Practical Classics (UK) - - THE BIG RESTORATION -

From rusty worn-out farm­hand to stun­ning us­able clas­sic, this car’s trans­for­ma­tion has been ex­cep­tional. The colour scheme is ex­actly to my taste, red with con­trast­ing black de­cals, spoil­ers and BBS replica al­loy cen­tres – I’d never tire of look­ing at it.

The en­gine fires with a gruffer than stan­dard sound – no bad thing – thanks to the in­duc­tion sys­tem’s air fil­ter, and throt­tle blips elicit a sat­is­fy­ingly sport­ing ex­haust note.

On the move it’s a re­ally ea­ger per­former, but it’s ac­tu­ally the han­dling that’s the star of the show here; feed­back through the Irm­scher sports steer­ing wheel is crack­ing, and trans­mits the nu­ances of the road sur­face per­fectly to your fin­ger­tips. As we say in Scot­land, it’s a right wee stoater.

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