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Top 10: £1000 coupes to buy in 2021

Fancy a classic that’s sleek, stylish, turns heads and is available for £1000 or less? Of course you do! Despite such a tight budget, it’s perfectly possible to find yourself a classic coupe that looks a million dollars (well, almost) and has plenty of life still left in it.

Not all of the cars featured here are phenomenally quick, but that’s not the point. This is all about the most affordable coupes on today’s modern-classic scene, most of which haven’t yet seen any upturn in values. Now’s the time to buy – but which one will you choose?

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Ford Puma

One of the more recent cars featured here is Ford’s Puma, based around the MkIV Fiesta and available with a choice of 1.4- to 1.7-litre powerplants developing 90 to 123bhp. Those might not sound like exciting outputs, but in a car that’s relatively lightweight and which boasts tenacious grip, it’s easy to have fun.

Get a well-tuned Puma on a twisting A-road and you’ll realise its appeal, so sharp is its handling and steering. Best news though, is its value – with the last cars topping out at £2000 and MoT’d runners from £500. Just watch the rust.

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