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Mile-high club: the highest-mileage cars on Auto Trader

Mile-high club: the highest-mileage cars on Auto Trader

Would you buy a high mileage car? While six-figure numbers on the odometer can put off some buyers, others see it as a chance to get a bargain. Besides, if a car has been well maintained, and has spent most of its life totting up low-stress miles on the motorway, there’s no reason why it can’t run forever.


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We’ve scoured the Auto Trader classifieds to get an idea of the kind of high-mileage bargains available to buy right now. We’ve avoided setting any strict requirements: only that they must have covered a lot of miles, and be vaguely interesting in one way or another. Oh, and it’s worth noting that inclusion here doesn’t necessarily mean we’d spend our own money on them – go into any purchase with an open mind and consider an independent inspection if you’re not sure what you’re looking for.

Mercedes 300D W114

Mercedes 300D W114

This Mercedes is, shall we say, at the lower end of the market. But its diesel engine has proved to be pretty tough to make it to 390,000 miles, and we see no reason why it shouldn’t carry on for a while yet. At £380, it’s a Mercedes-Benz for the price of a smartphone. What could possibly go wrong?

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Skoda Superb

Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb is a favourite amongst taxi drivers, especially in uber-practical estate guise. It’s no surprise, then, that there are a few high mileage examples out there. This 2010 example has close to 300,000 miles on the clock, and looks extremely tidy if the pics are anything to go by.

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Land Rover Freelander

Land Rover Freelander

The Land Rover Freelander has never enjoyed the best reputation for reliability, but this 2009 Freelander 2 has covered an impressive 232,000 miles over its eight-year lifespan. Admittedly, the seller says it’s had £5,500 spent on a full engine recondition, a recent timing belt and a new clutch, but that ought to mean it’s good for another 232,000 miles. At less than £3,500, we challenge you to find another Freelander 2 this cheap.

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Volvo V50

Volvo V50

A wafty Volvo wagon doesn’t sound like a bad way of covering high miles to us, but this one’s a lowly Ford Focus-based V50 – hardly an S80 sofa-on-wheels. The seller, a trader, says it’s been his personal car, used for travelling up and down the country – hence the 206,000 miles on the clock. If it’s as tidy as it looks, we wouldn’t hesitate at £2,495.

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Jaguar XK

Jaguar XK

If you spend all your time on the motorway, you might as well do it in a car you like. How does a Jaguar XK sound? You can drop the roof when the sun’s out, and that V8 engine under the bonnet will provide the thrills once the roads clear. Just don’t think about the fuel used getting this up to 203,000 miles.

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Citroen C4

Citroen C4

Back down to earth with a bump… a Citroen C4 isn’t the obvious high-mileage runaround, but the seller is promising a full MOT on this 207,000-mile car. That’s not bad for £500.

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Vauxhall Vectra

Vauxhall Vectra

Vauxhall Vectras were once liked by police and company car drivers, so it’s not unusual to see a well-used example. This 1.9-litre diesel from 2007 looks extremely tidy for its 259,000 miles. It’s a practical estate with a tow bar and an MOT until next year. What are you waiting for?

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Range Rover Sport

Range Rover Sport

If you’re looking for a car to travel the length of the country and beyond, a Range Rover Sport is a tempting proposition. This one’s covered an impressive 255,000 miles over the last 10 years. We’d be interested to know the running costs involved.

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BMW Z4

BMW Z4

It’s not too late to buy yourself a two-seater drop-top in time for summer. A BMW Z4 would be an excellent choice, particularly if you hunt down a 3.0-litre straight-six for the performance to go with the looks. We found this 2006 example on Auto Trader for £3,495. And, with 201,000 miles on the clock, it’s hardly run-in compared with some of the cars featured here.

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Lexus LS430

Lexus LS430

Someone’s had the pleasure of covering nearly 20,000 miles a year in this Lexus LS430, and it still looks like a car worth considerably more than its £3,500 asking price. Its MOT history suggests it isn’t hiding any horrors, but do take its combined 24.8mpg into consideration if you’ll be adding to the galactic mileage.

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London Taxi

London Taxi

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that some of the leggiest cars for sale on Auto Trader are ex-taxis. This London Taxi is one of several examples we could have picked closing in on half-a-million miles.

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Porsche 911

Porsche 911

You’d be right to be wary of a Porsche 911 showing 207,000 miles on the clock. But, at 29 years old, that averages out at just over 7,000 miles a year – well below average. We’d want to see evidence of regular servicing, but this could be a solid used buy. And check out the brown interior…

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Daihatsu Sirion

Daihatsu Sirion

A Daihatsu Sirion isn’t the obvious choice as a motorway mile-muncher, but one dedicated owner has covered nearly 230,000 miles in this leggy example since 2001. It’s showing its mileage, but it could be worth the £440 asking price on novelty factor alone.

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Volvo 240

Volvo 240

Who wouldn’t love to give this well used Volvo 240 a good home? It’s covered 213,000 miles since 1989 and sounds to have looked after with full service history and recent brake discs. Even the front seats have been refoamed to counteract all those hours they’ve been sat on over the years.

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Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser

A search through this Land Cruiser’s MOT history suggests the mileage hasn’t changed at all since 2011, and it might even be in kilometres rather than miles. We’d take the reading on the odometer with a pinch of salt and buy on condition alone (indeed, that’s good advice for any of the cars featured here). It’s been restored, though, and the Land Cruiser enjoys a reputation for indestructibility, so it could well be worth every penny of its £12,500 asking price.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Golf GTI

A £2,300 price tag for an old VW Golf with 240,000 miles on the clock? You better believe it. It’s a MK2 Golf GTI, which means it’s second only to the Mk1 on the coolness scale. And the modifications suggest it’s been owned by an enthusiast.

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BMW 730i

BMW 730i

Yes, £7,000 is strong money for an E32-flavour BMW 7 Series, but it could prove to be an investment if you hold onto it long enough. Sure, the 245,000 miles it’s showing will put off most buyers, but the seller says it’s had a brand new engine from BMW and comes with a three-month warranty.

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Jaguar XJ8

Jaguar XJ8

A £595 Jaaag sounds like a brilliant idea, until you start looking closely at the photos. We can see that the front and rear bumpers require a lick of paint – no biggy – while the wheelarches are corroding away. Oh, and it’s covered 265,000 miles – and there appears to be a hole in the boot. Hmm. Still, it’s a Jaguar for less than £600.

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Audi S4

Audi S4

The B5 Audi S4 is one of our favourite modern classics, and they look particularly good in this Nogaro Blue shade. A low mileage one could easily be worth twice the £4,000 sticker price of this 221,500-mile example. Check the service history thoroughly and make sure you give it a good test-drive.

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Toyota Land Cruiser

Toyota Land Cruiser

We’ve already included one Toyota Land Cruiser, but the Japanese Range Rover makes such a good high-mileage used buy we can’t resist chucking in another. This Colorado has covered 285,000 miles – mostly on the motorway, the seller says. If it’s spent its life on tarmac as suggested, it could be an excellent purchase.

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From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOWWhy buy a new car when £5,000 will bag you a used car bargain? Using Auto Trader, our brief was to find two cars per category, ranging from humble superminis to luxury saloons. We’ve only been window shopping, so inclusion does not represent an endorsement.

Small car: Skoda Citigo (£5,000)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

Right now, the Volkswagen Up and the two cars based on it are probably the best small cars on the planet. But don’t worry if you can’t stretch to a new one, because they’re also brilliant secondhand buys. This one-owner Citigo looks terrific in Sport trim and has covered a mere 26,609 miles.

Family hatchback: Kia Cee’d (£5,000)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

Go easy on the right pedal and you might see economy figures in the low 70s in this 2012 Kia Cee’d EcoDynamics. It’s hardly the last word in excitement, but air conditioning, a six-speed gearbox, cruise control and steering wheel controls should make this an excellent commuter vehicle. Just check the rear tyres, because the last MOT listed them as an advisory.

Crossover: Nissan Qashqai (£4,995)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

The Nissan Qashqai is Britain’s most popular crossover, which means there are hundreds to choose from on the used car market. This 2008 example appeals because it’s a one-owner car with 47,876 miles on the clock and not a single MOT advisory to its name. The Visia trim is a bit spartan, but if practicality is your thing, it’s hard to ignore this one.

Estate car: Dacia Logan MCV (£4,895)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

The Dacia Logan MCV is Britain’s cheapest new estate car and offers a massive 573 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded up. New, you’ll pay £7,295 for the entry-level version, but why buy new when this ‘plush’ Logan MCV Laureate is available for £4,895? Just one owner and 42,000 miles on the clock.

Coupe: Audi TT (£5,000)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

It’s possible to spend much less on a first generation Audi TT, but we believe it’s worth spending a little extra to secure a good example of what is a guaranteed future classic. This 2004 example is powered by the 3.2-litre V6 engine and is being sold by somebody who has clearly looked after it.

Sports car: Fiat Barchetta (£4,950)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

It’s hard to look beyond the Mazda MX-5 in the affordable junior roadster segment, but the Fiat Barchetta remains a hidden gem. It might be front-wheel drive – it’s based on the Punto – but the Barchetta is terrific fun to drive. All cars were left-hookers.

 

Premium car: Volvo S80 (£4,995)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

It’s all too easy to opt for something German in the premium car segment and Auto Trader is littered with £5,000 examples of varying degrees of quality. But we’re turned on by this low mileage Volvo S80, not least because it’s powered by the sublime 3.2-litre six-cylinder engine. In the real world it will feel almost as quick as the heavier V8 version, while the high level of standard spec will help to while away the hours on a long motorway drive.

Luxury car: Audi A8 (£5,000)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

The DVLA lists this 2005 Audi A8 as ‘beige’, but we suspect the new owner might prefer it to be classed as ‘gold’. Whatever, £5,000 seems a stupidly low price for this huge chunk of Ingolstadt, which is barely run-in at 59,000 miles. Probably a good idea to avoid looking at the fuel economy figures…

MPV: SsangYong Rodius (£4,991)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

Look, stop smirking at the back. We accept that the SsangYong Rodius isn’t going to win any awards for its beauty, but it’s hard to find a more practical and spacious seven-seater at this price. Besides, as Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid demonstrated on Top Gear, the Rodius does a passable impression of a boat. SsangYacht, anyone?

SUV: Suzuki Jimny (£4,995)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

The Suzuki Jimny continues to fly the flag for the old-school SUV and is available to buy new from £12,999. They tend to be owned by loyal and enthusiastic people, as appears to be the case with this 2006 example. The condition and mileage suggest that it hasn’t seen much in the way of off-road action.

Convertible: Renault Wind (£4,995)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

If you want to stand out from the crowd you could do a lot worse than breaking out the Renault Wind. It’s based on the Renault Twingo and features a solid roof that folds away in just 12 seconds. Sadly, it was a slow-seller and was quickly pulled from sale. You could say that it was gone with the Wind…

Saloon: Mazda6 MPS (£5,000)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

It might not look it, but the Mazda6 MPS is one of the greatest sleepers of the past decade. Beneath that unassuming body lies the beating heart of a 2.3-litre turbocharged engine producing 260hp, enough to propel this four-wheel drive saloon to 150mph. Nobody will ever know, until the point at which you zoom-zoom past a sports car in a blaze of anonymity.

Classic: Mercedes-Benz 500 SE (£4,900)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

A 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz for £4,900 might not seem like excellent value for money in light of some of the aforementioned examples, but this 500 SE oozes presence and charisma. The seller claims it has full service history, which should confirm the relatively low mileage.

Hot hatch: Suzuki Swift Sport (£4,989)From the classifieds: best £5,000 cars for sale NOW

The Suzuki Swift Sport remains our favourite junior hot hatch of recent years and we especially like the first generation model. The current (and outgoing) version might be the better all-rounder, but the original feels more old-school and is all the better for it. This 2011 car has covered just 37,000 miles.

 

Premier League footballers' star cars on Auto Trader

Premier League footballer’s star cars on Auto Trader

You don’t have to be a Premier League star to drive a Premier League car. As the 2016/17 season draws to a close this weekend, many footballers will be dreaming of their next new car – and some have already started making the switch. Great news for us, who get to buy their old Premier League star cars!


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Many ex-footballer’s cars are sold through Auto Trader and, as the Premier League season reaches its climax, the new and used car marketplace is showing off 10 footballer’s cars you can buy right now. Read on…

Danny Ings: Lamborghini Huracan

Danny Ings: Lamborghini Huracan

Danny Ings has been plagued by injuries since he joined Liverpool from Burnley. This Lamborghini Huracan was registered in 2014, a year before he arrived in Merseyside for an initial £6.5m. We’re not sure if he arrived at Anfield in the Nardo Grey Huracan, but you’ll need a Premier League wage to be able to afford the £167,990 price tag.

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Theo Walcott: Audi RS5

Theo Walcott: Audi RS5

“This is a proper Premier League footballer’s car,” says the advert for this Audi RS5, although we’d have to disagree. No, this is far too restrained and subtle to pass as a proper footballer’s car. It was formerly owned by Arsenal and England star, Theo Walcott, who splashed out on all the toys. Yours for £27,995, which is about a quarter of what Theo earns in a week.

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Michael Carrick: Range Rover

Michael Carrick: Range Rover

Tough, measured and gritty: three words that could be used to describe Michael Carrick and the Range Rover. The Manchester United and England midfielder paid more than £110,000 for this Autobiography, which is on sale for a reasonable £18,995. The gold Range Rover diesel passed an MOT in February with just one advisory.

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Gareth Barry: Mercedes-AMG GT S

Gareth Barry: Mercedes-AMG GT S

Gareth Barry made his debut for Aston Villa back in 1998 and has since played for Manchester City and Everton, as well as winning 53 England caps. New, you’ll pay just under £100,000 for a Mercedes-AMG GT, but Barry’s 2016 car is up for £92,995. The car has travelled 9,846 miles, which is around the same amount of ground the midfielder covers while playing for Everton.

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Angel Rangel: Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Angel Rangel: Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Spanish footballer Angel Rangel joined Swansea City in 2007 and has since made 324 appearances for the club. Last year, he splashed out on this Mercedes-Benz G-Glass, but has clearly had enough. Let’s face it, it’ll be hard to blend in South Wales when driving a Persil white G-Glass.

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Steven Fletcher: Porsche Cayenne

Steven Fletcher: Porsche Cayenne

Dig out your copy of ‘Classic Footballers’ Cars Vol.1’ and you’ll find the Onyx Porsche Cayenne in chapter one. It was formerly owned by Steven Fletcher, who upset Sunderland fans in 2015 when he posed alongside his new Lamborghini Aventador while the club battled relegation. Fletcher now plays for Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship.

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Jake Livermore: Mercedes-AMG GT S

Jake Livermore: Mercedes-AMG GT S

Jake Livermore has enjoyed a terrific season with West Bromwich Albion, which earned him a recall to the England squad. The 27-year-old has had enough of his Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S, which is on sale for £87,995. With 6,531 miles on the clock, it has covered fewer miles than Gareth Barry’s old Merc.

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Darron Gibson: Kahn Jeep Wrangler

Darron Gibson: Kahn Jeep Wrangler

This Kahn Jeep Wrangler was formerly owned by Sunderland and Republic of Ireland midfielder, Darron Gibson. The 2011 car is actually rather tasteful, with red leather seats, 20-inch alloys and rather neat dials. The vendor is selling the Wrangler to fund a business start-up. The price: £19,999.

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Glen Johnson: Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG

Glen Johnson: Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG

“No great entertainer,” is how Evo magazine summed up the Mercedes-Benz CLS55 AMG when it reviewed the car in 2004. The same couldn’t be said of Glen Johnson, who enjoyed some great spells at a host of clubs, winning 54 England caps along the way. The MOT history for this CLS55 AMG doesn’t make for particularly good reading; you might want to check for water in the boot…

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George Boateng: Porsche Cayenne

George Boateng: Porsche Cayenne

It’s a while since 41-year-old George Boateng played in the Premier League, but this is a quintessential footballers’ car. If you’re not a footballist, you’re unlikely to find the Techart Magnum conversion attractive, but the 4.8-litre turbocharged engine is said to offer “shattering performance”. You might want to find an MOT-friendly set of number plates, mind.

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Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budgetFrom a slice of retro Japanese heaven for £500 to an Aston Martin for £1.25m, we’ve got a classic car to suit every pocket. Having scoured the online pages of Auto Trader, we’ve selected two cars per price bracket, providing an overview of what’s available to buy right now.

As usual, inclusion doesn’t represent an endorsement and cars are available at the time of writing.

Under £500: Mazda 323F – £499Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

While we accept that a 1989 Mazda 323F won’t be many people’s idea of a ‘dream car’, at this end of the market beggars can’t be choosers. Besides, it has pop-up headlights, which, being a Mazda, probably work.

The car has covered a mere 31,000 miles and, as the seller points out, there’s very little to go wrong. Stop dreaming, start driving.

£500 – £1,000: Toyota Celica – £999Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

Ah, this is more like it. The sixth generation Toyota Celica (ST200) was introduced in 1993 and is likely to be one of the most reliable coupes you can buy for £1,000. It might have been front-wheel drive, but in 2.0 GT guise it remains a thoroughly decent driver’s car.

This one has covered 169,000 miles, but the previous owner bought it brand new from Toyota.

£1,000 – £2,500: Audi Cabriolet – £1,695Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

If it’s good enough for Princess Diana…

In truth, this 1995 Audi Cabriolet doesn’t look as polished as Lady Di’s 2.3E, but then it’s not being offered with a royal price tag. In fact, about a grand and a half should secure this timeless – and classless – classic.

£2,500 – £5,000: Renault 4 – £3,250Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

Renault’s answer to the 2CV was actually more successful than the Citroen, thanks mainly to its practicality and huge opening tailgate. More than eight million Renault 4s were built before production ceased in 1992.

The fact that this 1984 example is accompanied by almost every invoice from new makes it rather appealing, as is the fact that it’s not immaculate. This means you can use it every day, safe in the knowledge that you’re simply adding to its patina.

£5,000 – £10,000: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III – £7,995Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

In 1995, Mitsubishi introduced the Lancer Evolution III, complete with a new 16G turbocharger. This meant the Evo III could call upon 270hp and 228lb ft of torque.

This GSR looks in great shape, although the MOT history suggests that it was off the road from 2011 until 2016. That would be worth investigating.

£10,000 – £15,000: Mercedes-Benz 350 SL – £14,990Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

R107 SL prices are only going one way, so now is the time to buy. Introduced in 1971, the R107 lived on until 1989, making it the second longest single series Mercedes-Benz ever built.

The yellow paint and brown interior is a classic 1970s combination, while the 3.5-litre V8 engine will provide effortless cruising potential.

£15,000 – £20,000: Bentley Turbo R – £14,950Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

The Turbo R was introduced in 1985, with a new Bosch fuel injection system helping to deliver more power than the outgoing Mulsanne Turbo. The Turbo R was also more of a driver’s car, encouraging owners to sit in the front, rather than relaxing in the back.

As a 1995 car, this Turbo R is one of the last off the line and benefits from the facelift of 1992. The 6.8-litre long-wheelbase Bentley is yours for little more than the price of an entry-level Kia Cee’d.

£20,000 – £25,000: Aston Martin DB7 – £24,995Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

If you’re looking to spend £25,000 on a good, useable Aston Martin you have two choices. Either buy a Cygnet or invest in a DB7. We know which option we’d take.

This 1995 DB7 benefits from a full Aston Martin service history and a manual gearbox.

£25,000 – £50,000: Ferrari Mondial 8 – £34,995Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

From a £25k Aston Martin to a £35k Ferrari. OK, so the Mondial 8 won’t top the shopping lists of many lottery winners, but it represents an affordable point of entry to the world of Ferrari.

We think that time has been kind to the much-maligned Mondial 8, not least because the Pininfarina styling is so of its day. This 1982 example comes complete with receipts totalling £30,000, which may or may not be a good thing.

£50,000 – £100,000: BMW 3.0 CSi – £59,995Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

The first of the BMW E9 coupes was the 2800 CS, but the model came of age in 1971 with the arrival of the fuel-injected 3.0 CSi. With 200hp on tap, the CSi could boast a top speed of 135mph and a 0-60mph time of sub eight seconds.

This looks like a fresh import, with the number plate surround suggesting that it has arrived from its native Germany. We’ll readily admit that we’re a little in love.

£100,000 – £250,000: Porsche 993 Turbo – £179,950Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

The Porsche 993 Turbo was a line in the sand moment for the 911, being the first of its kind to use twin-turbochargers and the first Turbo model to feature all-wheel drive. At launch, the 3.6-litre twin-turbo engine developed 408hp, although this was increased to 430hp in 1995 and 450hp in 1998.

This 1995 example has just 27,700 miles on the clock and has been owned by the same person since it was delivered new via Road Range in Liverpool. This is probably one of the most sought-after cars for sale on Auto Trader.

£250,000 – £500,000: Ferrari 512 BB – £349,950Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

The Ferrari 512 BB of 1976 was an evolution of the 365 GT4 BB, with a number of small details marking it out from its predecessor. There was also the small matter of a 4.9-litre 12-cylinder boxer engine developing 360hp.

The 1981 example for sale here is one of the last 512 BB models built before it made way for the less powerful 512 BBi. It has covered 21,000 miles and is available for just shy of £350,000.

£500,000 – £1,000,000: Ferrari F40 – £925,000Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

It needs no introduction, does it? This Ferrari F40 was the pin-up for a generation and remains one of the most important supercars of the 20th century.

None other than Eric Clapton owned this 1991 example, which has covered the equivalent of 6,750 miles.

£1,000,000+: Aston Martin DB4 – £1,250,000Classics in the classifieds: dream cars for every budget

In this age of super-expensive cars, we’re a little surprised to find just one £1 million car on Auto Trader. And it’s this: a 1963 Aston Martin DB4.

The DB4 convertible was unveiled at the 1961 London Motor Show and only 70 were ever built.

You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

You won't believe how expensive these old cars areSpend a few moments on Auto Trader and you’re guaranteed to stumble across Ferraris, McLarens and Lamborghinis with telephone number price tags. But for this gallery we’re after the less obvious cars that have rocketed in value over recent years.

If you keep an eye on the auction circuit, these might come as no surprise. But stay tuned for some eye-watering price tags. As usual, inclusion does not represent an endorsement on our part.

Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet: £2,500,000You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

A Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet will come pre-loaded with more than just service history. When you can list the likes of Saddam Hussein, Nicolae Ceausescu, Pol Pot and Ferdinand Marcos on the list of former owners you soon realise that a Grosser’s history will be more chequered than most.

Only 59 were built, and this one happened to be owned by Josip Broz Tito, the former president of Yugoslavia. The six-door ‘Presidential Landaulet’ is on for sale for a cool £2.5m. Know any corrupt dictators who’d be happy to lend you the cash?

Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring: £995,000You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

If you bought a Porsche 911 2.7 RS Touring in 2004, pour yourself a celebratory drink and give yourself a pat on the back. Three years ago, it was revealed that an RS Touring was worth £65,000 in 2004, upwards of £200,000 in 2011 and half a million plus in 2014.

Today, a million pounds isn’t out of the question, as demonstrated by this sublime 1973 example. A comprehensive restoration by Porsche means that this RS Touring is arguably better than new. You’d be afraid to drive it…

Land Rover Defender: £77,500You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

Land Rover marked the final year of Defender production with a trio of limited edition models, including the lavishly-appointed Autobiography. It was about as far removed from the 1948 original as it’s possible to get, including the £61,845 price tag. Yes, that’s sixty-two-grand for a Defender.

Only 100 were built, one of which is now on sale for £77,500. We miss the Defender, but not that much.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Convertible: £13,500You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

Compromised GTI or the best of both worlds? Whatever your opinion, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better Volkswagen Golf GTI Convertible.

This 1985 example has covered a mere 20,139 miles and is on sale for a cool £13,500. More appealing than an Eos? We think so.

Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500: £109,925You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

The Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is a rare beast, with only 500 ever made. This, along with the RS badge, gives it elite status in the world of fast Fords, and values are only going one way.

But even with this context, we’re struggling to come to terms with the fact that there’s one for sale for a price tag in excess of £100k. Not bad, especially when you consider the car originally cost £19,950.

Vauxhall Lotus Carlton: £99,999You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

When Vauxhall went hunting BMW M5, the result was spectacular. Unfavourable headlines in the Daily Mail gave the Vauxhall Lotus Carlton instant notoriety and propelled the 176mph family car to iconic status quicker than you could say “fastest production saloon in the world.”

How much do you want to own one? Enough to drop a pound short of £100,000 on a 19,000-miler?

BMW M3 E30 Convertible: £64,990You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

What’s more 80s than a ‘Brilliantrot’ E30 BMW M3? A ‘Brilliantrot’ E30 BMW M3 Convertible, of course. While the roof mechanism and chassis strengthening will only serve to dilute the performance, we can’t help but love the look of this thing.

This is a late example, built in 1991, and it has covered a mere 28,000 miles in 26 years. If Miami Vice was filmed in Bavaria, this would have been the choice of ‘Sonny’ Crockett. Wunderbar.

Toyota Corolla AE86: £34,990You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

Toyota has sold more than 44 million Corollas since its introduction in 1966, but few, if any, are as highly regarded as the AE86. This rear-wheel drive legend is a hero of drifting circles and prices remain high.

But this high? This comes as a shock and probably means that we need to remove another car from the achievable dream garage.

Ford Fiesta XR2: £29,995You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

This Fiesta XR2 must be one of the best in the country, but it has a price tag to match. The XR2 arrived in 1981 and was the first Fiesta to top 100mph.

We suspect the dealer is testing the market with the £29,995 price tag, as the description includes ‘price on application’. Lovely thing.

Ford Escort RS Turbo: £28,990You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

Not to be confused with the series two model, the original Ford Escort RS Turbo was a proper homologation special. Princess Diana liked the car so much, she convinced Ford to build a black one just for her.

If you think £29k is a lot to ask for a front-wheel-drive Escort, remember that one sold at auction in 2015 for £60,108. Admittedly, it had mere 5,568 miles on the clock, but these things tend to influence the entire market.

MG Metro Turbo: £19,995You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

Yep, a £20k Metro. In fairness, it’s a super-rare MG Metro Turbo with 7,000 miles on the clock and we doubt you’ll be able to find a better one. It’s worth it for the red seat belts alone.

Porsche 924 Turbo: £19,995You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

The 924 Turbo was introduced in 1979 and was designed to sit between the regular 924 and 911 in the Porsche model range. Visually, the Turbo is set apart from other 924 models by the various air intakes and black rear spoiler. Note the ‘Pasha’ interior, which looks like a chequered flag on acid.

Mazda RX-7: £19,968You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

Is this a lot of money for a Mazda RX-7 FD? We’re not so sure, especially given the fact that far too many have been modified in the name of ‘Fast and Furious’. A UK-supplied example of one of the world’s most beautiful cars – that has to be worth £20k, right?

Vauxhall Astra GTE: £17,775You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

In fairness, this one-owner, 43,203-mile Mk2 Vauxhall Astra GTE looks to be in minty-fresh condition, but that’s still a jaw-dropping price tag. On the plus side, it probably escaped a joyride on the Blackbird Leys estate.

Peugeot 205 GTI: £17,000You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

Along with fast Fords, the Peugeot 205 GTI is probably the most high profile example of the boom in classic car prices. This one-owner car has a mere 52,100 miles on the clock and is on sale for £17,000.

Mercedes-Benz 230 CE: £16,000You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

The W123 Coupe offered all the quality and robustness of the saloon in a more elegant and alluring suit. The advert doesn’t give much away, but this 1985 230 CE is up for £16,000.

Toyota Land Cruiser: £14,995You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

The J60 was the Toyota Land Cruiser for the 1980s, and this 1982 example appears to have survived in excellent shape. Power is sourced from a six-cylinder 4.0-litre diesel engine, which has been nicely run-in at 96,200 miles. We’d take this over a brand new RAV4 every day of the week.

Alfa Romeo 75: £13,950You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

When was the last time you saw an Alfa Romeo 75, let alone one in such great condition? This 1988 example comes with the all-important 3.0-litre V6 engine and has covered a mere 50,080 miles. Yours for the price of an entry-level MiTo.

Honda CRX: £11,000You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

If you think £11,000 is a lot to ask for the undoubtedly brilliant Honda CRX, the same dealer is – or was – selling another example for £16,500. This 1.6i-16 model is the pick of the CRX range and in its day it had the potential to give a European hot hatch a bloody nose.

Toyota Corolla: £8,995You won't believe how expensive these old cars are

We conclude with a £9k Toyota Corolla of 1983 vintage. It’s a survivor, which makes it the Destiny’s Child of the Japanese classic car world.

Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy nowIf you fancy a new car but aren’t too bothered about being the first name on the logbook, a pre-registered car could offer exceptional value for money. A dealer registers the car – usually to meet monthly sales targets – and then passes a hefty discount on to what is now the second owner.

The savings can be significant, with otherwise new cars available for the price of something used. We spent a few hours on Auto Trader to see what’s available right now.

Suzuki Celerio SZ2: £5,989Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Around a third of new cars sold in this country are pre-registered, so you’re never short of options. While you won’t be able to choose the colour, trim or add any factory-fitted options, you might drive away with a significant discount.

Right now, there are 246 pre-registered Suzuki models for sale on Auto Trader, and while an entry-level Celerio is hardly exciting, the £1,010 saving is hard to ignore. At £5,989 its cheaper than the Britain’s lowest price new car: the Dacia Sandero Access.

 

Fiat Panda Pop: £7,200Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Another advantage of buying a pre-reg car is the immediate delivery, meaning you won’t have to wait weeks, possibly months for your new car to arrive. Check out this Fiat Panda Pop, which is available with a £2,000 discount.

The Pop specification is hardly generous – central locking, radio/CD player and power steering is as good as it gets – but it remains one of our favourite city cars.

Vauxhall Viva SE A/C: £7,290Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

A dealer will be keen to sell a pre-reg car simply to create space for new stock. This means you might be able to negotiate a further discount, or add some dealer-fit accessories to sweeten the deal. If you don’t ask…

While we appreciate you’re unlikely to dream about owning a Vauxhall Viva, the £2,380 saving on this SE A/C model is certainly eye-catching.

Toyota Aygo X: £6,695Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Buying a pre-reg car means you’re taking ownership of what is essentially a used car – the dealer is the first name on the logbook. It’s worth keeping this in mind, as when it comes to selling the car, you’ll have to list it as ‘two owners’ and not one. This will have an impact on the valuation.

It’s swings and roundabouts, mind, as you’ll have saved a significant sum on the original price. The Toyota Aygo X is a basic city car, but it does offer LED daytime running lights and remote central locking. This 66-plate car has just five miles on the clock and is available with a £1,800 saving.

Peugeot 108 3-door Active: £7,494Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Another thing to bear in mind with a pre-reg is that a warranty and free breakdown cover will apply from the date of first registration, not the date when you collect the car. This could be a few days, but equally it could be a few weeks or months removed from the cover.

A small price to pay for a big discount? In the case of this Peugeot 108 Active, the saving is a chunky £2,811. Not bad for a car with just one mile on the clock.

Fiat Punto Pop: £7,800Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Yes, Fiat still builds the Punto supermini. Perhaps unsurprisingly, securing a discount won’t be a massive test of your negotiating skills, as demonstrated by this 66-plate with a single mile on the clock.

The list price is £11,635, but this dealer in the north east is offering the car for just £7,800. That’s a pre-reg discount of £3,835.

Vauxhall Astra GTC: £11,500Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

This is a curious one. The seventh generation Vauxhall Astra was launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but it’s still possible to buy the GTC sports coupe version of the Mk6 model.

In fairness, the GTC still looks good today, but it comes as no surprise to discover it being offered with a massive £10,000 discount.

Fiat 500 Pop: £9,000Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

For most Fiat 500 owners, part of the joy of ownership will come from spending time with the configurator and creating something special using the countless colour, wheel and trim options. So you might think a pre-reg 500 would be a hard sell.

This 66-plate example looks pretty basic, but it does come with a £2,000 discount and you won’t have to wait for it to be built and delivered.

Suzuki Ignis SZ-T: £9,999Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

The Suzuki Ignis is one of the newest cars on the block, but that doesn’t mean that pre-reg bargains are hard to find. Indeed, there are 20 examples for sale with fewer than 100 miles on the clock.

This one caught our eye and not just because of the Flame Orange paintwork. The SZ-T is a feature-packed trim level that will normally set you back at least £11,499. Stonecare is offering the 66-plate car with a £1,500 discount.

Ford Fiesta ST3: £15,995Pre-reg bargains: discounted new cars to buy now

Ford unveiled a new Fiesta ST at the Geneva Motor Show, but you won’t be able to buy one until 2018. This gives you plenty of time to revel in what remains the best-value hot hatch on the market.

You could spend £20,145 on the flagship ST3. Alternatively, you could save £4,150 and buy this 66-plate pre-reg. Wow.

 

Britain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Britain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Britain’s most wanted hybrid and electric carsWhen you clambered out of bed this morning, were you desperately hoping to discover what were Auto Trader’s most viewed electric and hybrid adverts in 2016? If so, we bring good news, as here are the answers, kicking off with the most viewed hybrids, presented in reverse order. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

10. Honda Civic HybridBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Remember the Honda Civic Hybrid? Probably not, because it lived in the shadow of the more popular Toyota Prius, but it makes a terrific used buy. The Mk2 is powered by the 1.3-litre engine from the Honda Jazz, which works with an electric motor to deliver the economy of a 1.1-litre car and the performance of a 1.6. Prices range from £1,250 to £6,000.

9. Lexus GS 450hBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The petrol-electric 450h is the flagship of the Lexus GS range, powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine mated to a CVT transmission. New, you’ll spend upwards of £52,995 on a GS 450h, but used prices start at £4,000. That’s an awful lot of car for the money.

8. Mercedes-Benz E-ClassBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Whether you’re looking at a used E300 diesel-hybrid or a brand new E350e petrol-hybrid, the Mercedes-Benz is a popular search on Auto Trader. The new E350e plug-in hybrid pairs a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with an electric motor to deliver CO2 emissions of just 49g/km. Prices start from £45,510.

7. Lexus RX 400hBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The Lexus RX 400h arrived in 2005 and immediately struck a chord with eco-conscious SUV drivers. The petrol-electric version of the RX paired a 3.3-litre V6 engine with an electric motor to deliver best-in-class fuel economy and brisk performance. Used prices range from £4,000 for a high-miler to £14,000 for a more recent example. These things are very good at holding their value.

6. Lexus IS 300hBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Lexus’ near dominance of the hybrid sector continues with the IS 300h. New, you’ll spend £29,995 on the entry-level IS 300h SE, and in return you’ll see CO2 emissions of 97g/km and a claimed 67.2mpg. Used prices start from around £12,000.

5. BMW i8Britain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

We take a break from this Lexus party to bring you a slice of the future. Thanks to its supercar-styling, the BMW i8 is the poster child of the hybrid sector, with a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor combining to create a total system output of 357hp. New, you’ll pay upwards of £104,660, while used prices start from a not unreasonable £60,000.

4. Toyota Auris HybridBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Meanwhile, back in the real world… A Toyota Auris Hybrid will set you back at least £20,895, and in return you could see up to 80.7mpg and CO2 emissions of 79g/km. The Auris Hybrid pairs a 1.8-litre petrol engine with an electric motor, and while it’s not the most exciting car on the planet, it does a reasonable job of protecting it. It should be reliable, too.

3. Lexus RX 450hBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

We return to Lexus, where we find the RX making its second appearance. The current RX is available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine in the form of the 200t, but the 450h petrol-hybrid is far more interesting. The 3.5-litre V6 engine and electric motor combine to deliver 262hp, whilst delivering CO2 emissions of just 120g/km. Other SUVs are available, but we doubt any will be as dependable as a Lexus RX.

2. Lexus CT 200hBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The self-proclaimed “world’s first full hybrid luxury compact” is the most affordable entry point into the Lexus brand and a rival to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, BMW 1 Series and Audi A3. It’s not as exciting as Lexus would have you believe, but it is well equipped and should be reliable. Prices start from £22,495.

1. Toyota PriusBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

So here it is: the most popular hybrid on Auto Trader. We’re offering no prizes if you guessed that the Toyota Prius would be sitting at the top of the hybrid tree as it has become the near brand generic for eco cars. You can pick up a really early Prius for around a grand, while new prices start from £24,100.

Top 10 electric carsBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

So that’s the top 10 most viewed hybrids on Auto Trader in 2016, but what about electric cars? Read on to discover the most popular EVs…

10. Mitsubishi i-MiEVBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was one of the first all-electric cars to be available in the UK, but sales suffered from a high price tag, buyer apathy and a relatively small real-world range of 80-100 miles. New, you’d have paid around £30,000 for this pioneering EV, although the price was later reduced. Only one used i-MiEV is for sale and it could be yours for £5,500.

9. Peugeot iOnBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The Peugeot iOn is essentially a rebadged version of the i-MiEV but, crucially, it’s still available to buy new. The price is a not unreasonable £15,995 and Peugeot claims you could drive up to 93 miles on a full charge. The game has moved on, which is why the i-MiEV, iOn and Citroen C-Zero were never big sellers.

8. Volkswagen e-GolfBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Take a wander through the streets of London and you’ll spot countless Volkswagen e-Golfs charging by the roadside. Right now, you can buy the all-electric Golf for £275 per month after a deposit of £7,034.77.

7. Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric DriveBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Alternatively, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is available for £299 per month after a £2,999 deposit and £7,194.57 dealer contribution. The Electric Drive will sprint to 62mph in 7.9 seconds and offers a range of up to 124 miles.

6. Renault FluenceBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The Renault Fluence was a short-lived EV available in the UK from 2012 to 2013. New, you’d have paid £17,850 after a £5,000 government grant, but that price didn’t include the cost of leasing the battery from Renault. Something to factor in if you’re thinking of spending between £3,000 and £4,000 on a used Fluence.

5. Renault TwizyBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The Renault Twizy: there’s quite literally nothing else like it on the road. It’s a bit of a hard sell in the UK, not least because you have to pay extra for the doors! Prices start from £6,690, but you’ll need to factor in the cost of battery hire, of which prices range from £45 to £67 a month, depending on mileage and length of contract.

4. Renault ZoeBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

And so to the ‘big four’ of the electric car world, starting with this: the Renault Zoe. The popular EV has recently been updated and now offers an NEDC range of 250 miles, with real-life estimates of 186 miles in the summer and 124 miles in the winter. Prices start from £13,995 after the government grant, but you’ll need to find at least £59 per month for the ZE 40 battery hire.

3. BMW i3Britain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

In standard form the BMW i3 offers a range of up to 125 miles, or 206 miles if you opt for the Range Extender model. It’s currently available from £269 a month after a £3,999 initial rental. Alternatively, used prices start from around £15,000.

2. Nissan LeafBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

The Nissan Leaf is available in two configurations: a Leaf 24kWh offering 124 miles of range, and a Leaf 30kWh offering 155 miles. That said, as in all electric vehicles, you’ll need to drive with care in order to achieve these targets. Right now, Nissan is offering a Leaf Tekna 24kWh for £199 per month with a £1,000 Nissan deposit contribution. The offer includes free insurance and servicing.

1. Tesla Model SBritain’s most wanted hybrid and electric cars

Visit the Tesla website and you’ll find a very handy range calculator. Adjust the speed, outside temperature, size of wheels to discover the impact they have on the real-world range. Thanks to a network of Superchargers and a realistic range, the Model S makes EV ownership a realistic proposition. It doesn’t come cheap, mind.

Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy nowIf you’ve got £10,000 to spend on a used car, what are your options? Much will depend on what you’re looking for, but we’ve selected 20 cars for sale on Auto Trader to provide some inspiration. To be selected, a car must be no more than three-years-old and with a sensible amount of miles on the clock. As always, inclusion doesn’t represent an endorsement.

Honda Civic: £10,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

We kick things off with the current Honda Civic, which majors on practicality and comfort. That it’s not the drivers’ car it once was won’t matter to the majority of owners, but the poor rearward visibility is hard to ignore. A new Civic is on the way, so you might find your budget goes further when buying a used example.

This 2014 car is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine and comes with a host of desirable options, including Bluetooth, cruise control, parking sensors and automatic wipers. As a bonus, the next two services are included within the price.

Skoda Octavia: £9,667Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Why buy a Volkswagen Golf when you can buy a car that offers more space and better value for money? The Skoda Octavia is an evergreen member of our used car galleries, and for good reason. They might not be the most exciting cars on the planet – vRS models aside – but they’re practical, solidly built and usually well equipped.

This 2014 example offers exceptional value money with just 6,077 miles on the clock. The SE trim offers a good level of specification, while the 1.2-litre petrol is surprisingly adept at hauling this hatchback along. The DSG transmission wouldn’t be our first choice, but that’s our only complaint with this one.

Ford Fiesta: £8,499Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

You know those monthly ‘sales’ figures that seem to show just how well the new car industry is doing? The knock-on effect of these new car registrations is a surplus of nearly-new used car stock. The Ford Fiesta is a good case in point.

This pre-registered Fiesta has ‘travelled’ a mere seven miles and is offered with a £1,896 saving off the new price. It’s one of a huge number of similarly priced Fiestas, meaning you can pick and choose your engine and trim.

Volkswagen Up: £9,950Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Look, it’s another pre-registered bargain. Seriously, armed with a £10,000 budget, you can select from a wide range of superminis and city cars. The Volkswagen Up is arguably the perfect city car, even if we’d choose the Skoda Citigo when buying new.

It’s hard to ignore this Volkswagen Up in ‘High Up’ spec, and not just because it’s finished in Honey Yellow Metallic. It offers a big car specification for a small car price.

Mazda 3: £9,982Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Thanks to the dominance of the Golf, Focus and Astra, cars like the Mazda 3 tend to get overlooked. Which is a shame, as the 3 is one of the best looking cars in the segment, not to mention one of the sharpest to drive.

This 2015 car has covered 39,000 miles and has a full service history. Check out the cabin which, again, is one of the nicest in the family hatchback segment.

Kia Cee’d: £10,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Buying a Kia Cee’d makes a great deal of sense, not least because a two-year-old example will have the remainder of Kia’s seven-year warranty. It also helps that the Cee’d is well-equipped and fuel efficient.

The 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine in this 2015 example could return around 51.4mpg and has covered just 9,401 miles.

Suzuki Swift: £10,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

A new Suzuki Swift will be launched this year, but it’ll have to be pretty special to improve on the outgoing model. It looks great, is good to drive and offers a generous level of standard spec.

The SZ-L is a desirable special edition, offering black 16-inch alloy wheels, sat nav, DAB digital radio, LED daytime running lights and a cheeky rear spoiler. New, you’d pay from £11,649, but this 2016 example is on sale for £10,000. Buy it, because the world needs more Horizon Orange cars on the road.

Abarth 500: £9,995Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

The Abarth 500 is the closest you’ll get to a sports car in a supermini body, with ‘go-kart’ like handling and terrific steering feel. Some won’t like the firm ride, but that’s a small price to pay for a pint-sized performance hero.

This 2015 car looks the business and has covered a mere 6,822 miles. We love the chequered-red roof and 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels.

BMW 1 Series: £10,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

The rear-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series is the sharpest handling member of the family hatchback segment and is blessed with an efficient range of diesel engines. Its biggest drawback: space for rear seat passengers.

If you don’t care about your passengers, this 2014 car will be hard to ignore. The specification is generous, while the 59,598 miles on the clock suggests a stress-free life on the motorway.

Audi A1: £10,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Other superminis might offer better value for money, but few can offer a feel good factor quite like the Audi A1. The cabin might be a little sombre, but the quality is what you’d expect from an Audi.

Predictably, this 2014 car passed a recent MOT with flying colours and no advisories. What’s more, 23,680 miles is sensible for a three-year-old supermini.

Dacia Duster: £8,296Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Buy a new Dacia Duster in Laureate trim today and you’ll spend upwards of £13,995. Great value, but why would you when this 2015 example is on sale for just £8,995?

The 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine is tried and tested, while the Woodland Brown metallic paint gives the Duster an upmarket feel. One-owner from new and 22,938 miles complete the deal.

SEAT Leon: £9,295Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Another Volkswagen Golf by another name, the SEAT Leon offers great value for money when new, and even better value for money on the used car network. It’s a good seller, so there’s plenty of choice.

Take this 2015 Leon 1.6-litre TDi in SE spec. Just one-owner from new, 35,139 miles on the clock and a DSG transmission. All this for £9,295.

Toyota Aygo: £7,994Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

There are hundreds of Toyota Aygos available for £10,000, but we’ve avoided the rather spartan X-Play models.

Instead, how about this X-Clusiv model, which offers 15-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen entertainment system and reversing camera. A £7,994 price tag is quite a saving on the £13,035 on the list price when new.

SsangYong Tivoli: £9,995Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

One day, we might look back on the Tivoli as the car that transformed the fortunes of SsangYong in the UK. It’s the Korean firm’s most credible car to date, offering exceptional value for money across the range.

It hasn’t been on sale long, but used examples are creeping beneath the £10,000 mark. This 2015 example has covered 8,027 miles and comes in mid-spec EX trim level.

Nissan Pulsar: £9,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

OK, so the Nissan Pulsar isn’t the most exciting car in the family hatchback segment, but it does offer a jaw-dropping amount of rear legroom. A curious USP, granted, but it’s like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the back of a Pulsar. Of sorts.

In fairness, there’s more to the Pulsar than a huge amount of rear legroom, it’s just that the car doesn’t sparkle. This 2015 example is good value at £9,000.

Citroen DS3: £10,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

This could be our favourite car in this £10,000 gallery. The Citroen DS3 is at its best when powered by the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, making this 2014 DSport a potential peach.

Highlights include a full leather interior, climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear park-assist and just one owner from new. Where do we sign?

MINI Hatchback: £7,995Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

The MINI One D is a hidden gem of the current MINI range. The One might be the entry-level model, but the 1.5-litre diesel engine is the same unit you’ll find in the more costly Cooper D. And it’s a cracking engine, too.

This 2015 car should offer the same feel good factor as more expensive MINIs, thanks in part to the orange paintwork. The claimed 83.1mpg is an added bonus.

Renault Twingo: £9,499Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

We happen to think that the Renault Twingo is most desirable when powered by the non-turbocharged SCe 70 model, despite giving up 20hp to the 90hp TCe model. It helps that the power peaks at 6,000rpm, encouraging you to explore the upper reaches of the rev counter in the name of good fun.

This 2017 Twingo is a pre-registered car with just five miles on the clock and loaded with the toys associated with the Dynamique trim level.

Honda Jazz: £7,995Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

Face it, you knew we’d be recommending a Honda Jazz. The fact remains: the Jazz is one of the best used cars you can buy. It offers more space than a standard supermini, has an excellent track record for reliability, and cars tend to be driven by careful and considerate owners.

The Si trim is the ‘sporty’ member of the range and this Milano Red example has covered a mere 17,137 from new. Yours for less than £8,000.

Hyundai Veloster: £10,000Best used cars for £10,000 you can buy now

We finish with a curveball: the Hyundai Veloster. The quirky-looking coupe is a rare sight on UK roads as it never sold in huge numbers. It’s not the sharpest car to drive, but the extra side door makes it interesting/strange/weird (delete as applicable).

This 2015 car is being sold through a Hyundai main dealer and will be covered by the manufacturer warranty until 2020. With 7,005 miles on the clock, we have to ask: what has it been doing for the past two years?

 

20 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

20 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

20 quirky classics for sale on Auto TraderAuto Trader is great if you’re looking to buy a five-year-old Ford Focus or nearly-new BMW 3 Series. But what if you’re after something a little different?

Armed with a virtual blank chequebook, we trawled the depths of the classifieds in search of quirky classics and rare oddities? If you’re hooked on classic cars, one of these might catch your eye.

Auto Union 1000: £13,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

When Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer merged in 1932, the result was the Auto Union parent company. Twenty-five years later, Auto Union launched the first model under its own name: the Auto Union 1000 Coupé de Luxe. Technically it was similar to the DKW 3=6, albeit with a 1,000cc engine developing 44hp.

This 1958 car was recently imported from South Africa and would have been one of the first off the production line. The seller claims it is “very genuine and rust free”, while the odometer is showing 25,000 miles.

DeLorean DMC-12: £29,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

As a supercar, or even a sports car, the DeLorean DMC-12 couldn’t hold a candle to its contemporary rivals. It was too big, too heavy and the Renault V6 engine – whilst good in its own right – wasn’t the V8 or V12 lump demanded by supercar buyers of the early 80s. And yet, against the odds, a starring role in Back to the Future ensured the DMC-12 would become one of the most iconic cars of the 20th century.

As a 1981 car, this DMC-12 was one of the first to roll off the Belfast production line and the ad claims it has (time?) travelled 17,000 miles. Buy this and everyone will stop and stare. Not a car for shrinking violets.

Fiat 126 Bis: £2,95020 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Fiat 126 was introduced in 1972 and was faced with the unenviable task of following the Fiat 500. Fifteen years later, the 126 Bis arrived, featuring a new 26hp watercooled engine and practical hatchback rear end.

We’re not entirely sure what’s going on with a couple of the photos on this ad, but the 1989 126 Bis looks to be in remarkably good condition. Quick, it most certainly won’t be, but the green and white stripes are good for an extra 5hp. Probably.

Alfa Romeo 164: £7,94020 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Alfa Romeo 164 shares its ‘Type Four’ platform with the Saab 9000, Fiat Croma and Lancia Thema, and is, in our opinion, the prettiest of the lot. Add the glorious Busso 3.0-litre V6 engine to the mix and you’ve got all the ingredients required for one of the most alluring executive cars of the 1990s.

Which is why this left-hand-drive example appeals. Sure, at £7,940, it might be a while before a buyer arrives with a bag full of cash, but you’ll struggle to find a better one. It was sold new in Japan, before being imported by the dealer selling it today. With a mere 27,000 miles on the clock and what appears to be a faultless interior, we’re struggling to avoid falling in love.

Austin Champ: £14,99020 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

Had it not been for the Land Rover, the Austin Champ might have enjoyed considerable success in the UK and export markets. Like the Land Rover, it was inspired by the Willys Jeep, but by arriving four years later than its more famous rival, the Austin Champ was doomed to failure. It wasn’t reliable enough for the military, while the civilian market had already fallen for the Land Rover.

Which kind of makes survivors such as this all the more interesting. It’s one of two for sale on Auto Trader, the other one being totally original and with just 1,700 miles on the clock. But we find this fully restored example all the more appealing, although we readily admit that we might be swayed by the military specification.

Daihatsu Cuore Avanzato: £2,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Daihatsu Cuore Avanzato TR-XX R4 – to give its full and slightly comedic name – is like a rare Pokémon. They don’t come up for sale very often, and when they do, their diminutive dimensions make them incredibly hard to spot. We don’t suggest chucking a Poké Ball at this Avanzato would be a good idea, but we’d wholeheartedly recommend owning one.

The four-wheel-drive kei car on acid is powered by a 660cc turbocharged engine and weighs less than a bag of sugar. To drive, the Avanzato is an absolute riot, not least because it redlines at 8,500rpm. A quirky future classic if ever there was one.

Citroen CX: £13,44020 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

We looked on a well-known classic car website and found a selection of Citroen CXs for sale at prices ranging from £1,500 to £10,000. Not bad for one of the the most technologically advanced cars of the 1970s. At £13,440, then, this 1987 CX could seem a little on the expensive side.

Purists might prefer a S1 model, but this 1987 S2 GTi looks to be in tip-top condition, having arrived from Japan. It stands every chance of being among the best in the country, but will anybody be prepared to fork out £13k for the privilege?

Lancia Trevi: £2,99420 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Lancia Trevi was introduced in 1980 and was essentially a four-door saloon version of the Beta. Although this one has a valid MOT, it is currently listed as SORN, making it one of five manual versions registered as ‘off the road’ by the DVLA. Indeed, the only Lancia Trevi on the road has an automatic transmission.

Some contemporary reviews criticised the “awful fascia”, but we find it fascinating and so of its time. As an Italian car of the early 80s, you might want to check that everything works.

Morris 575: £9,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

And now for something completely different… Anyone who keeps an eye on classic car auctions might recognise this from the Historics at Brooklands sale in August 2016. There, this Morris 575 pick-up – which just happened to be the Morris motor show car when new – sold for £6,720.

Now on sale for £9,995, the dealer is hoping to make a tidy profit, but try finding another one like this. Note: the MOT expired in October 2016 and there are a few issues that’ll need sorting before this pick-up rides again.

Volvo 480: £2,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Volvo 480: notable for being the Swedish firm’s first front-wheel-drive car and the only one in its history to feature pop-up headlights. It was unveiled in October 1985, before being shown to the public at the 1986 Geneva Motor Show. Production took place at the old DAF factory in the Netherlands, while the 1.7-litre engine, seen here, was sourced from Renault.

It might not be a sports car, but the shooting brake styling remains achingly cool. The ad suggests that this 1992 480 ES comes with plenty of history, although it failed an MOT in January 2017, with the tester noting problems with the parking brake.

Pontiac Firebird: £9,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

KITT – an acronym for Knight Industries Two Thousand – was one of the most famous TV cars of the 1980s. For a generation, Michael Knight’s Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is up there with the General Lee and The A-Team GMC van.

This is your chance to play at being Michael Knight in the UK, and you needn’t pay more than the price of a good city car. Note: this 1989 car has been untaxed since November 2015 and the MOT expired in October 2016.

Honda Prelude: £19,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

Stunning, isn’t it? When the fourth generation Honda Prelude arrived in 1992, it upset the European establishment by becoming the coupe of choice. All of a sudden, cars like the Volkswagen Corrado and Vauxhall Calibra seemed a little passé. Visually and technically, the Prelude stole the show, and it helped that it was stunning to look at.

The electronic four-wheel steering was a significant improvement compared to the old mechanical version, while the 2.3-litre engine, as seen here, was the unit to have. Of course, the elephant in the room is that price. At best it’s ambitious, but we can’t help but scroll through the photos with wonder. As the cliché goes: try finding another one like this.

Jowett Jupiter: £26,00020 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

Following new investment at the end of the Second World War, Yorkshire-based Jowett developed the Javelin. The Jupiter, as seen here, was the roadster version, built between 1950 and 1954. It turned out to be quite a competitive sports car, enjoying considerable success at Le Mans.

This 1951 Jupiter might not have an illustrious motorsport career to its name, but it looks quintessentially British. Sadly, Jowett died in 1954, bringing to an end five decades of proud Yorkshire history.

Mazda MX-3: £1,00020 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Mazda MX-3 arrived in March 1991 and was notable for featuring the world’s smallest six-cylinder engine, as well as previewing the new 323 platform, not set for release for another three years. Seeing this makes us mourn the passing of the affordable small coupé.

Sadly, this one-owner car isn’t powered by the sweet-sounding V6, meaning you’ll have to make do with the more conventional 1.6-litre unit. The automatic transmission will only serve to blunt the performance, but at £1,000 we’re finding it hard to ignore this sharp-suited coupé.

Mitsubishi Starion: £9,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Mitsubishi Starion evolved throughout the 1980s, gaining wider arches and upgrades. Arguably, it looks best in its original, naked form, as highlighted by this 1983 stunner. That it shares its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with the Lancer Turbo only serves to increase the levels of desire.

The ad claims the car has been fully restored, while the engine has been rebuilt. We like the fact that it still wears its original dealer sticker and number plates. Given the values of some modern classics, this Starion looks sensibly priced.

Opel Senator: £9,98520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

Back in the day, the Opel Senator was a credible rival to the premium Germans, especially when powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six engine. The Senator had it all: acres of space, excellent engineering, and a surprising turn of pace. Rust has killed many of them, but some have managed to survive.

This must be the best in the country. With 40,000 miles on the clock, the dealer claims it has been dry stored, which helps to explain why it was last taxed in 1991. On the plus side, it passed an MOT in May 2016 with no advisories.

Reliant Scimitar SS1: £2,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

In his book, The Worst Cars Ever Sold, Giles Chapman said: “If ever there was a golden opportunity to revive the small sports car, then Reliant had it in the mid 1980s. The fact that the ship was spoilt for a hap’orth of tar showed just what an amateurish outfit the company was. And then, of course, along came the Mazda MX-5.

Harsh, perhaps, because in turbocharged guise the SS1 is a cracker. Sadly, this isn’t a turbocharged car, but it does boast a near blemish-free MOT history. Logic dictates that you should spend £3k on an MX-5, but fortunately some folk like to think differently.

Saab 900: £5,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

You can’t create a gallery of quirky cars without mentioning Saab, so here’s a slice of Swedish greatness. Of course, the smart money’s on the 900 Turbo, but it’s important to remember the unsung heroes of the range, such as this flat-nosed gem.

Steel wheels, cream paintwork (read: hearing aid beige), and a basic specification only serve to make this ‘demo plus one family owner’ car all the more appealing.

Triumph Acclaim: £2,45020 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The Acclaim was the last car to wear a Triumph badge, but it’s also notable for being the first of many Anglo-Japanese cars to be built in the UK. It was based on the Honda Ballade, which ensured the Acclaim offered greater reliability than Triumph customers had grown accustomed to.

This 1983 car is a late example – production finished in summer 1984 – and has an excellent MOT history. From the photos at least, it appears to be in brilliant condition.

Fiat 132: £6,99520 quirky classics for sale on Auto Trader

The chances are you may never have seen a Fiat 132 in the UK. Indeed, you can count the number left on the road using the fingers of two hands. The 132 arrived in the UK in 1972, taking over from the old 125 saloon. It was never a big seller here, which helps to explain why so few are left.

This 1978 example was imported from Malta, so it should have escaped the ravages of rust. The 2.0-litre twin-cam engine gives it a surprising turn of pace, although it’s genuinely hard to value a car as rare as this. Does seven grand for a Fiat saloon from the 1970s represent good value for money? You decide.

Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy nowThere are certain cast-iron truths of the used-car market. If a car looks too good to be true, it will probably bankrupt you. Every old banger becomes a classic if you wait long enough. And buying a convertible in the depths of winter is a great idea.

Convertibles are cheapest at this time of year, and there are some tempting bargains to be had. We’ve picked 20 of the best available on Auto Trader right now. But you’d better be quick…

Mazda MX-5 (Mk2)Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

Where else to start but with the venerable MX-5? The world’s best-selling sports car is fun, plentiful and cheap to buy. Early Mk1 versions (1989-1997) are becoming scarce and the Mk3 (2005-2015) isn’t as enjoyable to drive, so we’ve opted for the Mk2 (1998-2005), otherwise known as the NB.

There are more than 1,200 MX-5s for sale on Auto Trader at the time of writing, so you can afford to be picky. While this 2004 car isn’t the cheapest, we find the “ultra low mileage”, 1.8-litre engine and near one-owner status rather appealing. It also helps that it looks incredibly tidy.

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Vauxhall VX220Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

The Vauxhall VX220: a two-seat sports car, based on the S2 Elise and built at the Lotus factory in Hethel. A cut-price Elise, then? Launched in 2000 with the 2.2-litre Ecotec engine found in Vauxhall’s more mundane motors, the VX220 was later treated a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, giving it genuine supercar-taming credentials.

Again, it’s possible to buy cheaper, but this looks like one of the best naturally aspirated VX220s on sale. If the mileage stacks up and a history check doesn’t reveal any previous damage, this could be a wise investment. Looks great in Rabiata Red, too.

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Mercedes-Benz SL (R129)Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

Few cars of the 1990s have aged as well as the Mercedes-Benz SL, internal name R129. While its predecessors might be well beyond ‘bargain’ territory, the R129 remains affordable, while offering genuine everyday usability. Performance from the six-cylinder is adequate, while the V12 is best described as ‘excessive’. Our pick would be a V8.

With this Mercedes-Benz SL500 we’re really spoiling you. The dealer claims that it comes with a full service history, while the 107,000 miles is nothing for a car of this quality and engine size. We believe R129 prices are only going to go one way, making the £6,450 asking price seem like a bargain.

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BMW 3 Series Convertible (E46)Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

At the turn of the millennium, this was the convertible to be seen in. The 3 Series Convertible offered a supreme combination of image, build quality and, crucially, driving dynamics that were almost on a par with the hardtop version of the E46 3 Series. Opt for the 320i if you’re in search of the best all-rounder.

There are so many 3 Series Convertibles for sale on Auto Trader, but this out certainly stands out. The engine and specification are desirable, and it has covered a mere 40,000 miles in a little over a decade.

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Audi A4 CabrioletWinter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

If one four-seat convertible could challenge the 3 Series of the day it was the Audi A4 Cabriolet. Unveiled at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show, the A4 Cabriolet was the long overdue replacement for the ageing 80-based Audi Cabriolet, and was launched just as Audi’s brand image headed into orbit.

You’ll either love or hate the colour, but you’ll certainly stand out from the crowd. And because it’s not silver or black, there’ll be fewer people chasing this particular model. A potential bargain at just £2,150.

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Volkswagen Golf CabrioletWinter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

Looks like a Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Mk4, right? Peel away the covers and you might be disappointed, because it’s actually a Mk3 Golf, dressed up to look like a Mk4. A kind of Mk3.5, if you like. If you can put up with a Mk3 chassis and interior, the Golf Cabriolet is hard to ignore.

Would it be fair to say this looks as good as any other topless VWs of recent years? Why buy a new Golf Cabriolet or used Eos, when a 1998 car looks this good? Being a 2.0-litre Avantgarde model simply adds to the appeal.

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Porsche BoxsterWinter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

You can buy an original Porsche Boxster (986) for stupidly low money, but we don’t want to give you that. Instead, we recommend opting for the much-improved second generation 987, launched in 2005. The standard 2.7-litre engine is a great choice if you intend to drive your Boxster everyday, but the S – initially a 3.2, but later a 3.4 – is the car to covet.

As a 3.4-litre car, this Boxster S benefits from 295hp, up from 280hp in the 3.2-litre version, while the relatively high mileage means that it could be yours for the same price as a much earlier example. If it has been well maintained using the right parts, this might be worth a look.

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Honda S2000Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

A future classic, if ever there was one. If you’re after a lazy performance car, the Honda S2000 isn’t for you. But if you fancy a sports car that needs to be taken by the scruff of the neck, the S2000 is almost without peer. The magic happens above 6,000rpm, at which point the VTEC delivers the fireworks.

The final S2000 rolled off the production line in 2009, so finding one for sale at a Honda dealer is becoming increasingly difficult. This 2006 has covered 69,735 miles and is up for sale at a Honda dealer in the South East. Silverstone Metallic and red leather is a nice combination.

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Toyota MR2 (Mk3)Winter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

Thanks to the shadow created by the Mazda MX-5, the Toyota MR2 is so often overlooked, but dismiss this bundle of joy and you’ll be missing out. This mid-engined two-seater is a roadster in the truest sense, with a lightweight feel and a free-revving engine. Just don’t expect to pack much more than your toothbrush.

Third generation MR2 prices vary considerably, ranging from £1,500 to around £5,000. At £2,295, this 2002 example is sensibly priced, and with just 77,000 miles on the clock, there’s still plenty of life in the 1.8-litre VVTi engine.

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Audi TT RoadsterWinter warmers: 10 bargain convertibles to buy now

There’s no doubt the original TT lost some of its purity when Audi removed the roof, but in just about every other respect, the TT Roadster is as good as the Coupe. You still get the gorgeous interior, while the familiar 1.8-litre turbocharged engine is cheap to run and widely available.

OK, we’ll admit it: we’ve been seduced by the red paint. But scroll through the photos and you’ll see why we’ve selected this 2005 TT from the countless others on sale. The spec and condition are – on the evidence of the description and images – hard to beat.

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