Either I’m losing my touch, or there’s a dearth of attractive project cars out there for me to nail AROnline‘s colours to. Since coming back to the site, I’ve been vaguely looking for a new car to take on the mantle of my project – and here we are, two months in, and I may be in the middle of my longest period without a new car acquisition in years…
In fact, I think the last time I bought a ‘new’ car suitable for these hallowed pages was back in June 2014, when I picked up a lovely Vauxhall Cavalier MkIII (above). That car cost me £600, which seemed high at the time, but after servicing this amazingly rust-free example, and taking it over to Germany and Belgium, I ended up with a real regard for the old hector – and, although I sold it for a profit, I rather wish I hadn’t let it go. Perhaps I need another.
Mike Humble has his MINTego, sorry, Montego 1.6LX project, which looks fantastic, and I rather fancy some of that, too. Cars on my shopping list are – aside from Cavalier MkII and MkIIIs – Rover 75/MG ZTs, Rover 800s, Range Rover P38s, and perhaps a British-built Ford (although those options are thinning out by the day). In my defence, I’ve been busy with my day job, working on Classic Car Weekly as well as launching a new magazine, Modern Classics. But really there should always be enough time for car capers.
There’s a KV6 Rover Sterling (above) for sale at my local bombsite for £299 – it’s probably a wreck, and the seller thought it was powered by a Honda engine (if only), so there’s probably little hope for it. But it could be a laugh, assuming it still has four gears and six cylinders, but then again, I’ve had more Rover 800s than I could throw a stick at. To have another wouldn’t exactly be new ground. The same is probably true for 75/ZTs, too – even though I’d love another one,
Last weekend, I helped Richard pick up his new Honda, and I’m straight back into the mindset to get my own genuine piece of Autoshite – so, if you have a project car you don’t want, or know someone else who does, do get in touch. Equally, if you see anything on your travels, or spot anything cool in the classifieds, or online, do please give me a shout. If it’s Range Rover shaped, and in (modest) budget, I’ll be a very happy man indeed!
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.