Who would buy one? Well I did as a company car in late 99.
Had a limit of ~ 36k and just managed to squeeze it in with a fleet discount. It had LSD, ABS, IRS, sports suspension and seats, alloys and leather steering wheel. Auto unfortunately :( but hey it was a company car.
Car had excellent dynamics with the IRS being particularly useful with the crap streets out my way. Only gripes I had were that the standard tyres fitted to it (Monzas) were totally crap for traction, especially in the wet. Also the fuel economy was worse than my Sprint! running between 15-16.5l/100km on average.
Oh yeah the headlights absoulutely rock on AUs!