After a shed load of motors, I've finally bought a Zaffy.
I saw this particular one many months before I bought it. It sat unloved in a corner of a garage near where I live. I made enquiries and discovered it had failed the M.o.T on a few items. I used to drive past it almost every day and felt crestfallen that nobody had stepped in and saved the old girl from certain death.
It's a very early (June '99) 1.6 Comfort, only a couple of owners from new. Some dings and dents here and there but it's been a working car all it's life.
I felt quite sorry for it with it's half-deflated tyres and mouldy paintwork.
I did think there was absolutely no way this would actually start and run, but a fresh battery installed and the thing started on the first turn of the key. It settled down to a smooth idle and I was pleasantly surprised at how it ran - it's one of the quietest Ecotec's I've ever heard. I knew then I had to save it! Clutch and gearbox are fine but the brakes on the rear are absolutely shot, a combination of it sitting idle, a snapped handbrake cable and partial seizing on one side of the rear. Negotiations followed and a price was agreed.
I got it transported home and gave it a good valet. Amazing at how filthy it was! I fitted some wheeltrims to smarten the bus up a bit - a bargain £5 from the scrapyard. (I will be buying a lot of things from here to spruce her up...)
Plan is to put it in for an M.o.T and fix everything that needs doing. Not a huge list but enough to be getting on with. My daily car will be sold to fund the repairs and then I shall have a cheap and decent 7-seater! Ideal for our (potentially) growing family. I do also plan to do some upgrades along the way.