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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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Morris Minor

Another of Issigonis’ all-time classics, the 1948-71 Minor saloon still offers good value, particularly in 948cc or 1098cc Minor 1000 guise. While the less commonplace Traveller, Tourer and commercials have seen prices on the increase, it’s still possible to pick up a Minor 1000 from the ’60s for £2500-3000 – complete with tidy bodywork, a sensible mileage and with plenty of life left in it.

You’ll find it an entertaining drive too, with nimble handling and all the precision of rack and pinion steering, making the Minor a surprisingly fun experience on any twisty road.


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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