I think it is fairly safe to say that spring has finally sprung. So with that in mind, I think we can go and shop for some fun cars. They don’t even have to be convertibles, just cars that burn as brightly as the midday sun by making a noise and turning heads. I’m going to allocate a thoroughly reasonable £2999 and see what the classified ads throw up. Oh yes, and we have to tease them a bit with some well aimed mods.
Anything with a V8 engine is great for turning heads. You can pick up Rover 3500s in reasonable condition from the mid-1970s. I would be loathe to do anything drastic to one of those, save some lovely period Wolfrace slot mag alloys.
Otherwise, I'd look at a Land Rover Discovery or now quite late-model Range Rover that has not been converted to LPG. You could even cut the top off the Range Rover if you were feeling handy with the toolkit.
Seeing the sky also really appeals to me. So what about a 2004 Daihatsu Copen? It’s a teeny, tiny TT with a proper buzzy little engine. I'd put some proper alloys on that. The wheels are at each corner and that’s why they should be unmissable. I reckon some quite wide steel rims would beef it up no end.
A 1999 BMW Z3 would be pretty special, and although it still looks pretty ugly, I feel sure I could make it a lot more interesting. I would be inclined to take the windscreen off and make it into something rather more like a speedster. Sure, I'd have to wear headgear, but what a sense of occasion you'd enjoy every time you went for a drive.
So that's my list of bonkers ideas. But I reckon you could do better.
So you’ve got £2999 and a toolkit; what would you do?