It’s been a while since we updated you on our quest to turn £0 into a Porsche 911 for BEN by 2011.
But there’s finally some good news to report. Two of our three Mazda MX-5s have finally got through their MOTs and are just about ready for sale.
Matt Kendell of White’s Motors, Portsmouth, and his team have been working hard to get G799 OCW and H109 XGH through their tests.
The guys have worked really hard to sort the cars out and even managed to persuade Unipart to chip in with service kits for both cars free of charge.
G799 has already had the work done including new plugs, air filter, fresh oil and oil filter – and it’s now running like a dream. H109 will have the work done this week.
The only problem with the cars now is how they look. The paintwork on G799 is in need of some serious buffing while H109 isn’t quite as bad, but does still need work. Thankfully Autoglym have offered to give both the works on Monday. It has a team of valeters that can bring back most cars from the brink so we’ve booked them in for the once over.
When that has been sorted we’ll get them up for sale. We’ve decided to let the White’s Motors team have the crashed MX-5 – PJI 180 – that we’ve used for bits as payment for their work.
They’d already done us a deal on fixing them up, but instead of digging into our pot of cash we’ve decided it’ll be easier to let them have the broken car. We know we’ve kind of missed the summer selling season for the soft-tops now, but we’re hoping the appeal of two original, classic MX-5s will be enough to find buyers even when the nights have drawn in.
We think we can get at least £1,500 each for them. They will both have full MOTs, will have just been serviced plus we’ll add six months tax too.
The only thing we’re not sure about is where to sell them – we’ve had a lot of luck with eBay recently, while Auto Trader found a home for our Fiesta for a healthy profit. Perhaps we’ll pitch the two sales sites against each other and put one on each to see which finds us a buyer first.
We’re aiming to get up to £12,000 to buy our 911 trade – which should equate to £14,000-ish retail when we sell it for the charity – so there’s a lot of work to do before we reach that target. Our pot currently stands at £4,505 after we shelled out £500 on these three Mazdas.
We’ll let you know how the Autoglym work goes on Monday.