I did a lot of London driving in my (company) Mk2 Cavalier automatic and really, driving position excepted, it was close to ideal. So I’d go for a Y*suffix Mk2 Cavalier Saloon. In Red. Either SRi (for the Recaros, wheels, and tyres). Although some days I would wish I had gone for a CD with it’s power steering and air-con. Whatever, It must have a Philips AC 741 digital radio option.
**That puts it out of the 40 year bracket, so temporarily I will have to settle for an X plate SR and it’s carburrated 90hp.