’ve accompanied each road with a car that completes the journey.

If you’re up for an adventure, here’s some of the world’s most amazing roads, and what to drive on them.

  1. Trollstigen, Norway

Trollstigen, which translates as Trolls’ Path, is one of the most beautiful mountain roads in the world in terms of its backdrop and scenery. It’s also one of the most adrenaline-inducing roads on the planet, thanks to its seemingly endless number of tight hairpin turns and loads of enormous and smooth straights.

To make this a truly Scandinavian adventure, we could only choose the Volvo XC90. Bold, yet with a calm and collected Nordic understatement, the XC90 is perfect for taking on the Troll’s Path.

  1. The Stelvio Pass, Italy

Stelvio Pass

The Stelvio Pass in Italy gives Trollstigen a run for its money, with an equally rugged backdrop, but surprisingly well maintained tarmac road. At a whopping 15-miles long with an average speed of 28mph, it’ll take you a good 45 minutes to get to the end, or even longer if you slow down and admire the ridiculously beautiful views.

With its large city car reputation, the Fiat Panda might seem an odd fit for the Stelvio Pass. However, with its use by the Italian Army and Forest Services as a climbing car, the Panda is a slightly unusual but ultimately obvious choice.

  1. Highway 1, California

Highway 1

If heights aren’t your thing, drive the Highway 1 in California. This roads runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S state of California and you will take in some stunning ocean views along the way. Running for approximately 656 miles, the first section was opened in the 1930s and various sections have been added since then. In fact, this road wasn’t even called Highway 1 until 1964.

We can’t think of a better way to take in the sights and sounds of the U.S.A than the Ford Mustang. Ostentatious, brash, but surprisingly welcoming, the Mustang is the embodiment of the American dream in automotive form.

  1. The North Pennines, England

North Pennines

This drive from Hexham to Penrith is frequently voted one of the “Greatest Drives in Britain”, and it’s not hard to see why. Much of the route takes place in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, meaning there are plenty of steep climbs, slow descents, and of course, stark but breathtaking views.

For this drive, it’d seem rude to not recommend the Nissan Juke. After all, this capable crossover is manufactured in relatively local Sunderland, just under 50 miles to the east of our start point in Hexham. However, regional pride isn’t the only reason we’ve picked the Juke; big (but not bulky) looks, excellent handling, and all round dependability make it the perfect car for taking on the rugged and changeable North Pennine terrain.

  1. Tianmen Mountain Road, China

Tianmen

If the Guoliang Tunnel looks a thrill, check out the beautiful (and just a little frightening) Tianmen Road in Hunan, China. This road runs through and up the Tianmen Mountain National Park. The highest gradient on this road is 37-degrees, so be sure to select a low gear, and with a whopping 99 bends, be sure to take your driving A-game along too.

With an improved suspension and lighter build to previous models, the Jeep Wrangler is the right match to take on such a driving feat. Not only that, it looks to part too, which in such breathtaking surroundings is perhaps equally as important as performance.

  1. Furka Pass, Switzerland

Furka Pass

This Swiss road is high in the Alps, and like Trollstigen in Norway and The Stelvio Pass in Italy, it offers up some of the most stunning views imaginable. So stunning, in fact, that this road was host to the chase scene in Goldfinger. As a result, millions of Bond mad tourists hitch a ride up this road every year.

Of course, the James Bond connection means there could be only one car to take – the Ford Fiesta. Wait a minute, hear us out. In the film, henchman Oddjob is seen driving a Ford Popular, a name which in its early days the Ford Fiesta was occasionally called, alongside the Escort.

Whilst we’re not a tour operator, we can help you get hold of all the cars we’ve mentioned in this article. Luckily, they’re just as great driving on slightly less thrilling roads of Britain as they are in exotic locations. Whether you’re looking to feel like you’re cruising down a U.S highway, or just want to imagine you’re a bond henchman, Bristol Street Motors have everything you need.

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Summary: These days, your phone is way more than just a phone. It can help you to avoid traffic, get you to your destination on time and find you the cheapest fuel prices. It can even find you a parking space. We've done the hard work for you and come up with a list of the top apps for drivers in 2015

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These days, your phone is way more than just a phone. It can help you to avoid traffic, get you to your destination on time and find you the cheapest fuel prices. It can even find you a parking space.

Of course, you might already know this.

But do you know of the best apps to achieve these feats? Didn’t think so. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and come up with a list of the top apps for drivers in 2015.

  1. Waze (iPhone, Android)

Waze

If you hate traffic (who doesn’t!?) then you’ll love Waze. Waze is a community-based traffic alert and navigation app. It offers real-time traffic data and road information to help motorists save time and ease congestion, and you can add your very own experiences to help other motorists out. Waze combines this class-leading traffic information system with a visually appealing turn-by-turn navigation feature that’s perfect for daily drivers.

  1. CoPilot Premium Europe HD (iPhone, Android)

If you don’t want to fork out for a dedicated sat-nav, then CoPilot Premium Europe HD is the next best thing. CoPilot is a satellite navigation app that works both online and offline – just download maps when you’re connected to Wi-Fi and you don’t have to worry about losing your mobile signal on the move. The app costs £25.99, and for an additional £7.99 you can get traffic alert features. This is a great app that’s highly recommended.

  1. WhatGas Petrol Prices (iPhone, Android)

It’s often a lottery as to who’ll have the cheapest fuel prices on any given day. The Esso down the road might be 2p a litre cheaper than the Shell up the road on Monday, but vice versa on Tuesday. WhatGas Petrol Prices solves this problem by detailing the cheapest fuel prices according to your GPS location. It’s a community-based app that works well (read: no fakery) and it’s free to download and use, and you could save a lot of money on fuel.

  1. JustPark (iPhone, Android)

Going somewhere you’re not familiar with? Download JustPark and avoid the frustration of driving round endlessly to find a parking space. Unlike some similar apps, JustPark isn’t London only – it supports most cities and towns in the UK – and you can choose from over 150,000 spaces in real-time. Some locations will even allow you to pre-book your parking space through the app, a lifesaver if you’re short of time (or just patience). Even better, the app is free to download too.

  1. Appy Parking (iPhone, Android)

Appy Park

Appy Parking is an alternative to JustPark. It’s on-par with the latter in terms of features, but it doesn’t support locations outside of London (at the moment). But if you live in London, this app may be better. It lets you see every Controlled Parking Zone in London and clearly displays available parking spaces, along with any time limits and prices. It also lets you see all available Green Zones and Red Zones. As such, it’s perhaps one of the ideal apps for drivers living in London.

  1. The Highway Code UK (iPhone, Android)

With The Highway Code UK app, you can read and listen to the latest version of the Highway Code. It’s an easy to use app with accurate information and it’s a great way to review your own driving style and the driving style of others. However, it’s perhaps one of the best apps for learner drivers, giving a quick an easy learning resource that can be read on the go (but not behind the wheel!). The app is free but you have to pay £0.99 to access all content. But this is still cheaper than the official Highway Code app (£3.99). Just remember to update the app regularly so you have up to date information.

  1. GloveBox (iPhone, Android)

GloveBox

GloveBox helps you to track your car’s fuel economy and expenses, so you can see exactly how much it’s costing you to run and maintain your car. It boasts support for multiple users per car and partial and full-tank entries, and you can view fuel units in litres, US gallons and imperial gallons – making it ideal for any country. All statistics are stored in the cloud on a GloveBox account, so if you lose your phone you don’t lose your data.

  1. Find My Car (iPhone, Android)

Ever forgotten where you’ve parked your car? If so, we recommend you download the Find My Car app. With this app, you can store the GPS location of your car when you park up and when the time comes to return to your car, you simply open the app and view your position and your car’s position on the map at street level. This makes finding your car a breeze and you’ll have no excuses for losing your car ever again!

  1. MileTracker (iPhone)

If you lease your car, if it is on a PCP, or if you drive a lot for work, then knowing your mileage is handy. If you lease, going over a mileage allowance can mean you’ll incur an extra cost, which is where MileTracker comes in use. This app – which is available only on iPhone at the moment – is an extremely easy to use mileage calculator, also keeping track of fuel and expenses. It uses GPS to log your movement, and as far as we can tell is pretty accurate.

So there we have it, 9 apps for drivers that can make day to day travelling easier. However, what use is a driving app if you’ve got nothing to use it in? If you’re itching to test one of these apps in a new motor, take a look at the new and used cars for sale at Bristol Street Motors.

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Title: What Are The New Taxi Law Proposals?

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Summary: New regulations outlined in leaked documents from Transport for London could directly affect how the taxi and private hire industry operates. We've taken a look at a few of the proposals, to see what they could mean for drivers and customers alike.

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In the past few years, it seems that the taxi and private hire industry as we know it has been in a state of flux, with the sense that once again change is coming to this centuries old industry.

It’s not just technology that’s introducing change, and a number of factors could all potentially alter the way the industry will move in the future. Perhaps one of the most important of these is the recent suggestion of new regulations, rules, and laws that would directly affect how drivers operate. We’ve outlined some of the proposed new taxi regulations below.

Drivers to only work for one operator

In September a number of leaked consultation documents from Transport for London came into the public eye, outlining potential regulations that could be enforced within the city.

Perhaps one of the most striking of these is the suggestion that drivers would only legally be allowed to work for one operator at a time. It’s thought that the reasoning behind this is to crack down on rideshare operators, who have repeatedly come under pressure from black cab and private hire drivers in the city for a number of reasons.

Currently, it’s estimated that a large number of drivers working on behalf of rideshare companies do so only on a part-time basis, with many also working full time for minicab and private hire firms. If the law was to come into place, it would mean that those “moonlighting” for rideshare companies would have to choose between doing so full time, or simply driving for private hire firms.

Whereas this law is at the moment just a proposal that would affect drivers in London, previous consultation documents have outlined a willingness to roll out any initially London based regulations across the country.

Passenger waiting time

Another proposal within the leaked documents stipulates changes to the amount of time that passengers must wait before entering a pre-booked vehicle.

At the time of writing, there is no blanket minimum time that pre-booked vehicles – whether rideshare or minicab – must wait before allowing a passenger to enter. In contrast, the proposals suggest an introduction of a minimum 5 minute waiting time for pre-booked vehicles.

As the average waiting time for an Uber vehicle is around 3 minutes, this proposed regulation has been viewed as a direct action to restrict how rideshare firms operate. However, if introduced the regulations would affect any pre-booked vehicle, meaning that minicab and private hire firms would also feel the impact. Some also fear that customers forced to endure artificial pre-booking times could be placed at risk or in vulnerable situations when waiting for a vehicle to arrive.

Mandatory fare estimates

A further suggestion states that private hire operators would need to be able to provide a fixed and accurate fare estimate to potential passengers.

Whilst providing this is something that many firms are already happy to do, the proposals suggest that this estimate must be accurate, not simply a ballpark figure, and must be provided upfront when booking a vehicle. As such, this proposal has again been seen as primarily targeting taxi firms who operate through apps, where the nature of the app means that a fare estimate might not be a possibility. Whereas some of the newer rideshare apps do have a facility to check a fare before booking a ride, this is optional, and the figure isn’t a fixed number.

Subcontracting within private hire firms

Last year, a vote in the House of Commons approved a proposed “Deregulation Bill”, designed to lower the level of bureaucracy across a number of industries, including the private hire industry.

After much discussion and scrutiny, a number of proposals within the bill were eventually dropped, including allowing private hire drivers to let family or friends use their taxi when of duty. However, the bill did result in two significant changes that affect how operators and drivers work. One of these is that private hire operators can now subcontract work out to other firms, which can be located anywhere in the country.

This means that a customer ordering a taxi from one firm may receive a driver and vehicle from another firm. It’s argued that some customers may feel that if firm they are familiar with starts to use drivers from firms they are less aware of, a level of trust may be lost. However, others argue that the measures are simply a way to reduce red tape within the industry, and that the ability to subcontract will allow private hire companies to offer a more consistent and efficient service.

Although the majority of these proposals are London based, there is a history of new regulations being trialled in the capital and then rolled out across the country. It’s also unlikely that any new laws will be introduced quickly or without proper consideration, so whether you’re a minicab driver, the owner of a private hire firm, someone who gets a bit of extra cash from rideshare apps or a frequent taxi customer, don’t expect any huge changes any time soon.

Author: Tom