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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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Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is the perfect classic sports car for those who aren't prepared to live with classic car foibles. So - and, yes, it's a cliche - it'll start in the morning, and won't let you down, while keeping your drive free of oil stains. It's still a cracking drive, with beautiful handling, and lovely responsiveness, so it's a perfect 10 all round? Nearly - you'll have to fight the odd bit of rust here and there. But the good news is, most body shops are happy to oblige. This example is typical of the breed - it's a UK car, with a seemingly loving owner, and in appealing Marina Blue. And yes, it does need a little bodywork doing. But what a hoot for the money.

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