What to do?

MarkMas

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Buy the wreck AND a good one, and swap the plates over.

I'm serious. Transfer the nostalgia onto a better platform. And, while just putting the plate on the wrong car is presumably illegal, you are VERY unlikely to be caught, and if you own them both, and insure them both, the consequences of being caught should be slight, too.
 

StuartW

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts and suggestions.

It's funny what an attachment to a certain car does to you as I really wouldn't even be contemplating it for any other car that I have owned, borne out by the fact that I am still in at least 2 minds about what I realise is a complete shed! I'm usually very decisive but not this time!

And @Scaf, a donor car you say ... That really is not helping!
 

GeoffCapes

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What have we told you about offering advice? Now is really not the time to start ignoring us. Personally, I’d run from that heap until my lungs exploded. If you can’t run, walk very fast and keep walking. Old German cars are money pits, old Brit cars are deep money pits and old Italian cars are an automotive China syndrome. Even if you spent £30k on it, it would still be an ugly old lash-up with a roof like a tramp’s cap.
Can’t put a price on nostalgia.
Well, other than ‘expensive’.

That’s why crappy Fords from the 70’s and 80’s go for silly money.
 

rockits

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Can’t put a price on nostalgia.
Well, other than ‘expensive’.
I can....not too much. I'm all for paying a little extra for some nostalgia but won't go too far. I'm not going to get all teary eyed and too nostalgic as it leads to nonsensical wallet damage often. Keep your emotions in check and your wallet will thank you for it.

I've got a 1998/S 306 GTi-6 now which I had one new as a company car in 1997. Cost me £1350 maybe 4 years ago.

Also a 2005/55 Hyundai Coupe V6 that I also had new in 2002. Cost me £640 this year.

Both are in great condition not needing any major work just needing an all round tidy up with a few bits replacing over time.

Bearing in mind often many of these cars weren't great then and won't be now but of course some are cracking.
 

Phil H

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I let my Scimitar go when faced with a similar decision, but I do understand the attraction. The Lancia makes no sense at all, but if you must then give it a sporting feel and similar livery to the Trofeo; not exactly Martini, but they would look very good side by side.

PH
 

Scaf

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Thank you everyone for your thoughts and suggestions.

It's funny what an attachment to a certain car does to you as I really wouldn't even be contemplating it for any other car that I have owned, borne out by the fact that I am still in at least 2 minds about what I realise is a complete shed! I'm usually very decisive but not this time!

And @Scaf, a donor car you say ... That really is not helping!
I an trying to get pics as at the moment I have only seen the cars through a dirty barn window.
 

Oneball

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The problem with cars you’ve owned before is you know what’s wrong with them. There’s a TVR Grantura out there (1 of 6 made) that’s got a fair bit of damage to the a pillar after the wind caught the door whilst I was returning a video to the rental shop. Bet it’s still bodged now.
 

hashluck

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I think you will have to leave it as you will struggle to get it back to how it was (or how you like to remember it). That said, I can recommend this as a good read. Someone who did the same with a Jaguar MKIX

 

lifes2short

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doesn't look that bad in the photos, if there isn't much tin worm and you're hands on go for it, parts can still be sourced if you look hard enough and especially on italian ebay, im very much enjoying my giulietta resto and hasnt cost that much to date and doing it on and off when getting some free time, if you're gonna farm the resto out then it may not be worth expense