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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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Volkswagen Golf MkII

The second-generation Golf arrived in 1983 and now makes a superb first-time buy for fans of ’80s classics. Ultimate version is inevitably the 1.8 GTi, a car that’s following the original in terms of rising values. Even so, you can pick up a good example for £3000-4000, or a superb one for £5000.

Most interesting of the non-GTi MkIIs is the 1.6-litre Driver, a GTi lookalike with a sporty feel and asking prices of £2000 depending on condition. Or why not spend just £1000 on a bog standard C, CL or GL such as the one shown here?


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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