A roadster full of memories and love for Robert Jennings
AN OLD car can conjure memories of happiness, first times and heartache but, for Robert Jennings, the memory of his wife is too much to bear.
Mr Jennings and his wife of 58 years, Harmina, had planned to fix up an old MGB 1974 Roadster, retire and take to the Australian countryside for the trip of a lifetime. Four weeks before they planned to leave, Harmina fell ill.
"I had the same car before I got married and then my wife got pregnant so the car was no good," Mr Jennings said.
"But I vowed whenever I got the chance I would replace it along the line.
"My wife came up with the idea that why don't we get one, work on it and when we retire we'll go and do the great Australian tour but it never happened."
Harmina died in October and Mr Jennings said selling the classic vehicle was hard but something he needed to do in order to get on with life.
The couple purchased the Roadster 11 years ago and it took five years to get the car to its original state.
Mr Jennings said it had only clocked up 43,000km since its revamp and he had many fond memories taking the car out with Harmina on weekends.
"We used to go all over the place, up to the coast and everywhere with the top down," he said.
"We just loved the fact it was a sports car and going out with the wife every weekend and just touring around is my greatest memory."
All the mechanics and upholstery in the car have been replaced and the car has been repainted and rechromed and has a new hood.
Mr Jennings said there were a couple of things that needed work, but the car was in good condition.
"It's great to drive and it's beautiful on the road - you feel good when you're driving it," he said.
Mr Jennings' dream now is to embark on the trip he never got to accomplish with his wife.
"I've got my 4WD and I'm going to go on a trip around Australia with my dog Sandy," he said.
"I do have trouble letting go of the car but I can't keep it - it's as simple as that."
Mr Jennings is selling the two-seater convertible for $16,000.