It has to be a parent’s worst nightmare: your kid crashed and totaled his little sports car. Luckily for DT’s Northwest correspondent Gianni, his son walked away from the accident with little other than a busted nose. Same for the Miata. For this week’s Mid Week Match-Up, we are going to find a new
penalty box daily driver for Gianni’s kid — budget no more than $5k.
This is what a Miata looks like after it jettisons a wheel at 35mph and finds a telephone pole. Thankfully, Gianni’s kid is okay, but he learned a valuable lesson about wheel studs, torque, & driving a Reliant Robin.
As much as I would love to recommend some late model understeering economy car with a slushbox (oooohh…maybe a Prius), I think a better punishment would be a slow/stodgy classic that’ll only work one third of the time you need it. Like this 1971 Jaguar XJ6 barn find located here on eBay bidding for $3,050 with 2 days to go, located in Dalton, WI.
What do you recommend? Comments below.