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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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Renault Vel Satis (2002-2009)
It's the modern Renault 20

...and finally, the Renault Vel Satis. So called because Renault thought it combined Velocity and Satisfaction, this large replacement for the Safrane was a brave and unusual experiment in the executive car market. The idea was simple - to build a commodious high-body hatchback, that combined MPV-style accommodation with executive trimmings. It sold alongside the equally barmy Matra-built Avantime to form a two-pronged attack on this status-conscious area of the market. Thing is, if people wanted that, they could just buy an Espace - and most did, with predictable disastrous results. A mere 62,000 were built during its seven-year life. But the rules of classic car desirability are different, and often heroic failures like this end up being sought after. If you don't believe us, just ask any NSU Ro80 or Fiat 130 owner...


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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