Round-the-world trip in 1956 car

Forget fancy 4x4s or state-of-the-art six-seaters - when it comes to road trips, it seems the 1956 Bristol 405 Drophead Coupe is the best.

The Drophead Coupe, of which only 42 were made, took Geoffrey Herdman and his wife, Hilary, to North America, Canada and Australia - and only needed £80 worth of repairs!

Described by Herdman as a 'wrinkly gap year', the couple set off on a 16-month round-the world-tour.

The adventurous couple climbed 10,000 feet on several occasions, battling awful, un-tarmacked roads at times.

Comprehensive car insurance was vital for these globetrotters, who were able to explore safe in the knowledge that they were covered.

The Herdman's incredible journey involved driving up the east coast of North America to Halifax before crossing Canada and then heading south down the west coast.

After a couple of months in South America, they headed across to Australia before the car was shipped back via Turkey for the drive home.

"Central America was perhaps the most exciting part of the trip," Mr Herdman said.

"There were no signposts or GPS coverage. "

"The first night in Guatemala, having taken three hours to cross the frontier, we climbed for an hour in first gear on precipitous narrow roads.

"Long after dark we gave up trying to reach Lake Atitlan and stayed in a roadside hotel at 8,000 feet, it was bitterly cold and we were clearly the first guests to stay in a very long time."

He said of the car, in which the couple covered more than 33,000 miles: "The evidence speaks for itself - the Bristol 405 Drophead is the ideal touring car".

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