Well, I'd been keeping an eye on a 2002 Westminster that was going through auction this week. The cars MOT has expired in December and at it's last MOT in December 2018 it had covered 150k and the 4.0 V8 was in the boot.
When I found the car it was sitting at £300. I had a good think about it and given that I'm a bit OCD mechanically and like my cars to be just right decided that I'd end up spending a fortune on it like I have done on all my other P38's. Don't get me wrong, parts are cheap, but when you start changing everything that wears to get rid of all the little annoyances you end up spending a lot.
I decided that I was going to set myself a limit... £700. However, if I needed to I'd go up to £800 as the car was only 40 minutes from me and I could collect it whilst I was off work this week.
Don't get me wrong, having 3 P38's and a breaker already, I needed this like I needed a hole in the head but it looked to nice a car to break for parts.
I'd checked on the price of the car a couple of times a day, usually during my morning coffee and later in the day. Yesterday was no different, except last night it had jumped from £390 to £1010. The auction site it was on charges £50 even for the opportunity to bid, then with fees on top of that it would have ended up costing me a minimum of £1250 assuming nobody else started bidding against me.
Anyway, long story short, I now no longer need to swap a 4.0 to a 4.6.
I hope it's gone to someone who is going to sort her out rather then break her for spares as she did look a nice car. Unfortunately though, it just wasn't worth what it sold for to me.