You mean him, or me? :) Ah well, I'll bore you all with the story of mine anyway hehe!
Ok I was looking around for manual EL2's for a good 6 months by the time I found mine, and in that time I saw only 3 for sale which included mine. The other two were opposite ends of the scale - one was a white manual with no options, fairly high k's, and looked a bit rough. For example, the headlights were a little discoloured. The asking price was a bit much for what it was too, something like $31,990 (this was back in mid '99). The other was advertised in Unique Cars, and as such carried a hefty price premium. It was a nice bit of gear though, Navy blue, with ALL options and only 20,000k's on the clock. The only problem was that they wanted $39,000 for it :(
Then there was mine.. seen first in the Trading Post, advertised at Dave Lahood on Parramatta Rd. I was a bit reluctant about that since he generally deals in ex-cop stuff, and I didn't want that. However, the price was good, and the options list was impressive, and it was also the lovely heritage green color. So I went and checked it out, turns out an old fella had bought it new and had only just traded it in on an ex-cop SS!! (Fool!!!) It had 50,000k's on it, over around 19 months, so the mileage wasn't too bad. All log books etc as well, which was nice. So after a test drive with my father, the decision was pretty simple! :) I wasn't quite prepared financially for it, but once I saw the beast and fell in love, a little bit more on the loan didn't matter...
Great to have a happy ending, and it's not all over yet :-)