This post is just to give you a quick update on the classic car I am working on. It’s not a true “classic” in the same vein as a MGB or Spitfire but it’s what I would call a potential future classic.

VW Golf GTiThe car in question is a VW Golf GTi mark 2. Yep, it’s a 1991 model so it’s only 23 years old but I still consider it to be a classic – I certainly have not seen too many over the last few years. The model I have is a red “big bumper” model. I wanted an unmodified version with the 15” BBS alloys and after much searching a managed to find one about 120 miles away from home.

The car has done just over 120,000 miles but is in good general overall condition. Bodywork wise, there is some rust on both rear wheel arches around the plastic arches but this can be easily fixed. The tailgate is looking pretty bad though, around the wiring grommets, and I’m thinking that this will require a new tailgate.

The interior is not bad to be honest. It has the standard cloth interior (the leather and Recaro options are very difficult to locate). The driver’s seat bolster is warm through but that a typical problem on Golf GTis. I have not decided on the best way to fix this yet and I might even go for a complete re-upholster.

I have yet to start working on the car as I’ve been getting my garage ready. This has involved clearing out all the junk and getting ridding of the damp. If anybody else has a problem with damp in their garage or workshop then the best dehumidifier for damp that I found was the Ecoair model. Have a look on Best Dehumidifier Guide for a model that will suit your space and budget.

Lots of work to do over the next few weeks so I will keep you posted on the progress!

Classic car ownership need not cost you a fortune. You can get into classic car ownership (relatively) cheaply if you purchase a cheap car in the first place and if that car has a ready supply of cheap spare parts and repair network.

Our favourite affordable classics are:

 

1.     MG MGB Roadster

MG MGB RoadsterYour should consider the MGB Roadster as you first classic car as ownership is very easy due to the availability of parts in the UK, its ease of repair and maintenance and low running costs. Downsides are that the handling is not great in standard form but this can easily be rectified with the purchase of a suspension or handling kit. In our opinion the earlier chrome bumper versions look better than the plastic bumper models.

2.     Morris Minor

A loveable classic, mainly due to its old world charm, rather than its speed or looks. This was a very popular British family car from the 1950s and 1960s and there are still plenty about.

There are three bodystyle available including saloon, Traveller estate and a convertible. Morris Minor commercials vehicles (vans & pick-ups) were also produced. Parts are readily available due to the number of aftermarket parts retailers in the UK. The Morris Minor engine is also the same A-series model found in the Mini and therefore servicing is very easy.

Expect to pay between £5,000 and £7,500 for the Morris Minor saloon.

3.     Triumph Spitfire

Triumph Spitfire 1500The Triumph Spitfire is a good looking alternative the MG MGB. Five Spitfire models were produced between 1962 and 1980 but the Mk IV (1970-1974) is the best looking.

Later models (1974-1981) had a 1500c engine and this is more suitable for everyday use. The 1500c models are also better handling cars.

4.     BMW 2002 TII

The BMW 2002Tii (1972-1974) comes from a time when BMW were struggling financially and the 1500 series sedans were intended to rescue the company.

Power comes from a 2.0 8v engine that produced 130bhp (excellent for that age of car) and o-60 could be reached in 9.8 seconds!

5.     Ford Cortina Mk3

The Mk3 version of the Ford Cortina was produced between 1970 and 1976 and in total over 1.1 million Mk3s were produced. Several engines were available including 1.3, 1.6 and 2.0 OHC versions.

Cortina Mk3 are particularly prone to rust which means they are very few vehicles on the road, this and their iconic status has meant prices have increased over recent years.