I had one when I was about 19, as a stop gap inbetween VW Beetles. My bug was stolen (in Brum), and I was due to go camping in the Gower on a boys trip and needed a vehicle! I had no insurance on the Bug so funds were extremely tight. Picked my Dyane up from Sheffield on a very wet, gloomy afternoon, after leaving my final Civil Engineering law exam early so I could catch the train from Brum (see my priorities there.....!)
My fine example cost me £80! Yes £80! It had an MOT and a bit of tax left on it. The owner (a friend of my sister), left the "keys" for me under their bin outside the front door as they were at work. In return I left the £80 and off I went. The "keys" consisted of a couple of wires coupled to a fantastically large RED starter button, which you plugged in under the dash to get her going. No locks on the doors.
I was only expecting a vehicle that if I was lucky would get me back to Brum then onto the Gower for a week before being scrapped. But No! This little yellow beauty ran and ran, with the exception of an alarming power outage on the M5 (luckily it was just the big red button had come disconnected).
On a sunny day, with the roof pulled right back and my Technics 3D Super woofer boom box on the back seat, life couldn't have been better. It rolled hilariously, was incredibly slow but was immense fun.
After the summer she was replaced with a lovely 1965 Bug, and parked up in a field by my parents house, where she was used for off roading for a few years, before finally being scrapped.
Thoroughly enjoyed that little car! But...probably wouldn't buy another.
Silver 156 GTA SW, Q2, Koni FSD's, Eibach springs and anti-roll bars, CDA induction, re-map, Wizard/Pud exhaust - fantastic!