Car looks great! Nothing wrong with a grade R once you know where and what the damage was, could be bent like a banana or just bonnet and wings like yours
(or even less than that).
Shame about the "private sale" BS but that happens quite often it would seem.
I personally think its too low mileage / good condition (though pics are limited) to turn into a bit of a track tool, but as a lovely standard example it suits the job very well. The issue once again with a limited / very low mileage / good condition car - as nice as it is owning such machinery its also a curse as you don't want to spoil it in any way.
Once i get sorted with a new pad i'll be looking for another Evo to do all the things to that i originally planned to do to the TME