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Top 10: Future classic cars for less than £1000 you need to buy in 2019

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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Peugeot 306 Cabriolet (1994-2002)
It's the new 304 Convertible

The elegant Pininfarina-styled 306 Cabriolet was easily the best looking of all the small hatch/saloon based open-tops - but given who designed it, that's no great surprise. And while it was offered on sale in the UK, it sold very well indeed, even though it wasn't the highest quality offering in its market sector, even if it was fundamentally reliable. Many were lost through scrappage, and survivor numbers are dropping off alarmingly - but despite that, it's not unusual to find cherished examples for less than £1000. And what you get for your money is a sweet-driving four-seater convertible with a dash of that Peugeot dynamic magic that suffused the entire range back in the 1990s.

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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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