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    80's classic ....

    I'm thinking of changing my project car to something different, I've had the XR3i cabriolet for near on 3 years and after playing about tidying it up i've decided its time for a change, I'm thinking of something along the lines of a 205 GTi 1.9 or maybe a mk2 Golf GTi. Are there any other cars you would consider ? It needs to be cheap and not much newer than 1990.

    As for the escort ...








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    Very clean, bet you could eat your dinner off it!

    As for a change in car, I think 205 GTI's are pretty hard to find, especially in good condition, Mk2 golfs are more common, but finding an unmolested one in good nick is hard also.



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    I think an RS1600i, Series 1 RS Turbo, Nova Sport or maybe a Miami blue...or that nice metallic green 205 GTI would be nice.

    Trouble is...
    The first two will fetch big money for one worth having...
    The Nova Sports have probably rotted away...same with the 205.


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    Probably a williams clio for me, or a mark 1 astra gte.

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    I've seen some tidy 205's for £2000 and some projects for around £500. The escort only cost £260 off ebay and looked a little worse than it does in those pictures. I'd go for the RST or 1600i but for nice ones you are looking at 4-5k cheap ones really are basket cases. I also like the MK1 XR2 but again finding a tidy one isn't easy.

    Never thought of the Clio, i'll have a lokk but I want something that is completly standard, the intention is to clean it up, use it and maybe have a play on a track. There are some nice 205's with the MI16 engine but they fetch 4k +
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    Trouble is as your well aware most of the cars your considering were prone to be modded by the youth of the past (ie us!!) and probably are a pile of junk if they're still going, or they are pricey for what they are if they have survived! I'd go for something unique that wasnt so much of a boy racer car in its day. If it was me i'd buy a Lancia Delta or Alfa 33 cloverleaf, and a welding kit!!
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    mmm delta, they ain't that easy to work on though ....
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    Stunning and I see it retains the Webber ISCV mounted on the airbox lid.

    Fiesta RS Turbo is rapidly becoming a classic and the reason I'm returning mine cosmetically to pretty much standard (including the orange indicators)

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    I had a Fiesta RST, if you ever go on passion ford, the thread by 1900cvh - JSGRE was my old fezza.

    And yse mine has the wonderful ISCV, it was sold as a non runner, I trailered it home cleaned the valve and its been fine ever since.
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    Mk1 Golf GTi Campaign - cheap parts, easy to work on and a fantastic car which still looks great (unlike the XR3 which looks very dated IMO)
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    Rover Mini Cooper ?

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    Budget is really £1000, maybe more. It must be around 1990 otherwise it doesn't count for classic insurance.

    I like th MK1 GTi but I actually prefer the look of the XR3i although I will agree the GOlf is the originators of the hot hatch.
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    Honda CRX , or Civic VTi of the late 80's..? with the B16A1..?


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    there is a miami blue 1.9 near me also passed the rare green one few weeks back, had a black and a red 1.9 years back, quite fancy one to tinker about with, my mate had a mark1 gte, rapid, mega rare that one seen one up here last summer, was immaculate. aaaaahh the early nineties, uno turbos , gte,s , renault 19 16v , strada abarth, novas r5 gtt everywhere, few years later hardly any surviving, full of character..........

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    When I was wandering around the autosports show there was a very tidy Mk2 Astra GTE 16v on a stand and a couple of lax power kids walked by saying whats that doing here is crap ... how dare they critisise cars of my youth !
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTDCi
    When I was wandering around the autosports show there was a very tidy Mk2 Astra GTE 16v on a stand and a couple of lax power kids walked by saying whats that doing here is crap ... how dare they critisise cars of my youth !
    Yes, fantastic engine and a shell made of paper, these we're more hotrod than Hothatch, they really we're crap in the cornering department out the box, but went like sting in a straight line back in the day. Still love the digital dash though...



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    If you can release a bit more cash I'd go with the XRPoo. Great fun little cars and I found this tidy example on Pistonheads for a reasonable price -

    http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/376663.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTDCi
    When I was wandering around the autosports show there was a very tidy Mk2 Astra GTE 16v on a stand and a couple of lax power kids walked by saying whats that doing here is crap ... how dare they critisise cars of my youth !
    With ya on that one mate! Awesome cars, would love one as a Sunday car! Drove one when I was younger, and 150bhp felt gooood!
    RS1600i's are nice, rare and quality motors, 80's porn!
    Friend on mine (who builds the charged Polos) is knocking together a 205GTi, with the engine from a BX19 GTi! Watch this space!
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    Escort Mk2 Rs2000
    now that would be a fun car !
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    Got to go with mick on this one Mk1 or 2 escort ..RS Mexico was my favourite..I grew up stripping engines out these motors every weekend and getting the 2ltr pinto engine putting it in and cutting out the gearbox tunnel out of cortinas so we could fit the gearbox out of the cortina in .....there were the days
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craivold
    If you can release a bit more cash I'd go with the XRPoo. Great fun little cars and I found this tidy example on Pistonheads for a reasonable price -

    http://www.pistonheads.com/sales/376663.htm
    Wow i am amazed the nick that is in .......classic pepperpot wheels
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev-head
    Got to go with mick on this one Mk1 or 2 escort ..RS Mexico was my favourite..I grew up stripping engines out these motors every weekend and getting the 2ltr pinto engine putting it in and cutting out the gearbox tunnel out of cortinas so we could fit the gearbox out of the cortina in .....there were the days
    Brought a tear to my eye I was an apprentice at a Ford main dealers (used to have its own rally team) brand new RS 2000 with big arches
    MK1 shape,spent many a saturday morning (assisting) the rebuild of diffs with welded up planet gears that was used for grasstracking (cheaper than lsd)
    Had an early MK1 Cortina GTand soon had the engine out,rebored,different head,valves etc,used to keep tripping over mini cooper S, I could keep up in a straight line,bends a different story So in went a Lotus twin cam,that was better same diff,kinda flat out at 90ish but acceleration was good.
    Always hankered after an original mk1 Lotus cortina (alloy panels etc) ,my mate had one of the few Lotus Twin cam escorts (mk1) that were built that used to go (in its day). Then Fords brought out the RS 1600i (BDA engine) before moving onto the RS2000 (Pinto)
    Sorry if I bored you all,think I will go and lay down now.
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