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Top 10: Commuter classics

Many of today’s classic car owners keep a ‘modern’ for everyday use, enduring all that this entails in terms of depreciation. Others though, see the logic of running older cars on a daily basis, enjoying the benefits of affordability and the fun of driving something genuinely different from the norm.

Obviously you wouldn’t choose to buy an Austin A30 for your forty-mile round trip to work, but there’s no shortage of more modern classics capable of performing such a task with ease. We’re talking about cars that are reliable, comfortable and affordable in terms of both buying and running costs. So let’s celebrate these unsung commuter heroes of today’s classic scene.

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Peugeot 405

Saloon or estate, petrol or diesel, the 1987-96 Peugeot 405 offered an impressive array of different variations on the same theme. The French may not have previously had much success in Britain’s company car market but the arrival of the new 405 was about to change all that, aided by eventual UK production at Ryton.

The 405 impressed fleet managers and private buyers alike with its low running costs, while keen drivers appreciated its class-leading front-drive handling. Buy one now from less than £1000 and enjoy a Cavalier and Sierra rival with real driver appeal.


paul jenkins    on 16 January 2017

we had this model for a lot of years it never let us down once its been the best 5 series ever we got its replacement which was ok and then the replacement to that the one some people call the ugly one(to which i disagree i think it looks great but i will never forget the E34

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