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Old 20th March 2017, 21:29   #21
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Lol, you obviously dont read much on here then, some members just cant leave their car alone. They may not be boy-racers, but I reckon some come close and fit the bill quite nicely, naming no names of course.
I am definitely bordering the boy racer type even tho i am in my 50's
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Old 20th March 2017, 21:44   #22
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I am definitely bordering the boy racer type even tho i am in my 50's
I've removed my (witty) reply as it's taking the post off thread..
It's about how many are left not about modding cars
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Old 20th March 2017, 21:50   #23
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I've not been on here that long... I personally think any dealer or monogram upgrades you do yourself are all good. Chrome and walnut the 75 to the max, dealer upgrades on zt also all good.
Did someone mention chrome
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Old 20th March 2017, 23:01   #24
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I know someone who has SIX MG ZTs. All 1.8t cars. Three currently taxed and Mot-ed, three on SORN. Three MK1s and three MK2s and all nice to tidy condition examples.

If you look after them and have space to store if not being driven, nice ones will appreciate in value.

Twenty years ago, folks used to leave MG Montegos, Maestros and Metros with number plates removed by the roadside for the Council to clear away. Try buying a nice example of any of those cars now and you will be in for a shock.

Here's two local MG Montegos left by the roadside for others to clear away some years ago.





Both those MG Montegos showed up in local yards soon after I took those images.

Tidy MG Montegos now fetch several thousands. Decent MG Maestro Turbos fetch silly high money.

It's a racing certainty that will happen to our ZTs and 75s in time.

Meantime, I'm enjoying using and maintaining mine.
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Old 21st March 2017, 01:34   #25
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That is an absolute beauty.

You're a lucky man
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Look after zt and it could be worth a few grand in 10 years but its not an investment as it needs money spent on it during those years and it won't be worth mega money like some fords. I bought a 89 BMW 325i sport in early 00s for 1k, try getting one now for less than 10k, my pal sold his astra GTE for 9k and his 205 gti for 6k, wish I kept mine. At least the zt is pretty much depreciation free
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Old 21st March 2017, 08:19   #27
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Still have a very early 190+ and spent hundred of hours and hundreds ney probably over a £1K restoring it so far many dealership upgrades fitted from the original fit plus a few not so dealership mods. Its a keeper to be honest but will be used regularly once MOTed.



There are a few owned by enthusiasts now who will keep them going. A lot more than a 51 Mondeo or Vectra
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I am definitely bordering the boy racer type even tho i am in my 50's
Gary, nowt wrong with that, yours does look nice. I myself was a complete boy-racer in my day, I still have that itch when I see a 6th Gen Celica.

I think for any of our cars to appreciate in value with so few left need to be kept original as possible, its the same scenario when it comes to selling. All those little personalised mods ones does can pose a potential problem and alienate a lot of buyers, I suppose it all depends what mods we are talking about, its a slippery slope.
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I think for any of our cars to appreciate in value with so few left need to be kept original as possible, its the same scenario when it comes to selling. All those little personalised mods ones does can pose a potential problem and alienate a lot of buyers, I suppose it all depends what mods we are talking about, its a slippery slope.
As long as the mods are lightweight and the car can be returned to original spec easily, no problem. I do not find seriously modified cars an attractive purchase although good to look at. I believe most folks feel like that. It is not difficult to maintain these 75/ZT cars to a reasonable standard and cost level and use them as daily drivers.

My twenty year old Rover 620ti and my thirty-two year old MG Montego turbos drive as well as the day they left the showrooms all those years ago. No modifications except they are on different MG Alloy Wheels they left the production lines with. Easy to return to original. Rocket Science it aint. The Montego is worth much more now than I paid for it all those years ago. I have turned down several tempting offers.

Our 75/ZTs, unlike so many other more highly regarded cars I could mention which have hit their owners very hard financially are a doddle to maintain properly without much expense. I'm talking thousands to repair and maintain those so called "superior" cars.

Still fresh in my ears are the words of an "always buys German" friend.

You cannot beat German Engineering and Reliability John.

He never says that to me now and for good reason. When I gave him a lift in my MG ZT a while back, he was visibly impressed and said so. Like so many other Brits with that mindset, when the time came to buy their new car, they stayed away from Rover and MG showrooms in their thousands. Their loss and indirectly ours in more ways than one. Quite often to their costly loss and the car they bought they came to realise is not all that after all despite what they read in the Consumer and Motoring Press. Advertising revenues play a part here.

Leave a thousand quid in a Bank or Building Society and see what it's worth in ten years. Where's the fun or interest ( .. .. ) in that. That tidy 75/ZT bought for rather less will appreciate far more during those years.
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Old 21st March 2017, 11:07   #29
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Those pics look great - mine needs some more work, sadly, but once that MOT is done, the part arrives and is fitted, I shall be very glad to get out once more into the Welsh borders and those nice winding lanes in the hills.... like dying and going to heaven... :-)
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Old 21st March 2017, 12:43   #30
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The ZT 190 is a rare beast over this side of the pond. Probably something to do with the annual €1080 road tax cost. This is a particular pain to endure but I still want to drive this great car and people say i'm mad.

I have the MOT equivalent coming up later today (retest due to no airbag light, €20 job and holed back box €140).

Having never abused the car or driven it with menace I still like to solid feeling, the sporty sound, the good looks and the virtual uniqueness of the beast over here.

Fingers crossed for another year on the road at least.


Just passed the test - Hard to keep a good thing off the road!

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