My friend Steve who's wedding it was taught me sharing cars is even more fun than just having them so if it is out while you are here I would be pleased to take you out in it.
I had to jump start my E-Type once from my Visa at a Citroen show, that made them laugh at me!
@SiC Just my twopenneth...
I had a 1982 520i and for various reasons (impending mortgage, looming bills - clutch and welding etc) I got rid of it. And 20 years on, it's one of only 2 or 3 cars I really wish I'd kept. And that includes a 1275GT.
Horses for courses and all that, but the Mini was a real laugh and all that but it was also capable of rusting-while-you-wait, and having to take the bonnet off for any routine maintainence became a ballache, as opposed to the headache if I'd left it on. I WAS determined to run it on a budget, time and moneywise as I had a lot of things going on, but it exhausted my time, wallet and enthusiasm pretty quickly. Made a "Wheeler Dealers" type profit when I sold it (ie not accounting for my time). Would I have another? Yes, with the proviso that I'd be able to afford a decent one, it would have to be a 2nd or 3rd car, and I'd be able to afford to pay someone else to take care of it.
The Beemer.... I bought it out of "Loot" for £not much and spent NOTHING on it in the 18 months I had it. It had faults, yeah, but nothing too horrendous, all filed in the "ignore drawer". The MoT waqs looming and it had some grot that I couldn't be arsed to fix, and an earthing problem which meant the OSR lamp cluster was like a disco light when I put the indicators on. Looking back, I could have fixed it, but at the time life was in the way.
FAT BLOKE RECCOMENDS: Fix 520i, blat about, GR8 4 DRIFTIN, then decide. Prices are going up, so I don't see how you'd lose.
And have a go in a Mini before you commit OBVS, they're noisy, uncomfortable, bouncy....but a good one is 10feet of grin.
TL:DR fix Bimmer then drive a Mini