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Top 10: 21st Century Classics

With new figures showing that once cars reach the age of 18, owners start cherishing them - we've put together a list of the 21st century cars that are soon to become collectable.

And no, we're not talking about Porsches, or Ferraris or Astons - they were always going to be a classic. These are the ordinary cars that once lined Britain's streets but are now a much rarer site.

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BMW 5-series E39 (1996-2003)

It was, so many people said, 'the best car in the world.' And who are we to argue? Designed before Chris Bangle's flame surface styling set the tone for the premium saloons of the 2000s, the 3- 5- and 7-series were basically the same shape... just in different sizes.

It wasn't just the outside that looked great - the inside of an E39 is still a great place to be. And then there's the handling. With near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, the car was an absolute joy from start to finish. It doesn't matter if you want a runaround to drop the kids of at school, notch up the miles on the motorway, or attack the apex on-track - the E39 can do it all.

Read our BMW 5-series E39 review and buyer's guide

Comments

Iain Harris    on 29 April 2019

I would think the Fiesta ST in all forms deserves to be on the list give the past collectible performance of previous fast Fords.

Won't be many in mint condition in years to come

tolabur    on 29 April 2019

Personally I drive an Old Mercedes 220 Avantgarde Estate. 2003 and it still is going well.
Tes Mercedes are expensive to service. But in my case apart from a Broken Front Spring and a couple of electrical problems. It fine I get wonderful MPG and it's not because I drive slowly. Going down through France into Spain and halfway across Spain it returns well over 55 MPG. This cannot be bad for a 16 year old car, Comfortable Yes. Economical Yes. Attractive Yes,.
In other word it rings my Bell.
This after driving so many different makes over 60 years!
Am I happy with it YES.
Would I like Newer one YES YES,
Just cant afford one.
David Collins
davejcollins@live.com

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