Ha ha, yes! My "stable" includes a Silver Seraph and an Up Gti and much as I enjoy the Roller, the Gti is the one I want to jump into. Up there in the smile factor with an Elise I once had, but far more practical. Just pulled in from Bristol-Falmouth, outside lane all the way, 51mpg. That childish pleasure in watching the image of the Audi/Beemer etc in the rear view mirror up my backside, once the road clears, suddenly reduce in size..... Corners? They don't exist. Mind you I get similar pleasure from my 1932 13bhp 750cc Austin 7 Box Saloon. Keeping something with no brakes worth talking about and the dynamic ability of a Silver Cross pram on the road at 45mph is far more challenging. Once clocked a GPS 55mph downhill with strong tail wind. A terrifying experiment I'll never repeat again. Other "stable" cars? An Austin 1800 Landcrab, wildly underrated and a Rover P6 V8, great cruiser.That rarity factor, will continue, as i just cannot see Vw selling the Gti in larger numbers than the 2018-19 model.
By what i can remember, back in March or April of last year, there had only been around 2100 or so Up Gtis registered for the Uk market.
Now with the significant price increase, the car is no longer the keenly priced much in demand warm citycar.
Just this afternoon, driving past Deganwy Key entrance, to the Conwy mariana, and hotel complex, a 19 plate Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead in Metallic Black was pulling out, into the traffic.
Last week, in Gannock Park, the Millionaires Row of Llandudno, the owner of the 17plate Ferrari GTo was driving the car towards the town.
Both cars are seriously rare, and you simply do not see many of them, outside London or Cheshire.
The Up Gti is even rarer still, with only one sighting since last August.
It will always remain a rare production model, and even with WBACs interest in mine, its staying put, even if it gets little use.
Come the spring and summer, i already have two long journey's pencilled in for it.
Its been many years since ive owned such a car, that no offer of money would persuade me to sell it.
Its got too much character and pure enjoyment behind the wheel, and thats rare in most cars of today