A couple of days ago, whilst browsing the eBay tat thread (as you do), I was alerted to a local ZX.
How local you ask?
About 4 miles away local!
The listing looked promising, there was enough detail to go on and I got the impression this could be a nice car. So I quickly messaged the seller, and arranged a viewing on Sunday. No collection thread as it was literally a bus journey from my work to view, and I didn't really see much shite worthy on the way there.
Turns out the seller was younger than me, and decided he just didn't want it anymore. So, despite me intending to try and knock the price down, I couldn't. I wanted it so badly that I mentally forced myself to hand over full asking price. I kept saying to the seller stuff like 'oooo it's quite rare to have a ZX with a carb engine now' 'did you know this shares an engine with the BX and AX' etc etc, great bargaining tactics!
Anyway, as I don't yet have a full licence (roll on July), one of my best friends helped me transport it back. Insurance for one day was arranged, and with the short MOT expiring on the 27th, time was of the essence. He ended up loving driving it, I was absolutely convinced something would happen to it on the way back but he drove it tenderly and carefully. No one got too close either, weirdly.
Anyway, enough talk! Photos:
The 1360cc engine in all its glory. 43600 miles on the clock, and incredibly regular servicing has helped this car. Remember, it had the same owner from 1992-2015.
The super blue interior really sold it to me. It is immaculate. And bonus, everything works. Such a weird spec on this car, Avantage models weren't by any means top of the pops but it has (one) electric mirror, a full electric sunroof, electric windows, a sun shade for the rear window, and one of the most uncluttered (perfect) dashboards ever.
The car itself. Some parking knocks from its 24 years, but overall, very nice. No signs of rust really, although a scratch on the OFS rear arch has got a touch of the oxide, so sanding down will beckon shortly. There's a ripple in the door too, from the same incident.
The guy I bought it off of had managed to get some service history (2008-present) from going to a local dealer and them printing it, and even that shows how much love the original owner had for this car. In 7 years, he spent over £3500 on the car.
Also, whilst it isn't as good as invoices, look at the service book!
Same dealer, various franchises. They even spill onto the next page. Jeez.
Oddly, despite the old boy buying it in London new, he lived about 4 miles away from where the car now is.
I'll post updates when I can, but the plan is to keep it original and keep it going for as long as possible. I may ask for help on the odd occasion!
I'm quite pleased with it to be honest.