Well, my Alfa 156 is just a joy. I banger raced an old Mini years ago too and that was huge fun.
As for the best I’ve ever driven though, that would have to go to a Land Rover Series II Lightweight – with a whacking great V8 under the bonnet. My best mates Dad used to own one (well, he still does, but he got halfway through restoring it and then gave up) and I’d go round there quite a bit so I could drive it round the fields. We’d leave the hubs disengaged so it’d be rear wheel drive only and spend ages just sliding around on a short oval course we constructed around some telegraph poles. And, with a gear change akin to stirring a pot of coal with a drinking straw, it was just epic fun. I’ve had quite a lot of experience with Land Rovers and they’re all brilliant. Off roading in general is just massively fun.
I’ve also had a go in a front loading dumper with hydraulic central steering, which was fun, and an old Ford 5000 tractor – which understeered massively unless you used the skid steering system.
Yes, I grew up in Cornwall and spent a bit of time on farms ;)