PH 2019 | Shed of the year

PH 2019 | Shed of the year

Thursday 26th December 2019

PH 2019 | Shed of the year

Shed status was awarded 51 times this year - here's the ten you deemed most click-worthy



A year ago to the day, possibly, depending on when youโ€™re reading this, a question was asked: what was on Shedโ€™s wish list for 2019?

One of them was a hypnotherapy session to make him believe that Mrs Shed didnโ€™t really look like Biffa Baconโ€™s mum. Sadly, that wish didnโ€™t come true. Well, it did, but not in the right way. She now looks like Biffaโ€™s angry grandma, someone Shed never expected to see come within grasping distance of his column.ย His other 2019 hope didnโ€™t materialise either, in that no owners of immaculate Civic Type Rs, AMG Mercs or TVRs chose to advertise their cars on PH for the Shed-qualifying sum of ยฃ1,500 or less.

Still, our top ten of most-viewed Sheds in 2019 was a nicely international selection with two representatives from Japan, three from Italy, one each from Germany and Sweden, and, if you take a traditional rather than a corporate view on geographical marque locations, three from Great Britain โ€“ย hurray!ย Unlike last yearโ€™s top ten which featured precisely no diesels, this yearโ€™s list has two oil-burners. Shed isnโ€™t sure about the significance of that, but he has said that he will eat his greasy old hat if an electrified car ever makes it into Shed of the Week.ย 

Right, with a pint glass of Lidl port in one hand and a budget mince pie in the other, letโ€™s get on with the 2019 Sheds Of The Year, counting down from number ten and proceeding thereafter in a non-forwardly direction. Please give yourself a suitably annoying TV-style pause between each one. Thank you.


10. Fiat Panda 100HP (June)

Many chastise Fiats as flimsily-built things that melt away like tears in rain, as Roy Batty said in Blade Runner, but surely only a well-built car would survive the bone-hard suspension that Fiat put in its Panda 100HP? Our late โ€™06 specimen with under 100k miles wasnโ€™t perfect but looked good value at ยฃ1,300. โ€œEpicโ€, said Billy Whizzzz. โ€œHilarious fun,โ€ said davyvee. โ€œIโ€™ve got a 220,000 mile one,โ€ said Monge, who presumably owns many shares in a rubber ring company.

Search for a Fiat Panda here


9. Jaguar XJ6 (Dec)

Despite their advanced years, old XJs pop up in Shed of the Week with the same comfortable dog-eared regularity as copies of Razzle in the PH toilets. This London-based 3.2 Sport in BRG came with a rust-free MOT history and the benefit of being a late X300, making it arguably the best six-pot Jag saloon ever. Instead of arguing about that though, why not go to the PH Classifieds (where it still was at the time of writing) and try to think of something that gives you more amounts of car for ยฃ900. โ€œExperience it before they all disappear,โ€ said J4CKO. โ€œA whole lot of waft for under ยฃ2k,โ€ said alorotom.

Search for a Jaguar XJ here


8. Nissan Primera GT (Aug)

Nissans of a certain age have been likened to automotive cockroaches. That feeling of bombproof durability is often accompanied by a perception of terminal dullness, but the P11 Primera GT โ€“ chassis-tuned by famed Ringmeister and porn-name-inspirer Dirk Schoysman โ€“ย couldn't be accused of that. Our Shed had been hammered around various UK tracks and was clearly up for lots more of the same. โ€œA good attempt to sell a bland boxโ€ฆ you almost had me convinced,โ€ said Gareth9702. โ€œEver driven one?โ€ riposted Jon_S_Rally, sagely. Whoever owns it now has just MOTโ€™d it for another year, by the way. Welcome, insect overlords.

Search for a Nissan Primera here


7. Alfa GTV (May)

Despite the rare appearance of a 164 3.0 V6 Busso in Shedland this year, the one Alfa that actually made it into the top ten was this lovely Blu Vela GTV at ยฃ1,375. To ease your buying concerns, it came with a video walkaround and grovelunder by one-man specialist outlet Italia Autos, pointing out where things might go wrong. No, it wasnโ€™t a three-hour film. Properly looked after, these GTVs are a safe(ish) bet. โ€œClassic material the day the first prototype rolled out of the workshop,โ€ said CDP. โ€œWhat a glorious old car,โ€ said LexyLex.ย 

Search for an Alfa GTV here


6. Volvo XC90 (Sept)

There was a fair bit of eye-rubbing when an XC90 popped up in SOTW for the first time in September. Once the initial shouts of disbelief had died down, the PH massive set about its normal duties of setting out exactly why such a big, modern and frankly posh car might have descended to the ยฃ1,500 level. Those with actual XC experience reckoned there might be a bargain lurking under the film of grime, but others feared its bill-throwing potential based on the slightly scary looking MOT history. โ€œReally cheap XC90s with no warranty would require brave pills for me,โ€ said Bitcrusher.ย โ€œMineย was far more trouble than my TVR,โ€ claimed Qbee, dubiously.

Search for a Volvo XC90 here


5. Fiat Stilo Abarth (Nov)

Another Shed debutant, and another Fiat, this ยฃ1,150 Stilo Abarth aroused more than a little interest, if only because of its left-fieldness. Previous owners of this car obviously felt that not quite enough attention was being drawn to the Abarth connection, giving rise to a deal of PH moanage about excess badgery and Halfordisation. At heart it was a 2.4-litre five-pot Stilo, which put August Windsock in mind of โ€œa Latin version of a Golf V5.โ€ Nickbrapp remembered his Schumacher limited edition version with fondness, praising its โ€œfantastic qualityโ€ โ€“ย another poke in the eye for Fiat doubters.

Search for a Fiat Stilo here


4. Mazda RX-8 (Nov)

The Prince Andrew of motoring, Mazdaโ€™s rotary-engined RX-8 has amassed more negative column inches than just about any other modern car. But if you can get around fuel consumption in the teens and oil consumption not far behind that, and you could get it to restart reliably when warm, the RX is a peach. Our Shed had somehow done 58,000 miles and looked amazing for ยฃ1,450. โ€œBest car Iโ€™ve ever driven, but ruinously expensive,โ€ said shortar53 (see what he did there). โ€œSome cars are cheap for a reason,โ€ said GTEYE. โ€œBut I still want one,โ€ said Cambsยญยญ_Stuart. Precisely.

Search for a Mazda RX-8 here


3. MG ZS (Nov)

The last MG saloons might have looked like a nailed-on pensionerโ€™s dream, but there was no whiff of Zimmer frame about the ZS 180. Underneath its charity-shop clothing was a honed, lightfooted chassis and a spirited 2.5-litre V6. This blue one was due for a timing belt change, knocking the backside out of its value somewhat, but only if you chose to have the work done. โ€œMuch rather have this than a 328,โ€ said miken2k8, dangerously. โ€œThere goes my plan to get Shed Of The Week by listing mine cheap,โ€ wailed InitialDave. โ€œI own the bumper off Anthony Reidโ€™s BTCC car,โ€ boasted BMR.

Search for a MG ZS here


2. Golf GT TDI (Dec)

Making a late run for SOTY glory was this very honest-looking Golf GT TDI 150 Mk4. Cue plenty of claims that the 1.9 diesel was the best engine ever made, and about as many saying that it was a hateful old dog. You had to admire its toughness, especially when PHer jonwm put up some pics of his mateโ€™s horribly mangled-up six-month-old one (โ€œdid an asteroid hit it?โ€ inquired thiscocks) and then announced that it had somehow been mended and put back on the road. Thankfully, CP03 ECV failed its MOT โ€“ย fourteen years later. Arrgh. โ€œWorst emitting diesels ever in passenger cars,โ€ martin12345 ventured, thought-cities for years,โ€ smirked dan98. โ€œGreat useable performance,โ€ said bassett.

Search for a Mk4 Golf here


1. Ford Fiesta ST150 (Oct)

Topping the 2019 polls for most looked at Shed was this bright as a button Fiesta ST150. For a 2005 example of a car that was more or less designed to be hacked about and generally abused by uncaring youngsters, this ST was in remarkable nick. There wasnโ€™t much love for the red paintwork or the white wheels, and more generically there was a bit of negatory mumbling about the seat catches on these, which are renowned for failing. There was also a whole heap of argy-bargy about the definition of Mk 4 and Mk 5 Fiestas. In many ways it was a perfect PH thread. Most were agreed, however, that this was not only a great first car for someone young and in possession of perfectly coiffed eyebrows, but also a perfectly good twenty-first one for someone who has to wear big underpants to contain unruly grey pubes.

It seems wrong to end any story with the word pubes, so letโ€™s change that right now by wishing all Shedmen and potential Mrs Sheds a peaceful end to 2019 and a totally bangertastic 2020 to come.


Search for a Fiesta ST here

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Original Poster:

26 posts

123 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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When did Mazda make MGs?

Hammer67

4,341 posts

133 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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Inspired by No.8, I bought this old girl.



soad

30,527 posts

125 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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Hammer67 said:
Inspired by No.8, I bought this old girl.


Did well in the BTCC iirc.

hothatchery7

37 posts

24 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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A standard st150 is an entirely lukewarm hatch if that. Fair enough it represents value for money in a sense but it seems most people who rate them haven’t driven 182cups or even 106 gti’s.

Digby

7,286 posts

195 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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Probably should have made a post about my 98 V70-R I picked up for £500 hehe

usualdog1

6 posts

31 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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I'm sure there was an MR2 Roadster one week, that would literally & metaphorically run rings round all of the above.

s m

18,384 posts

152 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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Hammer67 said:
Inspired by No.8, I bought this old girl.


I really enjoyed mine - Nissan’s 405 Mi-16



Sadly written off by someone who used the boot as a brake at traffic lights

thebestlittlecivicintheworld

55 posts

2 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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First negative comment about the fiesta ST I see, clueless.

jase_llan

20 posts

6 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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thebestlittlecivicintheworld said:
First negative comment about the fiesta ST I see, clueless.
He's not entirely wrong, it is only lukewarm in standard form but all it needs is an induction kit and exhaust to get it going.

I currently own two Fiestas, a MK7 ST-swapped MK6 (standard shell) which is not road legal and still in the final stages of building (cage and some niggles)... and a MK6 ST with Mountune MP165 kit as a daily - couldn't think of a better car to drive down the B and A roads to work, returns 40mpg and after brakes, suspension/spacers and engine mount upgrades it handles like it's on rails... Also no slouch once the terrible factory breathing has been fixed (as mentioned above).

jbforce10

158 posts

124 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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The Alfa GTV and the Saab 9-5 from a couple of months ago would get my vote

hothatchery7

37 posts

24 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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thebestlittlecivicintheworld said:
First negative comment about the fiesta ST I see, clueless.
Hardly clueless considering I worked at M-sport for years and obviously we built the Group N mk6 among many others. my point which is highlighted below states they are lukewarm when STANDARD. good chassis but breathing and brakes are shoddy. lazy engine in standard form.

thebestlittlecivicintheworld

55 posts

2 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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One mans lukewarm is another mans ample.

From memory the ST was a decent steer, didn’t need to have the nuts revved off it to make steady progress.

The 182 is a better car and so is the 106 gti, but they’re certainly not a boring car for 1500 quid or less.

SidewaysSi

6,292 posts

183 months

Thursday 26th December 2019
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thebestlittlecivicintheworld said:
One mans lukewarm is another mans ample.

From memory the ST was a decent steer, didn’t need to have the nuts revved off it to make steady progress.

The 182 is a better car and so is the 106 gti, but they’re certainly not a boring car for 1500 quid or less.
But you would look like a tt driving it so could never do that to myself.

thebestlittlecivicintheworld

55 posts

2 months

Friday 27th December 2019
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I don’t think it’s any more tttish than any other hot hatch from that era, in the right colour it’s a bit of a sleeper

can't remember

868 posts

77 months

Friday 27th December 2019
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I was laughed at for saying the 306 shed was dull. Glad to see it do so well in the end of year top 10. biggrin

V12GT

49 posts

39 months

Friday 27th December 2019
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Great Sheds this year - I particularly liked the potential Brave Pill of the X300 Jag and the RX-8.

greenarrow

1,872 posts

66 months

Friday 27th December 2019
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hothatchery7 said:
A standard st150 is an entirely lukewarm hatch if that. Fair enough it represents value for money in a sense but it seems most people who rate them haven’t driven 182cups or even 106 gti’s.
Well I don't know about that, but Tiff Needell lapped both the 182 and ST around the old 1.1 mile Anglesea circuit and the Fiesta was only 0.9 seconds slower, so it wasn't too shabby, even as standard.

I think people are slightly missing the point with the SOTY. Sure the ST wasn't a class leading hot hatch, but this particular example was particularly well looked after and likely would provide pain free ownership and fun for its new owner.


thebestlittlecivicintheworld

55 posts

2 months

Friday 27th December 2019
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No, no, apparently a 1500 quid or less car needs to be above all others in it’s class, in terms of not only performance, but also reliability and desirability biggrin

Pericoloso

41,495 posts

112 months

Friday 27th December 2019
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FIAT takes 20% of the Shed top 10.

Winning !

hothatchery7

37 posts

24 months

Saturday 28th December 2019
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greenarrow said:
hothatchery7 said:
A standard st150 is an entirely lukewarm hatch if that. Fair enough it represents value for money in a sense but it seems most people who rate them haven’t driven 182cups or even 106 gti’s.
Well I don't know about that, but Tiff Needell lapped both the 182 and ST around the old 1.1 mile Anglesea circuit and the Fiesta was only 0.9 seconds slower, so it wasn't too shabby.
That’s basically a second a mile slower, which is actually quite a lot. as said below I realise it’s not a question of which class leading car can be picked up for shed money. But I’d definitely be spending my 1500 quid elsewhere.