Value My Clas­sic

Ev­ery week, we give a mar­ket val­u­a­tion based on your de­scrip­tion and pho­tos.

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - HAS IT BEEN MOD­I­FIED? No.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

Just a few weeks. The last owner, who’d had it for over 16 years and could no longer drive it, of­fered me the car for an ir­re­sistible £200. The 440 SXi was a run-out model with a slightly odd spec­i­fi­ca­tion – it has lux­u­ries like air­con, heated seats and tinted glass, but you have to wind the win­dows your­self. I have checked on­line and there are only 20 of them left on the road, just six of which with the four-speed auto like mine. It drives re­ally nicely and its Re­nault-sourced 1.7-litre en­gine is quite lively.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

Ev­ery­thing back to Septem­ber 1999, when the last own­ers bought it near Rom­ford in Es­sex with 41,000 on the clock for £3995. They’ve kept all the re­ceipts from since then, in­clud­ing ev­ery tax disc and MoT it was ever is­sued. Not that the car ever needed much do­ing to it other than ser­vic­ing – just a pair front wish­bones and two al­ter­na­tors were re­placed in the time that they owned it.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

It hasn’t had a proper ser­vice for sev­eral years, though as it has only been cov­er­ing around 1000 miles a year and was al­ways kept MoT’d I’m not wor­ried about that. I’ve just done a big ser­vice my­self and re­placed all the car’s flu­ids, and found no sur­prises. All it needs now is a set of tyres as they are all old and worn and none match.

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