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#1 Chas is back!

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 07:27

OK, It will be more like 2 years!

 

Seeing as our resident Yank collector appears to have forgotten what he's bought I figure it was time to show my handy.

 

Many will know that I purchased my E46 M3 back in 2016.

 

[url=https://flic.kr/p/JozvAZ][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/JozvAZ]Yorkshire Trip (6 of 40)[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/154663652@N04/]Charlieboy[/url], on Flickr

 

What not many of you will be aware is that I acquired a car that the hairdressers long forgot about, yet simultaneously scratched an itch I'd have to own this type of car. That was none other than my 1991 Mazda MX-5 1.6i. With a revving 115BHP engine and alot of work it was a right hoot to drive about!

 

[url=https://flic.kr/p/25C916h][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/25C916h]MX-5 Side[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/154663652@N04/]Charlieboy[/url], on Flickr

 

[url=https://flic.kr/p/25C915W][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/25C915W]MX-5 Side Rear[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/154663652@N04/]Charlieboy[/url], on Flickr

 

[url=https://flic.kr/p/25C91aL][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/25C91aL]MX-5 Engine[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/154663652@N04/]Charlieboy[/url], on Flickr

 

It had all of the right ingredients for a driver's car. It also had the right ingredients for a good car! It was on new sills, wings, Gaz coilovers all round, rebushed and with new brakes and a very loud MX-5 Parts exhaust system! If it was that good why did I sell it? Simple. With that great a chassis it was inevitable that I'd add a little bracing here and there, and then debate doing a Turbo conversion, and a Mohair roof; It was a bloody pain for me to keep unzipping that window when most don't but I also don't like bills. When I forsaw it becoming a £3k project I bailed out. The new owner seems to love it mind you!

 

But until last year it wouldn't be the only Japanese car I'd own. I'd own something slightly rarer than an MX-5, or even a Skyline!


Edited by Chas is back!, 01 May 2018 - 07:29.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:56

I ended up going to an auction and then coming away with this!

 

I ended up registering it, making it run properly and also making it drive straight! It was a great thing to drive about in! Except its pace! I wanted more and I suspected the carb wanted a full rebuild. Not great when spares are non-existant for these. Thoughts of putting in a 4AGE entered my head too; when did they become so expensive? That's now going to a great bloke not far from here.

For a few more months the M3 become my sole method of transport until we hit deepest darkest November. Beer was involved as well as me moaning about the M3 being a moneypit. I was all ready to sell the M3 until I bought this.



The C350E? No, I'm too tight for that, but it would probably make more sense than the M3! I ended up buying a Morrocan Taxi. Or to be more specific a 1991 Mercedes W124 250D Manual. No, I didn't know Mercedes did a 5 banger back then or that there were manual options available in the W124!  It's a little tatty, but it's solid and actually drives nicely. And unfortunately I seem to like it more than I bargained for!

What's in store next? The M3 is having an easier time these days and the Mercedes is going this in a few weeks time. Is it roadworthy at the moment? Well, it has an MOT...

 

The worst part? I've been offered cash for the Merc a couple of times and have turned down a number of cheap cars lately, one of which is an X300 XJR! I must be going soft in the head.


Money will not make you happy, but at least you will be miserable in comfort. 

 

 

 

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