Value My Clas­sic

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WHO Gavin Bushby WHAT 1990 Fiat Tem­pra 1.8SX ie. MILES 56,000 PROVE­NANCE The old­est sur­vivor? MODS None HOW MANY LEFT? 38 (var­i­ous Tem­pra mod­els)

HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT?

I re­cently bought the car via eBay, un­seen and from North Scot­land – I didn’t ac­tu­ally know what would ap­pear on the trans­porter! Luck­ily, the more I look at it, the bet­ter it is. At the re­cent Prac­ti­cal Clas­sics Restora­tion Show it got loads of at­ten­tion and peo­ple re­ally couldn’t be­lieve the con­di­tion. Pretty much ev­ery­one had for­got­ten the Tem­pra ex­isted. It turns out that there are only two Tem­pra 1.8SXs left here, and this is the only one on the road, and cer­tainly the only one from 1990. Could it be the old­est Tem­pra left in the UK? I’d love to know.

HOW MUCH HIS­TORY?

It’s a launch month car, and very likely a dealer demon­stra­tor, due to the spec – it’s got elec­tric win­dows and sun­roof, elec­tric and heated mir­rors, rear sun blinds, au­to­matic heat­ing sys­tem and fully au­to­matic heated driver’s seat. And yes, I know what you’re think­ing, but it all works. It’s in amaz­ing un­mo­lested con­di­tion, with only 56,000 miles. The first owner stopped driv­ing, and the car was stored for years. It had its first elec­tronic MoT last Septem­ber, so it must have been off the road for at least ten years.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO ON IT?

Noth­ing now. The in­te­rior is pretty much mint – even the dig­i­tal dash works per­fectly – and it drives bril­liantly. It’s com­pletely stan­dard. It’s had new Yoko­hama tyres all round and the track­ing done. That was £350 worth, but boy did it trans­form the han­dling.

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