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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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Citroen XM (1989-2000)
It's the modern day DS

Of course, fans of Citroen may baulk at the glassy wedge being compared with their beloved goddess, but the XM occupied the same market sector, was similarly suspended by Hydropneumatics - and therefore hugely comfortable and relaxing. The XM suffered a bad rap for unreliability and general flakiness over the years, and some of this was well-deserved, but there's a good specialist network, and fundamentally it's a much stronger, more dependable car than Citroens of old. There's a good choice of engines, from the underpowered normally-aspirated 2.0-litre, to the wonderful 24-valve V6s. For your £1000, you'll get a great petrol model, but due to the demand for diesels, DERV powered bargain XMs are much harder to find.


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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