Wednesday, 22 June 2011

AutoTweetUP, a thank you!

So, the other week the delightful Clare Carney, PR lady and beer-giver from Autotrader.co.uk sent us an e-mail asking us to come to 'that' London, rock up to the swanky Hospital Club, drink free beer and eat free food all while chatting with other online bloggers. We said yes, obviously. We caught up with MajorGav, Carliterature, CamermanPhil, TheTimHutton and many more. Putting names to faces and all that, kind of. We have no idea what their real names are, we only know their spurious Twitter names. Maybe they don't have real names? Maybe those are their real names, who knows? Anyway, we digress...



It was the first #AutoTweetUP event, er, ever. The goal of the Autotrader folk was to gather up a load of their favourite bloggers and car people and give them a night out, while obviously getting some of their promotional clobber across. There's always a bloody catch!


OH. MY. GOD. Tiny burgers! It's like we're giants...om nom nom...


Oh yeah, right, promotional stuff.

Basically there's a new TV ad for their 'new car' section, but that's of little consequence to us - we've only got £2000 to spend. What is good however, is their new iPad app. No, stay with us, we've not sold out, it really is good. Loads of cars, zoomy pictures, easy to search, it just 'works' and that's nice. It's a joy to have a simple interface rather than something overly complicated - something we've noticed on a lot of sites while we've been scouring the net for sub £2000 bargains.


This picture was taken on an iPhone. Can you tell? No? Thought not, ahem


Anyway, that's enough of all this promotional nonsense. That's not normally what we do. That said, we had to post something. They did give us free beer and tiny burgers (we have had about 18 mini burgers though, sorry).

So, in conclusion, if you've got an iPad you should get the Autotrader app. If you have a TV you'll probably see the new ad soon, and if you've always been curious about small food but not brave enough to try it, do! It's tiny and tasty!

Search Twitter for #AutoTweetUP for more info. See you there next year?

GUEST BLOG! The Seat Leon Cupra 20V T...

We were being wined and dined by the good people of AutoTrader last night, eating small burgers and truffles while drinking free beer (more on that later) so we couldn't be bothered to do any work. As such, we've drafted Mr. Bevis back into the N2G fold, forcing him to wax lyrical about a motor of his choosing. He even bought us a hoody as thanks...



...aw, bless. Anyway, stop trying to win us over Bevis. You're our chief word-monkey, so crack on and earn your breadcrumbs! GO!

The Seat Leon Cupra 20V T

Blasting around in cheap, quick, disposable motors is something every young petrolhead loves to do. But for some, a day comes when it’s necessary to consider something a little more sensible; something with a dash stuffed with pillowy airbags and a nannying ECU to keep you safe. Something that will definitely start on cold mornings, that won’t be too crashy and jarring if you need to take your grandma to the shops, and that will safely accommodate the young family you may find yourself spawning. This is the time of life when you buy a Golf.

...except that you don’t. Because this isn’t a niche phenomenon; it happens to loads of people, and for that reason, though the market may be flooded with Golfs, they hold their value because they’re the default option for the grown-up boy racer who’s forced to buy something his wife/insurance company approve of. So you can get a decent mkIV pretty easily, but it won’t come cheap. And cheap is what N£2G is all about. So where are we going with this...?

Well, researching which Golf to buy will quickly tell you a number of things; firstly, that you need a GTI. There’s no point going for a lesser model as the dinky engine won’t bring you any joy (your petrolhead itch still needs to be scratched, after all), and the stingey spec may make you sad. But you don’t want the 2.0 GTI – with a mere 115bhp, you might as well be walking. You really need to be going for the GTI Turbo – forced induction is awesome, obviously – but then, you’re still only getting 150bhp. That’ll be fun, but... well, the red-badge 2.3 V5 would give you 170bhp and be better equipped. There is a later GTI Turbo with 180bhp, but that’s well out of budget. And the V6 4Motion is just pie in the sky. Oh, it’s a minefield!


Why hello. Yes, I am better looking than a Golf, thanks



My backside, LOOK AT IT!


It isn’t, really. The obvious answer is this: you don’t want a Golf. You want a Seat Leon Cupra 20V Turbo.

Underneath the skin, it is a Golf. That’s a fact. So you’ve covered off your reliability/safety/sensibleness checklist right there. But the fun part, for the times when you’re allowed out sans famille, resides beneath the bonnet. That, my friends, is basically the same engine as you’d find in the Golf GTI Turbo. But you don’t have to make do with 150bhp. You see, said engine can also be found in the Audi TT, with a 20v head and a muscular 180bhp. And the Leon Cupra’s engine is *exactly* the same spec as the TT’s. Pretty cool, huh? (And check out the racing provenance.)


Witchcraft and magic happen in here, resulting in 180bhp. Nice


So, you get a Spanish Golf GTI with an Audi TT engine for much, much less money than even a ropey Golf. Avoid the garish yellows and choose a navy blue or burgundy example and you’ve got a proper sleeper – safe for the kids, reliable as the day is long... and with a whistly-snail that’ll keep your inner hooligan happy. Who says we don’t offer strong consumer advice?



Okay, that's all well and good. Bevis, but we're not convinced. That's a lot of car for not a lot of money. Hang on a sec...



Good lord, we stand corrected! A 2003 180bhp car for sub £2k? That. Is. Mega. Tonight Bevis, TONIGHT, you're going to get a FULL biscuit, and maybe a Fruit Shoot too. Fine work!

Monday, 20 June 2011

The MG ZT-T...

Think of an MG and you might find yourself thinking of someone like this...


Hey, look at me, I drive an MG. LOOK AT MY JAUNTY POSE!


...hmm, yes, quite. Think about all things 'Rover' and your mind's eye won't offer much in the way of a healthy vision there, either. Er...


This is just how they delivered them, it saved time


So, an amalgamation of the two brands could only possibly serve to create some kind of bastard lovechild that'd be about as popular as Hard House Anthems in an old people's home, right? WRONG! It meant this handsome sucker...



Well hello there, good lookin'


Ahh, the MG ZT, or in the interests of this update, the ZT-T. That's 'estate' to you and me. We're all about the 'junk in the trunk' here, we simply like large rear ends and we cannot say otherwise, you other chaps can't deny that when a car drives in with a...no, we're bored of trying to do something clever with Sir Mixalot lyrics. MOVING ON!

It was one of the few cars that MG got right (using 'right' in the loosest possible sense) before MG/Rover's sudden demise in 2005. Despite the reputation of the brand they were a pretty good car, mainly because by 2001, some three years after the launch of the pipe-and-slippers Rover 75 equivalent, a few of the bugs had been ironed out. Just a few mind, not all of them. Far far from all of them actually, but never mind.

Out of patriotism and with a stiff upper lip, the British motoring press gave the car a warm welcome, though it wasn't undeserving. It was a good car; handsome, spacious, comfy, quick (if you ticked the right box on the order form) and for its size it wasn't too bad on the twisty stuff either. Plus, it somehow managed to hugely distance itself from its Rover sibling despite using the same bodyshell thanks to vents, spoilers and er, more vents! Oh, and some bright colours...like yellow. All that might have had something to do with the fact that Peter Stevens penned the styling tweaks, which is good. Who, you say? He designed the McLaren F1, 'nuff said.



When it came down to power there were several options. There was the 1.8 petrol (or 120 in relation to the bhp) which was about as sporty as a fat man with a heart condition at a triathlon. Then there was the 2.5 V6 (or 160) as well as a 190bhp V6. Oh, and there was a diesel too, but why would you buy a diesel sports-tourer? That's like putting rugby boots on a ballerina.

The best engine however, was the 1.8 turbocharged petrol which, confusingly, was also called the 160 as it superseded the initial 2.5 V6 160..er, what? It produced less torque than the V6 (159lbft opposed to the V6's 170lbft) yet still managed to be quicker to 60mph, taking just 8.5seconds - not bad for a big'un! Oh, and there was the 260 which had a 260bhp 4.6l Mustang V8 bolted to a rear-drive floorpan engineered by Prodrive. No, really...


This is NOT a photoshop, nor is it on fire. The rear wheels really are spinning. SHOCKING!


..stop dreaming about V8s though, you can't afford one...yet.

Inside the ZT you'll find bucket seats, leather, all the toys a grown man could wish for and a lot of comfort - it's a really nice place to be. Some might criticise the seemingly weak visibility, but you needn't worry about it. It's not that bad once you've spent some time in there, in fact it just adds to making the cabin feel safe and enclosed.


This is where your bottom goes


Nice car all in all, eh? That's the thing though, while it is a great car it's impressive nature has been hugely overshadowed by the demise of the company that spawned it. The notion of an entire factory shutting down in a single day, leaving assembly lines full of part-built cars to rot while instantly forcing hundreds of people out of work with a notice period measurable by hours hardly leads you to the conclusion of the car being well built, does it? Soon after the closure of the factory the dealer network collapsed too, leaving Rover and MG owners in the lurch. That wouldn't have been too much of a bad thing if the cars were issue-free, but they weren't, not by a longshot. Head gasket failure plagued the 75 and the ZT, specifically in the case of the 1.8 K-series engined cars, though the V6s weren't much better. And with no company to back up the warranty a lot of ZTs ended up, well...


One owner, never raced or rallied, full service history. Arf!


...because it was just too expensive to repair them, £3500 for a new engine in most cases. We know this first hand as the N2G head-honcho worked in a Rover garage during the time when they went bump - bad times. As for the cars that survived, they ended up here for not a lot of money, despite having normally been treated to thousands of pounds-worth of repairs...



...and that's just fine with us! Yes, the MG ZT-T has a history littered with failure and misfortune, but that wasn't the car's fault. Plus, it's British which means it has to have a story fraught with plight and desperation. That's why people liked the car and rightly so, it was (and still is) a great family hauler. We might say this about every car we feature, but with the ZT-T we really would buy one. It looks great, goes like stink (if it's the 1.8t) and above all it's more than enough car for anyone. The cars out there today are great, they've survived the hard times so they should be bought and driven. It's also worth noting that while MG/Rover may be dead there's no shortage of parts out there so maintenance isn't an issue either, any decent motor-factors will be able to supply all the kit you'll need to keep motoring. It's a win/win.

Still not convinced? Well, what if we told you the MG ZT-T still holds the record for being the fastest (non-production) estate...in the world. Yes, really.



225mph, right there.

You'll find a link to AutoTrader here.

The Proton Gen 2...

Er...



..yeah. You can buy a FIVE YEAR OLD Proton Gen 2 for under £2000.

Anyway, moving on...

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

The Toyota LandCruiser...

So, voices were raised, toys were thrown from prams and hissy fits were had by all in the N£2G office this afternoon. Why? That would be because we were trying to decide what the biggest, baddest, most ground-grippingly impressive 4x4 is. It's a wide debate open to many suggestions and much speculation - one person suggested the Vauxhall Frontera. Once we'd got through administering disciplinary action via the medium of Chinese burns and wedgies the debate picked up some serious momentum. Any mention of a Vauxhall was to be met with a slap.

After much more debate, and the unceremonious surprise dismissal of the Range Rover due to its modern-day 'blingy' image, we found ourselves left with two serious contenders. One was the Hummer, the other was the Toyota LandCruiser. You can already see where this is going, can't you?



Yes, the Hummer might have its 'military credentials' but let's face it, that's just a load of bollocks the ad men use to sell the bloated, underachieving fat lumps of oversized tin to yuppies, and rappers. Don't get us wrong, the original 'Arnie Get To De Choppa!' Hummer was (and still is) a monster, but the modern ones have let the side down by being, well, useless. See...


Is this picture overly gratuitous? Have you even seen the Hummer? Probably best to not look at it actually...


Yes, when it comes to 4x4s the LandCruiser is king among its rivals, top of the mountain, tamer of the transfer box, controller of the steep downward gradient, lord of the low ratio 'box, master of the mud, and hot-diggity does it have the credentials to back it up, or to be more precise one very large credential: Australia. This is because the LandCruiser is famed for being Outback-proof. That's like having a Nan who's QVC-proof - it's really quite incredible.


Look at this fella, happy as a clam. Some fool caught Outback-death in that Trans-Am and burst into flames. LandCruiser man doesn't care though - he KNOWS he's getting home for a 'roo burger tonight


It was an unstoppable force when it arrived in 1951, with development tasks including driving one to the sixth stage of Mount Fuji, as you do. The bods form Toyota were taking this seriously - they had Jeep and Land Rover in their crosshairs and they were going for the kill. The bare bones actually came about during the Korean War when the Japanese government suggested that Toyota build something to rival the Jeep of the U.S.A, rather than building Jeep under license. A decade of military service saw the LandCruiser become one of the most respected and valued 'tools' at the Japanese Army's disposal. In 1960 the name 'LandCruiser' was applied and the car began to hit the retail market, and the rest as they say, was history...


A 1960 LandCruiser in, er, 1960


As the years went on the LandCruiser, much like its rivals and much like our dad, got a bit fatter and a bit bigger. Unlike our dad though, the 'Cruiser was engineered to be as good off-road as it had ever been. This sucker's ability drive over hills, cows, trees and mountains was its calling card - to lose that to leather, air-con, alloys and a CD player was not an option. Rock-climbing kudos had to be a design priority...


In your FACE, rock. I OWN YOU! RAAAGGHHH - oh, turn the air-con down, it's a bit chilly - AAARRGGHH!


...and when they're not climbing over rocks, hills, school-children or bungalows they like to fly...


Wheeeeee -oh, you've got coffee on the leather - eeeeeeee!


...and swim...


Splash! Why, yes, that is Deacon Blue's greatest hits on the CD player...


So, have we whetted your appetite for all things 4x4? If so, let us show you what your £2000 could get you. In all honesty you'll probably be looking at a petrol engined 80 or 90 series. The 60 and 70 series variants are out there, but they will more than likely supersede the £2k budget - they're quite desirable as a classic, not just as a 4x4.

In terms of the engines, the 80 series will furnish you with either a 4.0 or 4.5 straight six petrol for your budget. You might get the 4.2 diesel at a push, but we doubt it. If you do find one for under £2k it's probably that cheap for a sinister mechanical reason - the pistons are in the boot...or on the floor. If you go for a 90 series you're going to end up with the 5VZ-FE petrol engine (24-valve six-cylinder, 3.4-litre) or the 3RZ-FS (four-cylinder 2.7-litre) petrol engine. Both great engines, just a little thirsty. Let's face it though, you buy a LandCruiser so you can drive over Swindon, not for fuel economy...



How about that? A 90-series 'Cruiser. You could live in it, it's so big. We'd have the front seats as the lounge, the rear as the kitchen and the boot would be our bedroom. Oh, and the glove-box would be the games room. Seriously though, that is a lot of car for not-a-lot-of-money. Yes, it is slightly hindered by being propelled by petrol, not diesel, but hey...who cares? It's been looked after, it has all the creature comforts you could ever want, it's built with all those off-road credentials we've mentioned above and it's as big as Chichester - win!

As 4x4s go, the LandCruiser could well be our favourite. They're tough, they don't get stuck, they laugh in the face of the Australian Outback and they can drive over anything put in front of them, including Kangaroos (not that you see many of them in Hemel Hempstead) and for £2000 that's a pretty impressive list of attributes. Get one bought, we would! After all, they're better than a Hummer...



...again, too gratuitous? Ah well! BUY A LANDCRUISER!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Another Guest Blog. The E46 BMW...

Yes, that's right, we've gone and made someone else write words for us. We're slave-driving fat-cats here at Not £2 Grand and quite frankly we can't be bothered to write anything anymore. We're simply far too important, just look at our boss...



Write me things, minions! NOW!


Nah, not really. It just turns out that some fellow bloggers like us so much that they asked to write things for us. Seeing as we like receiving praise for as little work as possible, the notion of free words from other people seemed too good to pass up on. We've still got Bevis locked up in the cellar writing stuff for us, but he really needs some sleep, hence drafting in Amazo for this update.

We doubt he was Christened as 'Amazo'. Maybe it's a pseudonym he uses when fighting crime, who knows? All we know is that he pens the fantastic Amazo Effect blog and that's good enough for us. So, here is his contribution to Not £2 Grand. Do let us know what you think!



The E46 BMW...

This article begins with a car crash which is a rather dramatic entrance. I've not even been 5 minutes on this 'ere blog and stuff getting smashed up! Well, let me explain. My daily driver, a BMW E21 was rear-ended by a Smart Roadster a couple of weeks ago. It would almost be funny if it wasn't my car; the Smart attempted to scuttle under my rear valance like a cat in a new home bolting under the settee. The insurance company of course gave me a courtesy car. A turgid VW Golf? A mingy Skoda Fabia Nope, this:


Move along now, you can't afford this one. Yet.


It was just 3 weeks old, had 500 miles on the clock, leather, air-con, 18" wheels and more toys than Gary Glitter's basement. My new car-hating oath was suddenly sacificed at the altar of E90 voodoo. I loved it, drove it everywhere and probably got a little to attached to it to be honest. Then of course it had to go back. Frantically, I scoured eBay for early E90s, but they're still waaaay over the magic £2K mark - aww. But wait. What about the predecessor, the E46? Hmmm...



Yes, believe it or not sports-fans, E46 3-series are now coming up for under 2 gees. Introduced in 1998 as a saloon with both Coupe and Touring models a year later, the E46 is essentially still an E36 at it's core but radically reworked. It also has a huge range of engines, from the M43 16-valve four-banger to the mighty 3.2 litre S54 six as used in the M3. Yes, there was a V8 in the M3 GTR, but £2 grand will just about get you a doorhandle of one of those.


Much, much more than £2k, but great for lighting your B&H with


There was also a range of turbodiesels, but before you turn your nose up at those, my courtesy E90 has the same M47B20 (that's 2.0 litre in non-BMW speak) as used in the E46 - 148bhp in that car, more in the E90 - and 243 lb/ft made for a very rapid (140mph, apparently) and economical (60+ mpg with a sympathetic right foot) car, and the E90 is a heavier beast than the E46. Personally nothing but the howl of a straight six will do for me, but then I'm the type of man that puts octane booster on his chips, just for that extra kick, y'know?

Handling-wise the E46 is a page out of the great BMW handling book. The shell is claimed to be 70% stiffer that it's E36 predecessor, one reason being that aluminium was used extensively in the Macpherson strut front and Z-axle rear suspension. Plus, the car has near 50:50 weight distribution, so hooning around on a country lane should be a joy.



It isn't all a picnic with Nigella Lawson though. Just because BMW has a peerless reputation for reliability and build quality doesn't mean there aren't pitfalls, In fact that same build quality can hide a few sins. There were quite a few ringers knocking around a few years back when the car was still in production, while many early cars have been used in fleets and as police cars, so may have high mileage and have led a hard life. Also, low-spec cars exist, again because of the fleet connection, so some examples may be bare-bones spec wise compared to others. But then again, we aren't talking rubber floor mats and vinyl seats; you'd be hard pressed to find one without aircon and electric windows. The most common faults are heater blower fan switches breaking, side repeater lamps working loose and high dealer parts costs - £12 for a headlight bulb? Oh, and early diesel manual cars could suffer warped clutch plates. Most will surely have been replaced by now, but listen for a scraping noise when releasing the clutch on low-mileage cars just to be safe. Post-2000 cars have tougher clutches, though.


The Touring version. Great for hauling bric-a-brac, not so good for hauling a Rolls-Royce Trent jet engine. Sorry


Like the idea of an E46? Want one in your life? We scanned Autotrader and came up with this example...


Fancy a bit more space? How about this sucker?


Like the Mondeo N2K sensei featured a while back, modern 3-series do have an image of being driven by people like this (salemen, not Jim Carrey):



And this. Bimmers are mad wicked cars to them, innit?



In conclusion, with E36s now the doyen of fast Ford fans wanting a cheap RWD fix, the E46 is now staring to move into the crosshairs of the Not 2 Grand hunting rifle. It's time to ignore the BMW stereotype and get yourself a damn fine, well engineered car for not-a-lot-of-money, although if you do look like Ali G we won't hold it against you.

So, will you be bagging your own example?

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Ford Capri...

Oh yeah! The Capri is one of the most iconic cars that Ford ever built and now the 80s and 90s have died, taking with them the 'boy racer' and clichéd jokey image of the Capri, it's never been a better time to own this most impressive of Ford-badged classics. Don't think like this...



...think like this instead *hums theme tune*



If you're too young to know who these fellas are, click this for some twangy guitar-based education! Oh yes, Bodie and Doyle were the 70s cops with the mop tops who stopped, er, criminals - a British, but superior Starsky and Hutch if you will. If you don't know who Starsky and Hutch are we'd like you to stop reading this blog and go and stand in the corner. You can sit down again when we tell you.

So, the Capri, yes. Well, as you've gathered they were the vehicle of choice for 70s TV cops, and rightly so. The Capri was built to be a 'European Mustang' and by God, did it succeed. Released in 1969 under the tagline "The car you always promised yourself" it sold in its thousands. People couldn't get enough of the practical yet sporty coupe, the Capri became the car to be seen in. It was modern, sleek and sexy and that's something the British public were all too keen to embrace.



That there is the car people were greeted with in '69, the mk1, Genesis if you will. A great car but not something you'll get for under under £2000, not in any condition worth having at least. No, what were's looking at here is the power-bulged, twin headlighted, long snouted final incarnation of the Capri, the Mk3 (or Mk2 facelift if, like us, you're a pedant).


Hello there, you handsome sonofabitch!


This was the car to have in the 80s. It was the car that made you want to button you shirt low, perm your Mrs's hair big and wear your chest hair fluffy, all while listening to the pumping rhythms of Genesis while cruising down the high street. With a whale-tail on the boot, tiger stripes down the sides and 'Sharon and Kev' filling the top of the windscreen the Capri was nothing short of perfection. Oh, and don't forget the zebra-print seat covers. Yeah, we know, that sounds AWESOME! This dude thinks so...



Okay, so the Capri actually had a bit of a reputation in the 80s for being something of a boy-racer car. It also became associated with car-crime due to being easier to steal than a Argos biro and with a new wave of hot hatches such as the XR3i, 205GTi and Golf GTi making it look dated, the Capri also fell from favour in a mainstream sales context. It became a joke, really. The love of 1969 had gone, now afforded to the front-wheel drive newbies an seemingly nothing else.

The Capri found itself in the media as a regular whipping boy for the 'naff' end of the scale, much as the 'Del Boy' Capri at the top of the page demonstrates. There was also one used in BBC comedy, Bottom, that we were going to show you, but the Google search had other ideas...



Hmmm. Pert, and more pleasing to the eye than Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall. Anyway, that's not what this blog is for, sadly.

Right, back to the Capri. By the late 90s and early 00s (is 00s right?) the Capri had gone full circle, becoming a rapidly appreciating classic with droves of followers who, quite correctly, remembered the car from it's glorious heyday, not it's cliched mid-life. Classic car magazine began to dish out the respect as well as specialist titles such Classic Ford and the handsomely staffed, brilliantly written Retro Ford, ahem.

The desire wasn't just to buy and cherish them, either. No, owners wanted to modify them and build them into the muscle cars they were perceived to be. That curved body, power-bulged bonnet and wide set wheels looked mean at the best of times, but with some tweaks they could be made to look utterly astonishing.



Standard or modified, on the road the Capri is a hoot to own a pleasure to drive. The low floor echoes that of a sports car, as does the view from the windscreen over that long bonnet. The rear-wheel-drive chassis, while obviously now dated, is a doddle to embrace and enjoy - ignore anyone who tells you that a Capri will spin at the first sign of trouble, they're actually more prone to understeer. Chuck on some new suspension and you'll be shocked by just home comfy they can be.


N£2G contributor Mr. Bevis used to own this monster


Engines available consisted of the 1.6 and 2.0 Pinto, the 3.0 essex V6 and the 2.8i Cologne V6. There was a 1.3 option too, but you'd be hard pushed to find one these days as it was, for lack of better phrase, useless. They were all (apart from the 1.3) good engines, even the 1.6. This an area that's subject to many an old wives tale, much like the oversteering issue. Again though, we would advise you ignore them. You don't NEED a V6 in a Capri - a 1.6 will drive just fine, a 2.0 that little bit better. Fro cruising about, they're bob-on. The V6s are of course the most desirable - many folk harbour the 2.8, but in our opinion the 3.0 Essex is a great bit of kit; torquey, shouty and easy to tune, just like any goof Ford should be. Allow our old Mk2 3.0S to demonstrate...



..ooh, we loved that car.

So, what about your £2000, what will that get you? Well, in all honesty it'll get you a semi-decent 1.6 or 2.0. Push your luck and you might even get a V6 car, although it'll undoubtedly need some work here and there. You see Capris dissolve faster than an ice cube in an Aga (the frozen water kind, not the rapper), so before you go hunting it's going to be easier to just list the bits that don't rust, rather than those that do. Here goes.

The windows.
The seats.
The tyres.


Don't believe us? This car was mint before it rained an hour ago...



Right, now that you know where not to look for rust make sure you check everywhere else. Really though, do be thorough, you'll thank us later. In the meantime, here's an example of what you can buy.



Right then, go forth and buy Capris. They're an icon, a classic and a hoot to drive, and at £2000 they're a solid investment - we can promise you they won't stay this cheap for long!

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