First up was my S reg 1998 registered Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 full reg was S322 Sag. It was a Breeze trim so it had colour coded bumpers and a nice black interior. Since it was my first car i did love it but i soon released just how slow it was. It was fine for around town driving but if you needed to ever take anything or pull out on the motorway it just wouldn’t cut it. i paid around £300o for the corsa way back in 2003, and sold it about 1 year later for £1500.
The picture is poor but its the only one i have
My 2nd car has to be my favourite, it had a personality which was also the flaw for the car. i originally went looking for a Ford Escort RS Turbo but came home with a Fiesta RS Turbo.
A 1990 H989 GJO Fiesta RS Turbo, it had little in the way of creature comforts no ABS, PAS or Airbag but the recaro bucket seats where so comfortable.
A week or so after having it she started over heating on short runs this gradually got worse until decided to have no more and completely boiled over reversing into my drive.
£500 later a new head gasket and top end re build and we where on our way to Well Lane Turbo centre in batley. I had a few running issues with her, that in my inexperience i didnt see. On colder nights she would boost really strongly and it was great, until PSI was hitting 1bar around 13 psi and this would cause her to splut and cough and she’d be in limp mode. At Well Lane they turned the PSI down to a modest 8PSI and on the rolling road, she put out a healthly 149.8 BHP not bad for a near standard RS which should run around 133BHP.
Fuel started to become a drain on my money as i’d be lucky to get 200 miles out of a tank and already paying a high £1800 for Third party insurance my time was limited with my faithful RS.
To be honest she was a bit rough around the edges, but then i only paid £2100 so i didn’t expect a mint car. i think the garage was in the garage as much as it was out for various seals and gaskets blowing out and leaking, then one day came the dreaded news, the bottom end had started knocking, it did slowly get worse and i was told to only expect to get another 6 months out of it before it would need doing again. But been short on cash i decided to sell the Fiesta on.
I’d love to get another RS now as they have so much passion about them the smell of petrol when the turbo is whistling away always brighten my day up.
This is the Fiesta as i bought her, within days i had new tyres on the orginal Ford 3 spoke alloys and had those back and i replaced the manky looking fog light as well.
After i’d sold my RS i had a brief spell driving the work van, until i went a bit mad and when jap and bought a Toyota Starlet GT Turbo (i notice a trend here)
I bought the GT for about £2700 and sold it for £2000. I’d probably still have this car if i had more patience with it, since it was my fault for putting a daft exhaust on it which caused the turbo to smoke. it was only due to lack of back pressure that cause this and putting a washer between the backbox and exhaust tip apparently solved this.
I kept the starlet for just over a year before i decided to get rid of it. it was a 1993 k reg jap import and to be honest it wasn’t even close to the fiesta, although it did pull 149BHP on a rolling road. K910 DHN was the full registration and it went to the manchester arera.
I will say that the starlet was fun to drive but it just didnt feel as raw as the fiesta.
after the starlet i had another period of driving the work van around for probably around a year before i decided to buy a Ford Sport Ka SE.
Ok so some thought it was gay but i had my reasons for buying this, ka’s handle really well, so with the Sport having a wider front track it should technically be even better, ford have never made a bad hot hatch, it looked like it had been on steroids and i kind of liked the looks.
I bought the car a a present for my self on my 23rd birthday. i paid just just over £5000 for the KA Sport but it was the colour i wanted had a few optional extras as well like heated mirrors and a 6 cd player.
I soon put a K&N induction kit on as it sounded a bit hairdryery at higher revs, it sounded rather beefy with it new induction kit so i decided that it should be lowered, i found some eibach springs on ebay for £60 which lowered the car by 30mm. These springs also where a ford recommended option.
The Ka Sport was soon transformed and looked a lot better for been lowered. This car handled like a dream, i knew that where i pointed it it would go and i could really corner well without pushing myself or the car. the only thing it lacked was some extra power in my eyes another 20/30bhp would of suited, or even a 16v engine over the 8v that they opted for.
I only had 2 gripes with the Ka Front lower arms i had to have mine replaced and you had to get genuine ford ones, i once fell for a cheaper arm but ended paying more as it only lasted a few days before it failed. Tyres front ones only lasted about 4,000 miles. and they weren’t cheapo’s they where Toyo Proxi TR1’s.
I’m currently running around in a vauxhall corsavan which aids me to do my car valeting work around ripon harrogate and leeds areas