Caught in the Classifieds
Welcome to Caught in the Classifieds, where we take time each week to seek out a peach of a car from the thousands offered for sale each week.
Sometimes, we’ll choose a motor that, because of price, rarity or condition is just too good to miss. Other times, it will be a vehicle that’ll maybe challenge your thoughts on what could be your next purchase. Then again, it could just be a bonkers purchase you’d secretly love to make.
From a military tank to a motorised wheelchair, they’ve all appeared on Autoweb.co.uk seeking a buyer. Read on to discover more about our latest star car…
This week’s entry comes courtesy of our friends over at The Car Shop (Kent)
2003 Toyota MR2 1.8 £3994
The rain may be falling outside as I write this but we have at least seen enough sunshine of late to hope summer is more than a promise.
So if you’re looking for something that’ll make the most of whatever fine weather we see, let Caught in the Classifieds help. http://www.autoweb.co.uk/used/car/toyota/mr2/13581309
Trad-style, two seat roadsters are the cars you think of first but this MR2, available from our friends at the Car Shop’s Kent branch, is just that little bit special.
For some, the lipstick-red leather seats, white-faced instruments and leather-wrapped steering wheel will be enough to get them reaching for their debit cards. But if you’re of a more technical bent, it’ll be the engine that interests most.
It’s a 1.8-litre unit, equipped with Toyota’s variable valve trickery, planted amidships and driving the rear wheels. Such a set-up balances the car nicely and pops the motor close to the drivers’ ears, the better to capture its music as the revs build. And, yes, this is one to push through the gears because it delivers the best of its power once it’s really spinning fast.
There’s just 140bhp available but that’s plenty in what is a light-ish car. It’s a strict two-seater, though, and you’ll need to travel light. There’s a tiny space for luggage in the nose and a bit more behind the seats, but that’s is available only while the roof is up.
Talking of which, letting the sun in or shutting out the rain is the work of a few moments thanks to a quick and easy to use folding roof, which comes with a pukka glass rear screen.
The Car shop doesn’t mention the mileage on this example, although a squint at the pictures shows the odometer may read 67,000 miles. It comes with a full main-dealer service history, a year’s MoT test and a warranty, which strikes us as good for the asking price. And for what it is, a promise of up to 38mpg overall and affordable insurance and definite pluses.
It’ll deliver hours of fun and, if there’s nowhere to dump groceries other than on the passenger seat, who cares? You could always go online and ask Sainsbury’s to deliver…
Win £50 with Caught In The Classifieds!
Have you got an unusual car or vehicle that you’re looking to sell? If so, your car could be next to be Caught In The Classifieds! We’re always on the lookout for the weirdest and most unusual cars to feature in the CITC spotlight.
Is your car a little “out of the ordinary”? Perhaps it’s had some rather unique modifications done to it? Or it might just be a truly unusual and interesting car? Or is it the story behind the car that makes it interesting?
To apply for your chance to be featured, drop us an email at CITC@autoweb.co.uk and tell us why your car should be chosen. Don’t forget to include some pictures so we can gawp and drool over your shiney wheels like the motoring perverts that we are. The winner of the CITC competition will not only receive the glory of the Autoweb spotlight, but will also be awarded with a £50 Halfords gift voucher! So get your applications in quick, before we scurry on down to Halfords and squander your gift voucher on de-icer and bucket seats!