Our guide to some unexpected classic cars under £10,000

Over the last 4 years the price of classic cars has risen steadily. Many of what were considered ‘ordinary’ classic cars are now out of reach of the average buyer. But if you are looking for an interesting classic car to buy and invest in, you’ll be glad to know that there are still some nice vehicles to be found for under £10,000. Here are our thoughts on five of the more unusual classics available for that budget.

Volvo Amazon


Built from 1956 to 1959 in a wide array of body styles and engine sizes, and was the 1960s rally drivers favourite. These cars were built to last and have surprisingly sporty handing. The 1.8 Lt and 2.0 Lt Coupe examples are the most fun and have a Jaguar Sedan look to them.

WHAT TO PAY
Good condition: £5,000 – £8,000
Excellent condition: £10,000 +

Jaguar XJ6


Any top 5 classic car list needs a Jaguar on it and this great looking car was a huge hit when it was introduced in 1968. It looks, smells and sounds like a Jaguar and has a rather superior and sporty feel about it. The series 1 with its 2.8 Lt engine is the cheapest model to buy but you can find a 1980s example with a 4.2 Lt engine for well within the £10,000 budget.

WHAT TO PAY
Good condition: £5,000 – £7,000
Excellent condition: £10,000 +

Porsche 924S


No longer a poor relation to the 911 these first 1970s transaxle water cooled Porsches are now becoming collectible. The rear wheel drive gives you a Porsche handling feel but are far a less tail happy than the 911 of that period. With adequate boot space, they are capable of being a daily driver. Unlike the standard 924, this car benefits from proper Porsche made engine that delivered 150bhp and in later models 160bhp.

The boxy 1980s design is not to everyone’s taste but for cheap driving thrills we don’t think you can do better.

WHAT TO PAY
Good condition: £4,000 – £5,000
Excellent condition: £7,000 +

Ford Cortina Mk3


With prices for the Mk1 Ford Cortina sliding ever further out of reach, the Mk3 model is worth a look. Early 1970s models have some period brown metallic colours which have a such a 1970s vibe that we think they can now be considered cool.

WHAT TO PAY
Good condition: £5,000 – £7,000
Excellent condition: £9,000 +

Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9Lt


This was the hot-hatch to have in the 1980s and 1990s. These boxy cars offer enormous pleasure to drive. If you don’t mind being called a boy racer, then one of these late 1980s 1.9Lt models can be had for less than £5,000. Within a few more years, these will be firmly considered classics and now is the time to buy.

WHAT TO PAY
Good condition: £5,000 – £6,000
Excellent condition: £7,000 +

We will be publishing our guide to unusual classic cars that can be bought for under £20,000 soon, so keeping checking the website for updates.

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