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Top 10: Future classic cars for less than £1000 you need to buy in 2020

Thanks to the huge numbers of car buyers who think that newer is better - and the attitude of the used car trade, which is increasingly scrapping perfectly good motors due to depressed values - we're living in a bit of a golden age for those who enjoy something interesting for very little outlay. It's perfectly possible to pick up what were once the nation's most desirable 'must have' cars from 10-15 years ago for next to nothing.

So, in the spirit of preserving the past, we've picked out 10 so-called bangers of today, named their spiritual predecessors, and tell you while they're both great to own now, and well worth preserving for the future. So, if you're in the lucky position of being able to own a second car for high days and holidays, and aren't in the position to spend a great deal of money, you could consider any of these cars now sitting at the absolute bottom of their depreciation curves - they're fun, and most importantly, if you stay on top of their maintenance, and buy one that's not at death's door, they're sure to go up in value in years to come...

We have avoided the obvious Coupes, as we've already covered them before in some detail.

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MG ZS 180 (2001-2005)
It's the modern-day Maestro Turbo

The MG ZS 180 was a bit of a backroom project for MG Rover, but one that ended up being far in excess of the sum of its parts. Forget the frumpy granny-in-tracksuit styling, because the V6-powered ZS 180 is a superb car to drive, blessed with punchy performance and excellent handling. Unlike many smaller hot hatches, with a V6 stuffed in the nose, the ZS 180's handling isn't compromised (too much), helped in no small part by the all-aluminium 177bhp KV6 engine's lightness. Image is on the floor at the moment, and there are many ropey examples out there, but seek out a cared-for one that's not due belts, and which is powered by a leak-free KV6, and you'll have plenty of fun suprising unsuspecting reps...


Shopwold    on 17 February 2016

I bought (in ignorance) the Bertone 2.0l convertible. Sheez, its great. It eats tyres (I worked in Milton Keynes...roundabouts) but goes like a rocket. It has great handling, and with an original wind baffle fitted behind the seats, it is wonderful in the Spring / Summer. We keep it as a third car, and use it for holidays (we drove it through the alps) and when the other cars are being serviced. Brilliant car.

Edited by Shopwold on 17/02/2016 at 08:00

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