Blog: My new car(s)

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WELL it’s silly season again, and therefore, it is time to get some silly cars back into my garage.

As you can see, my Citroen addiction is still yet to be slaked, and as a result, yet another BX 16 Valve has made it into austin-rover.co.uk Towers. This one is rather nice, because although the mileage is pretty high (c. 100,000), it has also been lovingly looked after, so hopefully, I won’t get into the realms of changing heads and engines in order to keep this one on the road…

We all know the BX 16V is a bit of an oddity – too large to fit comfortably into the Golf GTi set, but not big enough to slug it out with the Cavalier GSi, so buyers were limited. Either way, it means resale values are low, and if you look hard enough, you can pick up a clean one for little money. Well, that’s what I thought when I started looking for another one earlier this year.

It seems the Peugeot 205 set have taken the car (or its all alloy engine) to their hearts, and as a result, these BXes have been disappearing off he road quickly indeed. I am sure all MG Metro enthusiasts know all about that! Anyway, I’ll see how the BX goes – but one thing is fore sure, it may be quick and handle beautifully, it feels so flimsy inside, your average Maestro owner would probably end up moaning about sub-standard build quality.

Bargain of the year? New Mi16 cheap enough to take us on Staples2Naples if need be…

There’s also this – a nice 405 Mi16. Essentially the same car as the BX 16V, except with less challenging styling and no hydraulics. Not sure if I’ll be keeping it, but one thing’s for sure, if I end up breaking it for its engine, it’ll be sweet revenge for all those Citroens sacrificed to re-engine Peugeots. This will be a case of sacrificing a Pug for the greater Citroen good…

I wonder in years to come whether there will be any souped-up Minis being scrapped to feed MG Metros? In a way I hope so, if only to preserve the natural order of things.

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Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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