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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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Porsche 924

The 1977-on Porsche 924 caused controversy when new thanks to its 2.0-litre VW/Audi engine and the fact it was built in a Volkswagen factory. And yet the standard 924 makes a superb entry into Porsche possession; values are finally on the rise, but you can pick up an excellent 2.0-litre car for £3000.

The standard 924 was joined by the (170bhp) Turbo two years after its launch, available now for £5000-8000 in very good order. But we’d be most tempted by the 924S of 1985-88, featuring the 944’s 150bhp, 2.5-litre powerplant and a great buy at £4000-6000.


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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