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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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Saab 9-5 Aero Wagon (2000-2012)
It's the modern Saab 95

The Saab 9-5 Aero should be a lot less appealing than it is. It's a well-documented fact that the 9-5 was not as solid or reliable as its predecessor, the 9000, but in pretty much every other way, the newer car was an improvement. One good thing that was carried over from the 900 was its brilliant 2.3-litre HOT, engine, pushing out 250bhp, and oodles of mid-range torque. It's a smooth unit that is both refined and reliable, and when turbocharged, is effortless to drive, especially at motorway speeds, where its pick-up is simply staggering. The estate version looks much better than the saloon, and is also considerably more useful - and yet, is just as good value at current values. It won't remain that way for much longer...


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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