Well, it’s almost 2013, and it’s good to report that, by and large, I’ve stuck to my New Year’s resolution not to buy a silly amount of cars. In 2012, my purchasing was limited to a rather sad and abused Rover 75 (which we licked into shape – largely), and a Lancia Delta Integrale to replace my old Polish-restored Rover SD1. And, er, that’s been about it. Compared with recent years, where I changed cars more often than my shoes (and that’s a lot), that’s been a fabulous performance.
My latest purchase, a very reliable LHD Citroen Xantia should be replaced in January for something a little more characterful (read unreliable), and I’m now thinking of something fun to put on my drive in the first few weeks of January. The Citroen’s been one of the best cars I’ve ever owned, and currently is being smoked around in by Mike Humble, so why change it? Why not, I say.
So, what I am looking for – something with a bit of MoT, which should provide plenty entertainment in my garage. It also needs to come in under my usual Bangernomics budget of £500. That doesn’t sound a great deal of money to play with, but the bottom of the car market is jam packed with fast, roomy, ugly, handsome and never boring metal. I’ve no idea what I want, so I’m throwing this one open to you guys for suggestions. I’m thinking perhaps something I’ve never owned before. And over the years, some of my best driving adventures have been at the wheel of sub-£500 cars – Europe in an 800 Coupe, track days in a Citroen BX 16V. Let’s have some great moments like that again…
So give me your best ideas, and hopefully we’ll get me into some interesting wheels in 2013!