So it will always be a minicab car. It's still responsive and spacious, built like a breeze-block urinal and despite the fact that it has the smallest engine that was available for them at that time, it still shifts (top speed about 98-101mph depending on what mood it's in, reasonable take-off but slooow between 30 and 60).
Short, precise gear shift. Power steering doesn't muffle your sensation of the road, but can feel a bit flighty cornering above 50mph. Not dangerously flighty, but still. Good visibility for a car this size - the nose is just curved enough that it doesn't obstruct your vision of the immediate road, but you can peer at it in a tight parking situation.
And, of course, the toys. PAS I mentioned before. Now add electric windows front and back, electric sunroof, electric aerial, Blaupunkt stereo (4 speakers, not standard on many cars of that age). Adjustable steering column and front seats. Probably a bunch of other things I've forgotten.
It's just celebrated its 10th birthday, and it has (garsp) 2 rust spots. One on the driver's side door sill, the other below the fuel filler.
Happy Birthday, Bluebird.