I've reached a bit of a dilema, after some advice from a friend at work I threw together a photochop of the astra, here's the results:
They reckon i should get some 17" or 18" alloys for it, then keep it subtle on the outside, maybe colour code the bumpers and slam it, then do the works on the interior. Somewhere down the line I could throw a red-top under the bonnet.
Another option is the one I've been going for ever since I decided I wanted something quicker, An EG Civic Coupe LSi 1.5 Vtec, like this:
I could go JDM style, or keep it fairly subtle like this one:
Finally, never thought I'd even consider this, but go for something (coupe or saloon) with an adequate engine already, but with the option of fitting something much better under the bonnet when I can afford it, like this Rover 216 coupe from the for Sale
I'm sure I could sqeeze a B18 under the hood?
Let me know what you think.