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Top 10: Nineties hatchbacks for less than a grand

Classic cars from the Nineties have been on the up for a while, but there are still some accessible bargains around, especially if you go for run-of-the mill family hatch, which, let’s face it, is where the nostalgia lies...  We pick out our top 10 on-the-cusp classics – buy them now, while they’re still available for beer money.

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Mazda 323F

It was unremarkable to drive, admittedly, but the Mazda 323F was an interesting curio within its sector. Indeed, it was interesting enough for Mazda to not bother importing the less interesting 323 5-dr to the UK and focus instead on the model known as the Astina in its home market.

The 323F (for Fastback) had a sport-car inspired cabin, with bucket seats and a three-spoke steering wheel, along with something truly unique in its sector – pop-up headlights. The 1.8 16v GT, if you can find one, is a bit of a Q-car.

Read our Mazda 323 review


darthmaud    on 28 November 2016

There's some truly shocking examples of automotive engineering in this list.

cfc2000    on 29 November 2016

The ZX was decent to drive, but front shafts were fragile and the fuel lift pumps only lasted about 50,000 miles. Better than that Golf though, which then as now was hugely over-rated and over-priced. None of those cars is dstinctive enough to make it collectible. Soemthing like a Saab would make much more sense, cost less than £500, and be a bit different (even if it is a Vauxhall in disguise).

Chris C    on 9 February 2017

Agree with the R8's but it's a shame that early ones often have badly faded grey bumper plastics. Don't forget the Honda equivalents which are often in excellent carefully kept condition, no K series engine problems and relatively much rarer.

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