Several people on The Internet told me I should buy a G-reg Proton. So I did.
The car has been in the same family from new, has been written off a couple of times, has mis-matched front panels (due to the most recent write-off), a taped-up sunroof, smells of dog, has two days of MOT left, has a 'braking issue' and has an oil leak. Naturally, I had to have it. Well, it was scrap value. I could hardly refuse. Even Mrs DW thought it was a good idea. I must check if she's been drinking again...
The engine bay is not concours. No-one seemed to know why the brake master cylinder and servo are covered in white gunk.
Having actually taken it for a test drive, and confirmed that it could at least stop, I handed over some loose change and we had a merry Malaysian convoy back home.
The Proton won the race, on account of actually having enough torque to get up hills. However, on the downside, the nearside front brake started binding quite badly halfway home. I wondered what a World Champion would do in this situation, but thankfully did not consider smashing my car into my 'opponents' because I'm not a twat. #topical
It's a very jolly thing to drive, though there's a big flat spot under two-thirds throttle. I suspect it wouldn't mind a service, though it did seem better for a bit of an Italian tune-up. I can see why folk lapped them up though. It's just not even slightly unpleasant to drive.
The inside is mostly grey and filth.
The original Blaupunkt stereo cassette player works, though not tested with tapes yet.
Aeroback styling is ACE!
A tailgate leak has also been fixed*.
So, a very boring caper really, and now nothing is going to happen to it for some time, as the Bluebird is the priority. I can't really afford to insure it, so it may have to wait for a space to free up. It'll be interesting to see whether I prefer the Bluebird or the Proton, but I suspect the latter will edge it...