Well the empty space in the barn didn't last for long. Later in November I spotted this Toledo advertised on eBay. After receiving a lot of very good photos of the car, and a period of negotiations I made an offer for it. A couple of weeks later I boarded an easyJet flight to Bristol and was soon driving my Toledo back up the M6 to Scotland. The car ran faultlessly for the 404 miles home and I have been using it regularly this spring.
Although it could do with a little more power the Toledo goes very well and has been attracting a lot of favourable comments.
The car was bought new by a lady in Leigh-on-Sea in 1973 and she kept it until 2004. It then went though a couple of owners before being bought by the person who was selling it on eBay. He had spent a lot of time and effort putting all of the mechanical components into shape even though it has only covered 38,000 miles.
The interior is in fantastic condition and the only aspect that lets the car down in the paintwork which is very flat and patchy.
I really would love to have the car painted, but that may have to wait until funds allow this expense. In the mean time I intend to drive and enjoy the car.