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April 2024

As seems to be ever the case, the market for MX5 Mk1s is still all over the place though I reckon prices (of good cars) still appear to be rising, though at a slower rate. A quick look at the 'Car and Classics' website shows at least 15 Mk1s advertised for £8000+ and a fair number well into 5 figures. I still think that good Mk1s will slowly increase in value over the coming years. One factor that may accelerate that process is the popularity of Mk1s and Mk2s in the USA. There are a number of companies who now specialise in breaking cars and sending the parts over to the US which may well lead to supply problems over here. Hard tops are a case in point: prices have risen thanks to the dozens of hard tops being shipped to the States every month. I have already exported a couple of cars to the US too and I expect to see more of that.

After a slowish start to the year, the MX5 market is now in full flow. As ever good cars sell, bad ones simply don't. I have some great cars lined up for the following weeks including a 1994 Eunos 1.8 S-Special in Sunburst Yellow and a Eunos 1.6 V-Special in Black with tan trim.

As a result of the high work levels, over the last couple of years I have changed the way I work. I used to bring all cars back to my place in Berwick where they were prepared for sale but these days, I find it more time efficient to have the cars prepared at another location in conjunction with an MX5 specialist who knows the cars inside out. They take care of all the stuff I just don't want to do (the bigger jobs such as replacing clutches, suspension rebuilds, paintwork etc). The cars are probably about 90% ready by the time they get here and I can carry out final checks, take care of the smaller jobs and fine details ensuring the cars drive as they should and are up to my standard. Its a system that works very well but it means that cars may be in two different locations so I would urge you to call before you visit. It also means that I am increasingly having to plan much further ahead as I buy cars that may not be available for sale for 6 or 8 weeks.

I'm looking forward to another good motorsport season though I'm not sure how many events I'll be able to do as I can already see I'm going to have a busy year. As ever, I still have a huge list of jobs/modifications that I want to do to my car and I know it could be so much quicker with a bit more work. Still very good fun though and you can read about it on this website by clicking on 'My Hillclimb Exploits'. I plan on using the car out on the public roads a lot more this year (its road legal) and as we are within striking distance of some fabulous roads up here in Northumberland, I've been making the most of that and have a few good routes planned for 2024.

As ever, I'm still using Facebook to give regular and quick news updates so please check out my pages on there: there are links on the 'Links' page here.