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