For Shed, a classic car is one that looks, sounds and feels faster than it is. That way he can continue using the same specs that he's worn for driving for the last 30 years, ignoring pleas from the opticians to come in for a re-test. He would do if he could find it.
Anyway, there are a number of cars that obviously fit this bill. Most of them are superminis like the Citroen AX GT, 106 GTI and the like, but Mrs Shed refuses to get in them. Or to put it more accurately, she can't get in them. While this would seem to be an upside rather than a downside, Shed's fear of physical violence requires him to look elsewhere.
You can play sweet music on the K-series (Mazda/Ford's, not Rover's). It's no VTEC, but the tacho invites you up to 7,000rpm and the fuel keeps pumping until 7,800. Our SOTW ad puts the power at just 95hp. That's a typo: it's more like 134hp, and that peak output arrives at the redline, so it's actually your duty to run it into the red zone. Here's somebody doing just that, recording an unofficial 0-62mph in 7.5 secs on some nameless Eastern bloc back street.
As you can sort of discern from that vid, Mazda tried to release some V6 rasp via a variable length intake manifold (VLIM) and a Variable Resonance Induction System. To fully liberate the V6 madness, you can fit the block, heads and injectors from the 2.5 MX-6 (or Xedos 9 - remember that?), or indeed the whole engine as it's dimensionally the same. A Japanese-spec 2.5 will deliver 200hp with just an ECU change, but you'd be losing Shed at that point because his specs wouldn't be able to keep up.
MX-3 advertising film. This vid is talking about the Eunos Presso, a domestic-market 'partner car' for the Eunos MX-5 that came with a viscous limited slip diff. Aftermarket LSD kits for regular MX-3s are (or were, at least) available, but the standard TTL rear-steer gubbins does invest the normal MX-3 with a touch of faux-RWD-iness.
It won't be a cheap car to fuel, and MX-3 parts prices can be on the dear side, but with luck you won't need many of them because they have a handy reputation for reliability. Any smoke from the zorst could mean leaking valve stem seals, and distributors have been known to go wonky, causing hot-start cutouts.
Otherwise the news is good. Post-'94 B-spec engines like this one have non-interference valvetrains so you can either be a good boy and replace the belts at 60,000-mile intervals or simply run them until they snap. Thankfully, Mazda didn't go down the German cost-saving route of using plastic for tensioners or water pump impellers.
Remarkably, there's not a single mention of corrosion anywhere on the MOT history. Even the notoriously vulnerable underside has somehow escaped the ravages of our salty roads. That is not far short of incredible for one of these, and this car has been priced up to reflect the fact.
Whether anyone will actually spring £1450 for it is another matter. The interior is about as exciting as a wet weekend in Skeggy, with two-tone grey velour seats, a busman's steering wheel and (in this case) the dreaded curly mats. MX-3s also had a weirdly long ignition key which was prone to snapping off if inserted a bit too vigorously. Feel free to add your own Mrs Shed joke there.
Stunning RARE Classic car. V6
MOT till 26th March 2018
Electric windows and sunroof
Great for it's age