RE: PH 2018 - Shed of the Year

RE: PH 2018 - Shed of the Year

Friday 28th December 2018

PH 2018 - Shed of the Year

It's been another bumper year for Shed. These are the ten that most floated your collective boat...



Right, no time for preamble, let's get straight into with the catwalk stars of 2018, Shed of the Week-wise, as voted by you the readers. It's all done by the number of page views, so the results might not accurately reflect a love for any given car (Rover Chairman, anyone?) but they do reflect the amount of interest in it, good or bad.


10 - Subaru Impreza Turbo Estate (January 12th)
No SOTY list would be complete without a Subaru, and this year's list has two, an odd thing in some ways given the marque's wafer-thin presence in the UK nowadays. Just shows the power of nostalgia, or the deep longing for a characterful engine format that we're unlikely to see again in a new car, or something else entirely, who knows, Shed isn't a mind reader (yet, see below). This green N-reg Impreza Turbo Estate was a tribute to careful ownership.


9 - Honda Accord Type R (March 9th)
Honda Type R! Yes! Or rather, no! Well, it was a Type R, but it was the Accord not the Civic. For more mature readers who remembered the Autocar long-termer, this was a plus not a minus. Who wouldn't want a Mondeo-class five-seat hatch with a proper chassis, LSD, boot-top spoiler, Alcantara Recaros, leather Momo wheel and the full-on VTEC kick yo? Well, for a while at least, nobody. There was fear about the near-180k mileage and a general suspicion that there had to be something wrong with it, like the bulkhead - even though the vendor told us all that it had been repaired. Eeeh, you lot.


8 - Mazda RX-8 (January 5th)
The rotary RX-8 has appeared in Shed far more often than it should have done. We mean that in a nice way: no way is this 230hp, fine-handling four-door coupe a sub-£1,500 car. But of course as we all know it's become one thanks to the engine's ever-present potential to not start when it's hot, a fairly substantial bar to purchase. This £1,295 specimen looked as good as they all do. Shed reminded readers that they could always put an LS1 V8 into it.


7 - Ford Mondeo Ghia X (January 26th)
Some folk will never own a Ford. That's a fact of motoring life, and a reflection of long-held views that anything with a blue oval badge on the front is going to be about as reliable as a Trump promise. And that's a shame because those who have actually owned and run a modern Ford know that they're generally excellent to drive and no more of a liability than something bearing a much posher badge. This 53,000-mile one-owner 2.5 Ghia X had all the gear you could ever want at £1,499. It was an auto, which put some off. Others like Hard Miles were more forthright in their views: "I'd rather tread in dog turd."


6 - Jaguar XJ8 (April 6th)
Some unmentionable cur had run a key along the glistening black flanks of this almost sexual X308 XJ Sport, but the price tag of just one of your English grands went a long way towards pouring oil on that troubled water. You'd be pouring petrol into the tank at a fearsome rate if you bought it, but if you go through life not having driven an XJ6 you'll be missing out on one of motoring's greatest pleasures. This one had cloth on its seats, but it's not as if there aren't thousands of XJ scrappers around to nick the moo out of. Most often used word in this forum? "Gorgeous."


5 - Subaru Impreza WRX (May 25th)
Our second Scooby-doo was no trailer queen like the green one mentioned earlier. To be honest it looked a bit tired, and not just because of the 187,000 miles on the clock either. It could have also been something to do with an unfortunate event earlier in its life when it had been used for ram-raiding. There was even newspaper evidence provided to back that up. Some would see that as adding value, not subtracting from it. Either way, it was great to see that one of these could still churn up the interest.


4 - Jaguar XJR (September 14th)
And here's our second Jag, a wonderful 1995 supercharged X300 XJ in "lottery-winner turquoise" (TooMany2CVs) and cream leather. With 326hp and 378ft lb of torque from the blown six-pot AJ16 motor we thought it might be the most powerful Shed ever. You could put a bit of gaffer tape over the odometer reading of 174,000 and lizard your way down to the Riv just as easily as to the local Rialto. It had a full MOT and a bonkers price tag of £1,000. "Utterly fantastic Shed," said Cambs Stuart. "Luxury, power, and the potential to run up bills that would bankrupt a small country. Really tempted." Most often used word in this forum? "Wow."


3 - Audi TT Mk 1 (July 27th)
Not one but two 1.8 TTs here, a 180 and a 225. Shed invited readers to make their choice, and of course what happened was that everyone started yakking on about 3.2s instead. There was plenty of love for the enduring nature of the TT's unique styling but there were also warnings about the pitfalls of buying cheap/early TTs from a reliability perspective. Others rode to the rescue with itemised posts showing how cheap they could be to mend. That's the Audi way.


2 - Range Rover (April 13th)
The first thing to strike you about this P38 Range Rover was the colour. It was blue, but not your average sort of blue: more your 'aaarrggh my eyes' sort of blue. Still, Shed wasn't going to let than put him off, as this was the first P38 to make it into his domain. He felt obliged to express the usual doubts though, noting that "buying any second hand Range Rover involves a leap of faith that could easily turn into a stumble of doubt followed by a painful pratfall of disillusionment". Faz50 cautioned "one large set of the superest hairiest mega balls required". The driver's seat looked like someone had been beating it with a tree trunk, and to cap it all the story appeared on Friday the 13th - but hell, it had a 4.0 V8 under that oh-so-blue bonnet, and that butters plenty of parsnips doesn't it?


1 - Volvo S60R (February 16th)
Volvo wins Shed of the Year shock! Well, it shouldn't be a shock when you realise what Volvo this was: an S60R. This is a rare bird indeed, a 4WD sleeper with a twin-intercooled turbo five pushing out 300hp and 295lb ft for a 0-60 time of 5.4sec. This particular one, a 207,000-mile 56-plater, looked neglected, but someone with chutzpah and a buffing kit could well have rediscovered a hidden gem for just £1,250. The next cheapest one Shed found on sale in the UK was more than £5,000. This S60R might still be on sale somewhere: a month after our story appeared, the MOT expired and hasn't been renewed since. Which in some ways is quite a sad ending.

Still, who cares about that eh, it's only a car after all. So there we have it, another year yeared. What would Shed like for 2019? Glad you asked. Well, a wider acceptance that we really do put the best car of the week up here in SOTW, and that we don't ignore far better ones just for the fun of it. Honest. Failing that, he is hoping that Mrs Shed will enrol him in a hypnotherapy course. Something that will give him an ability to hypnotise owners of immaculate Civic Type Rs, AMG Mercs and TVRs into advertising their cars on PH Classifieds for under £1,500. And, of course, also convince him that Mrs Shed is not a dead ringer for Biffa Bacon's mum.

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Turbobanana

Original Poster:

1,211 posts

138 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Thank you, Mr Shed, for another year of providing the weekly motoring highlight: my first Friday morning coffee is eagerly anticipated, particularly since I've started trying to guess on a Thursday what you'll offer up on a Friday. Our thoughts often align, at least on cars (not so sure about Mrs Shed as I've never met her).

Keep up the good work.

oilit

534 posts

115 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Some good shedding looking back - i don't always see them - but looking back now i'll take the Jag, the Green Impreza and the Volvo -

anyone care to admit they bought any of these top 10 and share the outcomes ?!

hammo19

1,868 posts

133 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Along with the forums, shedding is the best thing on PH. The Accord Type R and the Jags getting my attention. I have a MK 1 TT with a V6 implant. Lovely quick car with a permanent wet boot, what’s not to like!

pSyCoSiS

2,370 posts

142 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Personally, I think this year has been one of the best for Shed.

Some great cars, from all spectrums and all power bands.

That XJR was a silly-cheap bargain, I wish I had taken a punt on that green Impreza and that S60R deservedly wins Shed of the Year.

I look forward to it all again in 2019.

Happy New Year everyone and best wishes for the future.

wildatheart

142 posts

116 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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This has been said before and I'll say it again - PH, please refrain from making lazy Trump jibes, it doesn't suit you. At all. Other than that, thanks for the Sheds.
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deltashad

6,611 posts

134 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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I'd be happy with any of these sheds. Some brilliant choices, think the s60 would be my pic, no the xj8, wait impreza, erm..?

sjabrown

1,243 posts

97 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Aah, SOTW. Something I look forward to each Friday morning.

Ocellia

148 posts

86 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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We need a Mrs Shed week? (With pics?) (-:
Seasoned greetings.

Cambs_Stuart

351 posts

21 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Some great sheds. Upping the budget to 1500 really helped re-reinvigorate this feature.
Personally, I'd go for the green impreza, but the Jag is a huge bargain. In times where decent classic cars are getting out of reach it's really good to see there are some interesting and performance motors out there for not a huge amount of cash.

grumpy52

3,675 posts

103 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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When you see the review of the years sheds and most of the top 10 would have tempted you to splash the cash proves it must have been a pretty good year .
I wonder if those that purchased the jags made any money on them ?

greenarrow

1,490 posts

54 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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I found Pistonheads, via a Shed of the Week feature and its still my favourite feature on the
site. A few people moan each week about the various cars featured, but Fridays would be a lot poorer without SOTW.

I totally agree with the choice of SOTY and most of the cars selected for the top ten. I don't think there will be many more years where Impreza Turbos, Accord Type Rs and XJR Jags are available for under £1500!

406dogvan

5,299 posts

202 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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I think that sums-up a year in the slowly dying art of the Shed pretty well - 2 JHaaaaags! smile

Reality is calling tho - the sort of Sheds we love now come with a plethora of things which can easily cost FAR more than the budget to fix (and often cannot easily be bypassed)

Someone here once called Shedding "organized retreat from ownership" and I love that expression - you buy it and use it until it's problems make it impractical it use it any longer when you send it off to the parts breaker/mad restorer ;0

You do maintenance and repairs where it's economically sensible of course, but there's always someone looking at a £1250 car saying "do the timing belts ASAP" - as wise at that may sound, you're doubling your stake in a game you don't yet understand ;0

I know we keep saying "modern cars are too complex/repairs can be really scary" and as someone who's paid to fix broken cars I obviously see the bad side of everything but I'd say there's more potential to fleece you for repairs in MK3 Focus than those Jhaaaags at this point...


irocfan

17,954 posts

127 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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The 2 jags (no, not the fat northern idiot) or the Volvo for me please

harleywilma

358 posts

180 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Talking the arse off all these scrappers is so boring, come on,would anyone really buy any one of these crappy bangers that are only fit for the knackers yard, These shed articles should go the way of these awful cars...

ballans

17 posts

42 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Thanks for all the sheds in 2018. A great, fun article.
Let’s hope it’s survives under the new owners as I’m still holding out for another Metro Chairman or something equally ridiculous.

andburg

2,996 posts

106 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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unfortunately i think the days of sheds are numbered, potentially we've hit peak shed cry

Post 2001 cars will disappear as soon as they get a half decent bill and earlier cars will slowly disintegrate.

Lets face it, cant be long before cars emitting anything are banned from cities and taxed into the ground outside them.

Rejoice in 4.0 V8's while you can still afford it!


Turbobanana

Original Poster:

1,211 posts

138 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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harleywilma said:
Talking the arse off all these scrappers is so boring, come on,would anyone really buy any one of these crappy bangers that are only fit for the knackers yard, These shed articles should go the way of these awful cars...
Congratulations on your evident riches.

For the rest of us, there's SOTW.

Edited by Turbobanana on Saturday 29th December 07:23

Pericoloso

37,309 posts

100 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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harleywilma said:
Talking the arse off all these scrappers is so boring, come on,would anyone really buy any one of these crappy bangers that are only fit for the knackers yard, These shed articles should go the way of these awful cars...
And the fun police have arrived.

I don't always read SOTW but always enjoy the article and the subsequent great shed /awful shed "chat".

Long may it continue.

More terrible Metros and LDV vans required.

aaron_2000

2,318 posts

20 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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I still regret choosing my old 735i over that XJR, I just couldn't be arsed travelling that far so I bought the BMW.

Shortos

2 posts

44 months

Friday 28th December 2018
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Sadly it sounds like the S60R has been broken for parts