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Top 10: Classic cars to buy for less than £1000 in 2021

For anyone tiring of all the talk of rising values of classic cars, and who might be worried that historics are out of reach, this top 10 should be a breath of fresh air. We've scanned the classified ads, and debated it in the HJC office, and come up with 10 classic cars that you can quite easily pick up for less than a grand. This makes a nice contrast to our recent list of future classics available for less than £1000.

Our selection might not be the last word in sexiness, but we can guarantee that if you buy any of the cars in our list, you'll definitely end up driving a talking point. The good news - also - is that you're not staring down the barrel of a rusting hulk of a project. Our minimum requirement is that the cars we've selected are available in presentable condition, running and with a valid MoT certificate. You might be surprised at just what good value classic cars are available for your very reasonable outlay.

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Mercedes-Benz W124

The mid-line Mercedes-Benz is a classless offering that's really come into its own right now. Given the choice, we'll always go for the estate version, even if the chances are that it's had a harder life than the equivalent saloon. The car we've chosen here is a straight-six powered 300TE, which combines punchy performance, smooth transmission and driving experience, and a roomy load bay. The additional rear seats in the luggage area are always desirable. In short, a good, usable classic.

Check out this Mercedes-Benz 300TE on Car and Classic

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