Mid Week Match-Up: Find A Daily For A Grounded Kid

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.