Hi guys, I’m Luke and I’m very new to this forum.
I’ll start off with a quick introduction. When I was three years old, I was lucky enough to get access to my dad’s Playstation 1 once a week, and was allowed about half an hour of play time. On this PS1, there was only one thing I played - Gran Turismo 2. I played that game each week, without fail, for about two years straight, until I finally had enough skill to actually finish decently in races, and earn money. And when I had earned some money, I bought a Mitsubishi GTO.
And that’s where my love affair started - at the tender age of five, back when the only other things that I were worried about were what biscuit I’d have when I got home from school, and then how long after that I’d be allowed to have another biscuit.
I passed my test a couple years ago and bought myself a Mitsubishi Lancer, nice enough 2008 car that my small import business funded. I considered myself very lucky, but at the time I had drifted away from being the car nut that I once was.
And slowly but surely, I became car mad once again. And with that, back came my obsession with the Mitsubishi GTO. I saw them on eBay for £1000, and all of a sudden they were an achieveable dream - I mean at that point I didn’t know that pretty much every £1000 GTO will cost you about three times that just to get into some kind of working condition, but I had now firmly placed the GTO back into my future priorities.
And now I sit here, somehow in a position to actually buy one. I don’t know how it happened, I guess car sales pays better than I thought it would, but it’s come to the point in my life where, still living with my parents for the forseeable future, I can genuinely think about completing this life goal.
Now it’s a bit late to be asking advice on what to look for as I’m actually supposed to be going to look at the car tonight - it’s a 1991 GTO Automatic, and I’ve meticulously gone through the very useful buyers guide that I found on here a few days ago. By the sounds of it from impartial friends who have seen the car close up, it seems to tick most of the boxes - it’s got just over 40k miles on the clock, has a few months MOT left on it, and is apparently in brilliant condition with the exception of a bit of top-panel lacquer peel and a very small scuff on the front bumper.
So if I go see it, and it does all the things it should, I’ll probably buy it. The big question I have however, is how well do these cars store? Basically, while I’m in a position to buy and run it, due to the time of year, cost of insurance and cost of road tax, I don’t really want to be paying to run it for the winter, when I’ll barely use the thing. I’ve found some dry car storage very local to me (around five minutes drive away) which I can pop it into for £10 a week over the winter. But is this especially detrimental to the car itself? The plan would be to store it until after my birthday in February, when it suddenly becomes somewhat reasonable to insure the car on a specialist or classic policy, and then once March comes around get it onto the road (after doing transmission oil/filter, engine oil/filter, air filter and anything else that needs doing) and make the most of it over the year, possibly selling it if it becomes too much of a financial burden (i.e. if it starts costing more than around £800 a month just to upkeep and fuel etc.)
I’m sorry for the massive first post, but I thought I’d give some background to myself. I realise that in many cases, this is a horrendously bad idea, but due to the nature of lust I have for the car, I think it’s just something I have to do at one point or another in my life, and with the prices of these starting to climb a little, I think there really is no time like the present