The weekly car sale challenge #2
A recap of what this challenge is all about, last week's winner, and this week's 250 tribe coin challenge - join in now!
The world of motoring truly is amazing, isn't it? There's something for anyone and everyone, self expression becomes an art form, and no matter how quirky or downright overpriced it is, there's always an army of followers behind it. That's probably why I decided to create this weekly challenge: it puts YOU under the spotlight, and allows you to showcase your creativity and knowledge.
It's essentially putting yourself in a similar situation to the one that Jeremy, Richard, and James found themselves in when they were asked to travel to the Pearl of Africa in three £1500 estate cars, in search of the long-disputed source of the River Nile. The only question is, how would you tackle a similar situation?
Before we get into all that, anyone who's unaware of what this challenge is, please click here to be forwarded to last week's one to learn all about it.
I manage to find an E46 M3 with 76k on the odometer for my pitch as ''best sportscar you can buy for under 15k, that was built between 2000 and 2010''. But as good as the E46 was, it was nothing compared to some of the brilliantly unique searches that some of our entrants managed to find. Though, it must be said, not everyone managed to stick to the actual challenge (lol), and mistook it for ''any car for under 15k'', forgetting about the *important* production year part! Take for instance, this magnificent 1987 Porsche 924 S4 found by Mr Robert Thornton:
Image credit: Park Place Ltd.
Or this much sought-after 1993 TVR Chimera, with a glorious 4.0-litre V8, churning out close to 250bhp, found by James Clack:
Image credit: Car and Classic.
Another fabulous find was unearthed by Ethan Degge - how about this for the ultimate bang for buck muscle?
Image credit: Houston Craigslist.
Some spectacular entries, and whilst many of the cars did not qualify for the actual challenge, a true petrolhead can't snub a nice car, can they? So a definite shout out to these guys, excellent searching! But unfortunately, I'm compelled to stick to the rules, and under that quota, last weeks winner is .. actually a car that violates the rules. I just couldn't ignore it, and nor will you!
Image credit: AutoTrader.
A 1998 BMW 840Ci with a 4.4-litre V8 engine, in a simply breath-taking shade of metallic blue. Not only has he saved two grand on the target sum and found a set of pop-up headlights, but he also gets an entire BMW 8 series with it. Fantastic work and congratulations to Michael Maclean, who wins 250 tribe coins!
This weeks challenge:
You're asked to drive across the horn of Africa, which, for the purposes of this challenge, will start in Eritrea's capital city of Asmara, before passing through Djibouti, Ethiopia, and finally ending in Somalia's southern most ''big'' settlement and capital city: Mogadishu - a journey that will cover nearly 1800 miles. Ignoring the obvious perils that await, such as the dictatorship-stricken country of Eritrea, the Tigray War in Ethiopia, and so on, you accept the challenge in good spirits.
Image credit: Google Maps.
What car do you purchase for this journey on a budget of £5000 (€5600/$6800)?
There are no restrictions to what type of car that you can choose or when it was made - you can pick whatever you think is best fit for this incredibly eye-opening journey that will be in equal parts beautiful and dangerous, so long as it's under the price range. Here's what I've come up with:
Image credit: AutoTrader.
Hammond proved, in Uganda, that the long-standing belief that picking a Subaru is a sure fire option for any terrain is a dependable choice. That was never really questionable. So I've decided to play it safe, and get myself a very respectable Subaru Legacy Sports Tourer that's only 12 years old and still has plenty of life in it yet. It also leaves me with £1000 to play around with, so I can add a few modifications to beef the Legacy up a little. Extra grunt will help massively on this journey, because it certainly doesn't need anymore punch.
Now, over to you guys! The third edition of this challenge will be posted early next week, with the winner of this week's competition being granted 250 TC's. Screenshot your entry and post it down below - I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.