New car time! no# 4 has arrived.
I was in need of a classic runaround, firstly so i can take the Diplomat off the road and sort the engine problem/arches/front arms - generally sort out lots of bits, maybe try and save it for a bit longer, secondly to keep the miles and daily damage down to a minimum on the Monaro, but! it had to be over 20 years old for my rather complicated Multi classic car policy, or that would have had to have ended and insurance would have got complicated and very expensive.
So been looking for a pre 92 astra/nova/cav etc, really wanted an auto for commuting as I have never owned one, thought it would good fun, so after a bit of hunting about looking into different options, some even non-Vauxhall (tut tut), I bought this today -
Pre-facelift Mexico red 1.6L auto hatch, J plate 91 so piece of p1ss for me to insure.
20 dealer stamps right through its life, last one just done,
std with electric windows at this age,
central locking that I wasnt expecting,
demo car at my local dealer, then a local couple for 9 months, then another local couple till now,
with a wipe down and a clean of the windows the interior will be best described as superb, not really any wear anywhere.
no cat to worry about,
tiny 165/80 13's
new tiny! battery,
though it needs a thermostat clearly,
fairly sh1tte brakes, a feature of the model I fear,
everything works as it should bar the heater controls and boot bulb as usual.
bodywork is really great, just a tidy on the rear arches to do, polish all over, a few touch ins with a paint stick, bit of waxoyl and run it to work for hopefully many winters.
Hoping to share commuting duties in this and with the Dippy - half and half tax disc wise in the year, keeping the Monaro for when the weathers nice and the salt/grit aint down.
So, just what I've always wanted and more to the point, just what I needed at the right time and only 20 miles away, some timely poverty spec soft wallowyness, with lazytronic pedals.
I'm sure this is going to be the start of some great times. a standard car for once!
Do have 4 sets of 14's and some GSI slabs that need using. that might be the extent of any modifications, so I can concentrate on the Diplomat and my other garage queen.
more soon when we have minced and taken shiny pics.