Selling your classic car? It's FREE to list your car on Honest John Classics | No thanks

I want a bit of 1980s nostalgia - what do you suggest?

I grew up in the 1980s in France and am now really keen to grab a piece of motoring nostalia from this era. I'd love a convertible ideally. I'm not a motoring expert at all, but probably can learn to do basic stuff. I've got a budget of up to £5K. Do you think it's realistic to find something matching my criteria? And what would you look for in terms of make/model. I've always loved the Peugeot Roland Garros convertible but not sure you can get it in the UK?

Asked on 20 June 2018 by laure

Answered by Keith Moody
Have a look at our roundup of usable (and affordable) convertibles from the 1980s and 1990s for inspiration (classics.honestjohn.co.uk/top-10s/top-10-1980s90s-...s). If you'd like to use your car all year round, Citroen XMs (launched at the end of 1980s) are good value or you could go for a Peugeot 205 convertible (but watch for rust). There are few guidelines to follow when buying a car of this era. Although most were well rustproofed, the tinworm can still strike - especially if a car's been damaged in an accident. You'll also want to make sure that it's been well looked after so history is a must. Finally, try and find one that's been used - it's all well and good finding a timewarp low-mileage model but modern classics like these suffer from lack of use and their more complex mechanical components such as fuel injection can suffer, which will cause running and reliability issues. Go for something quirky and French and you'll come in well under budget - unless you go for a popular high-value model like a Citroen 2CV, Talbot Matra Rancho, Renault 5 Turbo, or Peugeot 205 GTi. You'll also enjoy the support of a great bunch of petrolheads via the club scene.
Similar questions
With all the publicity about over complex, money pit, unfit for purpose cars - what do you recommend as a low tech alternative? I realise regulations don't permit this for a modern car, but what about...
Near where I live, in Italy, there is a Montego parked on a driveway, doing nothing like it has been doing for the past 10 or 12 years. Is it the only one left in the world? What could it be worth?
Do you know the value of my Volvo 740 GLE Auto? It's done 46,000 miles and was registered on 1 January 1988.
Related models
Tin Snail is a economy motoring icon, comfortable, long-legged, limpet-like grip and a roll-back canvas roof
Roomy, comfortable and clever
Funky to look at, useful and huge inside
Great styling, reliable drivetrain, cool and classless
The most perfect practical design for a small car ever, diesels economical, GTis huge fun, no rust traps, last well
 

Ask Honest John