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Top 10: Best classic cars for under £1500

At this time of the year, having a daily-use car that’s capable, reliable and comes with a decent heater is pretty much essential. But if you fancy something with a classic twist and have no more than £1500 to spend, what are the best choices?

By looking at some of the most popular saloons and hatches of the ’80s and ’90s, you can enjoy decent reliability, sensible running costs and enough creature comforts to make winter motoring that bit more bearable. Check out our ten top choices

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Audi 80

One of the most durable winter classics has to be the B3 and B4 generation of Audi 80 produced between 1986 and 1996. Values of the best have risen, and it’s not unusual to see asking prices of £2500-plus for a low-mileage example of even the basic versions; buy privately though, and you should fine a very usable car for £1500 or less.

With strong mechanicals and galvanised steel used throughout, these cars were built to last, and boasted a reputation for longevity. An Audi 80 may lack charisma but it more than makes up for it in sheer robustness.


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