1600gtcelica wrote:Hi trev -
The spec of Uk cars was that the UK gt had a twin cam 18r-g engine with close ratio gearbox and standard LSD. The other LSD fitted to UK cars was the ta22gt and TA23gt , but only 200 of the first and 100 of the second imported.
The Ra28 gt had vinyl trim seats , not cloth, silver dash and centre console and leather wheel and gear knob, standard spec was on the st.
The crutch of the matter is in values of UK cars. a good RA28Gt is £15k an immaculate genuine one £20k.However the st is only likely to be at £5k less both on good and immaculate and for cars requiring work the price differential increase between each model.
If you are going to buy one and hold it for quite a while the GT will appreciate at a higher rate than the ST,and there is only one purchase as the st is underpowered and wont run on unleaded, so you are immediately into an engine upgrade.
I prefer the coupes to drive but recognise the Ra28 looks the business and my gt has the finished desirability look and the sound from the sidedraft carbs on the twin cam engine. The difficulty is finding a good example at an acceptable price.
Hope this all helps , the gt was only available in blue, red, white and a dark green( never seen one this colour) , mine is metallic blue with white trim and looks excellent.More food for thought, malcolm.
Perfect Malcom, that blue car sounds lovely, I'll take it
. Seriously though the UK GT sounds like the car I am looking for and £15k is an achievable budget so just keep me in the back of your mind should something crop up for sale.