Just back in from seeing aforementioned 308.
Some good news, some bad. It's a 308 GTS carb model, started with no problems, drove well (only a v. short test drive though) sounds lovely, transmission a little reluctant but within a few minutes 1st to 2nd to 3rd all fine etc. Brakes were a bit spongy - but also cold and it hadn't moved in months.
Electrics all worked but wipers were very slow, drivers window very very slow and passenger window not working. Lights all worked but indicators very faint and blinking fast. All other lights working fine.
Bad news, the interior was very dirty (by my standards), but the leather is only 4yrs old (seats and doors) and on inspection looks like it would clean up ok.
Really bad news is the paint work. Lots of small little chips and minute dents (maybe 6-8 in total). Multiple instances of corrosion under the paintwork on the doors and wings. Plus some minor scrapes in various places and a crack in the front bumper. Plus all 4 alloys would need a full refurb and repaint. Realistically I think that a full bare metal respray would be necessary to restore it to its former glory. But that said panel gaps seemed consistent etc.
On the history side, there are numerous UK MOT certs and bits and pieces of service history but nothing complete. No service history since it was imported by the current owner to Ireland (c. 7 yrs ago) but he claims has been serviced, most recently 2 yrs (1,000 miles) ago where belts were done (I'm inclinded to believe that - the old belts were still hanging in the garage.)
On the plus side, the gentleman selling it is very genuine. I met him at his (very substantial!) home, he owns multiple cars including classic Jags and Rolls, is in his late 60s or so and looking to clear some space (i.e. those he never drives any more). He knows the car is not perfect and would require a lot of external work to get it right and he's willing to part with it for a pretty good price (but is it good enough?!) based on the work needing to be done.
Let's assume the engine/mechanics/electrics are all ok (but a PPI would be done before any purchase to confirm). Let's also assume a full bare metal respray (incl treatment of corrosion where present) is needed, plus 4 wheel refurb, 4 new tyres and a full major service and lets throw in brake pads and discs too.
OK so we're talking a project car here (and I can't do any of this myself) but I'd be happy to consider doing it over time as budget permits and bonding with the car in the process. If the above assumptions prove to be correct then a) what should I realistically pay for it
and b) am I out of my mind to be even considering it.
Here's a load of pictures (iPhone quality) to help you deliberate.
BTW when I drove it that short distance, the sound, the smell, I just wanted to keep going...
(and that sentiment is not conducive to a rational decision)