The Fiat Panda 4x4. What a machine. Ours was built in 1986, has a 999cc engine and is painted to look like the Welsh National Party's mascot. Designed by the automotive heros Fiat in the 70's as a city car that would appeal to olive growing, sheep carrying Italian farmers, the little car has many followers. Not least the British car safety regulators who banned the original rear set arangement as it was only really safe if the passengers were four legged, wooly coated, ovines.

Being incredibly simple, its easy to locate the source of any problems the car has. This also means that the problems are usually easy to fix too. Which is handy. Cos we're pretty simple.

And, seeing as its so small every part costs proportionally less too! We bought the car for £80. Ok so it didn't have tax or an MOT and it had a sliping clutch and the brakes were shot, and the chassis was rotting...

Where to find such an obvious overlanding choice? Ebay of course. Some fruitless searching eventually led us to the 'Dragon', residing in a field in Aberystwyth this little gem hadn't moved for 6 months. Hence £80. We brought it back to Sheffield where it was booked in for an MOT (so was legally allowed to drive on the public roads...) The smell of burning clutch almost made Pete pass out on the journey home and the reason why the sunroof had originally been glued shut was found as the Welsh weather poured in.

Car upgrades...