Of course the supply started to dry up and folks looked for replacements with the Peugeot 206, Fiesta, Nova/Corsa, MG, Micra, Daihatsu, and of course the various Mini formulae, offering a replacement competition base, but none had the staying power of the 205.
With rallying becoming ever more costly, not just for cars, but all the greasy bits and black round rubber bits, perhaps a new budget series could be found and Niall Cowan Snr might just have a worthwhile idea.
Apparently roadworthy donor MG3s can be picked up for 2 grand (or less) and Niall reckons a car could be built for no more than 7 or less depending on sources.
The new car has a slightly longer wheelbase and sits slightly taller than his previous MG ZR but Niall reckons it feels quite stable and is just as much fun. And not meaning to be cheeky, if Niall can build one, then it should be within the capabilities of anyone who can tell a socket from a ring spanner.
Anyway, just a thought, and a wee bit cheaper than an R2! Worth considering, anyone?