I wouldn't be keen on it even if dirt cheap, purely cos it has been stolen and thrashed. You say they were bad drivers...I say they just didn't give a s*#t. Noisy tappets probably mean they reved the nuts off it, numerous times for extended periods. God knows what they did with the transmission and whether they deliberately cooked and warped/cracked the brakes. Then there's the obvious front end damage which could easily be more than bent tie-rod or two and radius arms. The rack, strut and insert could all be easily cactus and the chassis even damaged. A shame really. Overall, I think the VN is a slightly more rugged and cheap car to maintain than the Ford...considering head gaskets, timing chains and automatics. But if I had a little extra time and money to spend, I would prefer the Ford. Just my preferences. I see them as different, not necessarily better or worse.