A matter of taste

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FRA53R

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1,028 posts

109 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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So, I'm about to sell my car and of course now I am looking at what I want next (Don't worry, not a what car thread in disguise) I'm finding myself drawn to older quick(ish) saloons, Renault 21 turbo, Peugeot 405 Mi-16, Nissan Primera GT etc..

I guess it's all those years watching supertourers that's made me always want something that's boxy and unassuming, yet fast enough to surprise.

Everyone I speak to thinks I'm mad, why don't I go for a wee sports car or a hot hatch, or in most cases something new. I don't really know tbh, I just fancy something that others don't, especially if they are well regarded but don't quite get a popular following, call me contrary if you must but I know what I like.

Does anyone else have this affliction or do you find yourself going for the newer sleeker offerings rather than the overlooked slightly ungainly ugly ducklings.

ToothbrushMan

1,570 posts

66 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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The r21s a bit too long in the tooth and finding a good will be hard and pricey.yes they can be a fast barge.fast as a std sierra cossie if tuned.
think you had a quadra version just not if that came as a turbo.
Cant speak for the mi16 but the primera gt could be a nice buy.underrated car with 150bhp.
Similarly powered almera gti too bit imho is an acquired taste in the looks dept.

giblet

7,171 posts

118 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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FRA53R said:
So, I'm about to sell my car and of course now I am looking at what I want next (Don't worry, not a what car thread in disguise) I'm finding myself drawn to older quick(ish) saloons, Renault 21 turbo, Peugeot 405 Mi-16, Nissan Primera GT etc..

I guess it's all those years watching supertourers that's made me always want something that's boxy and unassuming, yet fast enough to surprise.

Everyone I speak to thinks I'm mad, why don't I go for a wee sports car or a hot hatch, or in most cases something new. I don't really know tbh, I just fancy something that others don't, especially if they are well regarded but don't quite get a popular following, call me contrary if you must but I know what I like.

Does anyone else have this affliction or do you find yourself going for the newer sleeker offerings rather than the overlooked slightly ungainly ugly ducklings.
I often find myself trying to seek out obscure older cars or boxy looking older cars. My first few cars were early 90's Rovers so I have a soft spot for that kind of design and styling. Would love to own a nice 420GSi turbo in the future. Unassuming "old" rover with a bit of poke.

martinnitram

244 posts

142 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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Most people's idea of a car is 'new as possible', and the idea of something older and interesting is completely alien to their un imaginative narrow minds.
Sister in law told me i was selfish and irresponsible for buying a impreza, even though i bought it for family use as a winter hack.
Agree with your choices except the Primera, personally, i could never love that.

Matt UK

13,098 posts

141 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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martinnitram said:
Most people's idea of a car is 'new as possible', and the idea of something older and interesting is completely alien to their un imaginative narrow minds.
Don't knock 'em; lack of demand = soft prices.
It makes scanning the used classifieds wonderful in the UK - just look abroad to see how good we've got it!
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joewilliams

2,004 posts

142 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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I approve of your thinking.

FRA53R

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1,028 posts

109 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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Cheers guys! You've all made me feel better, sometimes the tide of popular opinion can get through even my belligerent dedication to the different. Right now I am looking to get a 21 turbo (Got a thing for Regies) but anything fast, unassuming and different is on the radar.


FRA53R

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1,028 posts

109 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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martinnitram said:
Most people's idea of a car is 'new as possible', and the idea of something older and interesting is completely alien to their un imaginative narrow minds.
Sister in law told me i was selfish and irresponsible for buying a impreza, even though i bought it for family use as a winter hack.
Agree with your choices except the Primera, personally, i could never love that.
Totally agree!, however the Primera is a surprising car, I had one as my first second hand car and loved it dearly, even though it cost me a lot to get back to a good standard it handled well and sounded great

Leins

6,674 posts

89 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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This probably isn't going to sound like a very PH thing to say, but trundling about in an early 90s motor, with some Depeche Mode or New Order playing on the period stereo, is one of life's great pleasures for me! For a hundred people out there who think you are completely mad, there will be at least one who knows wink. Do it OP

northwest monkey

6,179 posts

130 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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FRA53R said:
Cheers guys! You've all made me feel better, sometimes the tide of popular opinion can get through even my belligerent dedication to the different. Right now I am looking to get a 21 turbo (Got a thing for Regies) but anything fast, unassuming and different is on the radar.
What about a 309 GTi? Extremely capable car & much less obvious than a 205.

DoctorX

4,340 posts

108 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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FRA53R

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Saturday 11th January 2014
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DoctorX said:
northwest monkey said:
What about a 309 GTi? Extremely capable car & much less obvious than a 205.
309's are on the list for sure but to be honest finding a good one is hard work, plus it's a little small, I run a small convenience store and therefore I require a good amount of space.

The ATR is very nice I especially like the interior (I have a thing for black and green) but nearly 5k is strong money if I were in the market for a car around that price range I'm afraid I would go for an E36 M3.

DoctorX

4,340 posts

108 months

Saturday 11th January 2014
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I was just using this one as an example, I agree it's a touch pricey. Someones bought it though!

pwd95

8,290 posts

179 months

Sunday 12th January 2014
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FRA53R

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109 months

Sunday 12th January 2014
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pwd95 said:
Wooft if my current car wasn't going to cost (Likely) over a grand to get to sales standard (I.e the mot and the PAS fixed plus 6 months VED) I'd have just about enough for that, I'm looking mainly at getting something I can run for a year or two and save up for something properly special.

s p a c e m a n

9,463 posts

89 months

Sunday 12th January 2014
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I'm sort of the same, I'm strangely attracted to weird uncommon things. They're not always rare cars, but they always seem to live in different areas and there's none locally. I bought a B5 S4 avant because I hadn't seen one about in any of my regular places, one friend had owned a saloon for about 10 years. A year after I bought it one mate had bought an rs4, one an rs2 and a couple other s4 avants popped up on nights out smash

Other weird things have been a Calibra(they were all in west london there wasn't a single one over this side), a Fiat Croma (only seen a handful of them in the past decade) and I bought a R5gtt and a Metro gta because mates had Novas, Unos and fiestas. I didn't always want these cars, I just didn't want what everyone else had wobble