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Top 10: Classics for first-timers

With increasing numbers of enthusiasts looking for their first-time buy, the classic car market appears to be in rude health. Values are increasing (and have been for some time) as demand for the best examples of the most popular models remains high. But which cars are the top buys for anyone about to take the plunge?

We’ve brought together ten of the most suitable cars for enthusiasts looking to buy their first classic – and whether your preference is for sportiness, economy or sheer practicality, we reckon there’s something here to suit all tastes, as well as most first-time budgets. As ever, let us know your own thoughts – and which classic you’d personally recommend.

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Ford Anglia 105E

Launched in 1959 and enjoying an eight-year career, the 105E was one of the most distinctive Fords of the ’60s. The initial 997cc Standard and Deluxe models were joined by the 1198cc Super, as well as estate and van versions, giving Ford an extensive range and sales of almost 1.3 million.

Values have shot up in recent years, though around £5000 will still buy you a good survivor with years of life left in it. And in typical Ford fashion, you’ll end up with a classic that’s easy to work on and cheap to service.


Husbandofstinky    on 13 November 2019

You will always get the 'why isn't this here' and 'why isn't that there' with only ten slots to allocate.

However, why or why is Type 1 VW Bettle not there?

Not a particular fan of them, but every aspect of them, design, availability, the simplest of mechanics, cult following etc.... screams out it should be up there as almost one of the first and most obvious choices

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