i wanted to offer it the 145/6 fans first, so before it goes online and elsewhere, the first to come up wit £500 or close too, get a 145 Cloverleaf 2.0 TS.
I bought it just a few weeks ago, still haven't got the v5 back actually, and never did know what i was going to do with it if i'm honest, but it is mechanically great, engine, clutch, gearbox, suspension, steering, brakes (big drilled and grooved discs up front!) all spot on.
I drove it back 50miles after being stood for best part of 3 years, and it was very strong, quick and as usual very repsonsive, certainly nothing wrong with the important bits.
it has done about 90k, but the only faults i can find are a blowing exhaust, and possibly the AFM as the idle is a bit off, it drives spot on!
Typically for a red car, particularly a stood red car, it is nineteen different shades of rosso 130, but it may improve with a good compound and polish, i haven't tried, but it didn't really bother me as i considered painting the whole car myself anyway to eliminate the small body faults i'll now describe.
there is no rust anywhere, all seem really nice and solid, but there is a crease to the rear nearside corner, a good rub mark on the nearside wing, and a funny sort of dent, about 5p sized on the bonnet, but as you can see these are not rusty at all, in fact appear to be in galvanised sections, so should be an easy and cheap diy repair if they bother you that much.
interior is just grubby, and with a valet should be really really nice, although i can see a small patch of what looks like chewing gum on both drivers and passenger front seat bases, not serious and again should be quite improveable.
as a cloverleaf, it is sporty adjustable seats, sunroof, leccy windows/mirrors etc, all working fine if a little slow, improving all the time.
i have spotted that there is one wheel bolt broke, havent had chance to look at it yet but it drove home at motorway speeds, and err, a bit more, wiothout any issue whatsoever so nothing is threatening to detach itself or work lose, but i will have a look at it if i can, and should have a spare somehwere i can repalce it with.
as a stood car there is no tax or mot, but i don't mind putting it through an mot for the full asking price of £500, i would be very surprised if it failed or was advised on anything other than what i already know about, the blowing exhaust and the wheel bolt, as i said, the drive home with it was fantastic, no issues whatsoever.
if you want to know/see any more, i will be available most of next week at the workshop where the car is, so can get more pictures etc of it, or meet you therte for view/test.
treat yourself to a winter runaround, fancy a fast track car perhaps, or just diy improve it very cheaply and grab a bargain, £500 with an mot, or offers of less without mot,
who could say no to that????