Things have changed with MX5's as well, and how quickly.
When I was here previously up until 2017 I could still find a nice MK1 to buy, (and I did buy and sell a few) I had to look but they were out there. Now I'm finding out the hard way about profiteering. People have pound signs in their eyes.
It's like the whole MK1 scene is now full of filler-bodged lash ups turned around quickly for a killer profit, cars in pictures like shiny new conkers that are all rotten inside.
There's a car for sale at the mo that's £3500 and it's cat C! I was offered a total mess of a black V-spec for £2k which was very bad, needed that spending straight away to sort it. That was a Cat D and the owner later admitted it cost £1500 only two months ago! She didn't tell me about the Cat D(!) I wisely checked myself.. lesson learnt.
It's a blinkin' nightmare out there and it isn't going to get any better this spring.
I missed the end of the auction for best car so far, silver '91 Eunos in Widnes, rusted out both sides at the back but original, genuine and honest. Low mileage, good history, lots of extra pics sent when asked, everything right, and £1120! Those are the cars I'm looking for now, anything repaired and £4k is given a very wide berth unless there are pics showing everything being done.
So many old names and faces popping up, good to see you all again. Please help an old chap in his dotage :-)
Andrew Stott @Autolink has 2/3 solid (not minted) self imported Mk1's he'll be fettling for sale soon.
Pre-Covid imports, which with the long standing Yen-£ exchange rates killed off finally by ludicrous container costs...is probably just as well.
He gets very few if any Mk1's now for parts harvesting these days..cannot even recall the last one.
But, if I was looking into a Mk1..he'd be my first call.
Not the cheapest...but....
Mk1's seem to be falling into 4 basic categories now.
Rotted sheds/spares £100-£400
Kinda dire projects but hanging on & driveable £800 plus
Sort of solid MOT passers fettled up & decently rot free ( oh yeah?) in need of "detail" fettling. 2k to 5k plus
Trailer queens, low mile barn finds sans chicken shit, Executor of Estates Werther Originals only dry driven & (cough-nudge "RS'"s) What ever you are daft enough to pay.
Had mine refurbed 18 months back Robin, as I could not find the ones I wanted in Scotland for around 4k so I chucked 4.5k at my own rot box I've had for nearly 15 years including binning the entire chassis, brakes, wishbones, brace bars, alloys, & started again
It really owes me 5.5k plus in the final accounting but not for sale.
It'll see me out now (69 next birthday)
At least I know every single crevice, every nut, and every bolt.
If I did sell? At best 3k I'd have thought...it's a leper Roadster aka 1840cc Auto.
Nobody wants them really.