Both my Base and GLX had been owned from new by elderly male owners.
The difference between them was that I reckon the base had always been garaged, whereas I know the GLX had always been parked on a street. I think the Base had been dealer maintained for the first 13 years, and things had been kept just about ticking over since.
Whereas the GLX had really had the absolute minimum of maintenance, probably for a good 10 years or so.
E.g. the coolant pipe that always rots out was new for example on the base but unchanged on the GLX
I think even if the GLX had been made to live on - and it was possible, otherwise I wouldn't have considered offering it on here - it still needed a lot spending on it to maintain it over the next 2-3 years - and really, no-one is interested in low spec models. I noticed recently that one of the base models for sale this year on eBay hasn't been taxed since March, so may be given up on.
So while the GLX had lived in the central London micro-climate and is virtually rust free, it really wasn't a brilliant prospect all in all - unless you could do some work yourself.
Shame really. But a learning experience, and I can now focus on getting the blue one through to classic* status. I wouldn't by another one now.