You’d think with my track record and that headline, that this post would be about GM.
But it’s not.
It’s me. Wondering whether to stick to my 99 Turbo or upgrade to a more recent model.
In short, the dilemma is this. I love the 99. I saved it from a trip to the wreckers, fitted a new gearbox and turbo, sold it, bought it back again because I missed it, and have been driving it ever since.
The plan has been to sell a block of land that we have here in Tassie and then use a small portion of the proceeds to restore it to a decent standard. I had a really nice red 99 Turbo until earlier this year and put it in one car show here and I had a ball, lining up with all the other cars and just hanging out with other enthusiasts. As it is, though, my white 99 is not yet close to being up to this sort of standard, and may take some substantial investment to get there.
The seats need re-trimming. It needs a little rust surgery (very minor) and a full paint job. The roof lining has been removed and a new one is required.
Currently, I have an Alpine-Saab stereo with CD changer waiting to go into the car and the wheels are prepped and ready for repainting. The mechanicals are all OK, with the exception of the shocks, which need to be replaced.
So, the question is: do I go to work on this baby, or put the money into something more modern and with a little less distinctiveness, but more comfort, speed and longevity?
I’m thinking that either a 900 or 9000 Aero would satisfy. The first time I sold the 99, I bought a 900 Turbo. it didn’t leave me with a great impression, though that was mainly down to the fact that it was an auto. I think a newer manual car would provide me with the platform I need.
But then there’s the historical significance of the 99 Turbo. There’s few around and even fewer in good condition. Restoring this one won’t be cheap, but it might be less costly than buying a really good condition 900 or 9000. And could I ever part with the 99??
All thoughts appreciated. As you can see I’m in two minds about this one.
For Greg Abbott’s benefit (see comments), here’s some pictures of my old 99 Turbo, the red one I sold earlier this year with only 80,000km on the clock.