All such good and considered advice, thank you all!
What a great forum - a really warm reception for a complete 'outsider'
Interesting observation from Mr. pbar: It does appear I've already half talked myself into Capri ownership.
Some real food for thought in everyone's comments.
Things I hadn't thought about:
1 -The unleaded fuel issue:
Can the higher grade petrol be used or is it a definite fuel additive situation? What do you guys do?
even though I only anticipate 3-4000miles per year, this racks up over a few years.
Otherwise, how much for a head conversion do you think?
2 - Lack of modern safety equipment:
Actually I had thought about this one but maybe not hard enough so am putting it in the 'Cons' list.
The last few cars we've run(Mini excluded) have all been a bit old-school so we're not adverse to this but it is something I'll need to talk about with my wife.
Mind you, I didn't mention that it was she who was happy to ferry the little darlings around in an old Fiat 500(yes, that one!)
Maintenance-wise; though I won't be able to do an engine rebuild, I'm reasonably capable of ancillary parts maintenance/replacement, and am happy dealing with small stuff.
Can jack up and get under the car and don't mind getting stuck in......Just don't want it happening on a regular basis.
If the car just keeps failing time after time, then my (and wife's) patience will wear thin.
If it's something a bit more involved and needs some professional grade equipment, then I'm friendly with the old-fashioned garage round the corner who are kind of helpful jack-of-all trades but shy away from anything 'exotic'.
My guess is a Capri wouldn't be too intimidating for them.
I'd plan on getting something that has a thorough check thru for upcoming problems. It would have to be a very presentable turn-key example, not a sort of running restoration(nothing against those of course, sorry, as I do love these too)
Good point about the kids getting bigger(scarily fast!!).
I think as long as they're comfortable for 2-3 more years, we'll take a view on what to do then.
I'm thinking that whatever we do, a Capri will hold it's price well should the worst happen and we have to sell.
We are actually very accustomed to travelling light (due to my wife's penchance for small cars) and are forgiving of cars if they have a nice personality ...... like a Capri
Unfortunately, as good as Sierra may be, she-who-must-be-obeyed would dismiss that straight away as it's not on her personal 'Cool Wall'.
If I'm not being rude/nosey; Peter -S, what part of Kent do you live in?
I'm in Lewisham and you may be fairly close-by?
Lastly, I see that Stillmans in Hildenborough have a nice looking one for sale - don't know if you know of it - I think it's from the owners personal collection?
Maybe I should see if we can all fit in there and get a general impression.https://www.stillmans.co.uk/used-cars/s ... eType=cars
I'm sure there's more to talk about, but I'd best get on with some work!!
Thanks again guys,