Most Interesting Car For Under A Grand?

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Most Interesting Car For Under A Grand?

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This is a topic which has come up recently on another forum I'm on, and has given rise to some interesting ideas and discussion, so I'm shamelessly borrowing it and dragging it over here.

Particularly interesting is how different people define what constitutes an "interesting" car...also how shocked some folks seem to be at how far out of this budget a lot of cars that many people assumed would still be common as mud now are!

It's just for fun and isn't a "I plan to go out tomorrow and buy..." type thread.

So...You've got a grand to spend (ish...we're not picky here), what's the most *interesting* thing you reckon you can get with it? Doesn't have to be the fastest, most powerful, most reliable or anything...just something that you reckon is really interesting in some way.

I found it really hard to just pick out one...

So...my starters:

Fiat Coupe. Drop dead looks, and in the case of the 5-pot turbo version, performance to match. You'll have to shop around now to get a 20v one under a grand, but you can probably *just about* pull it off if you shop around. Has got to be a bright colour though, preferably the bright blue or yellow - not least so the body colour bit of the dashboard contrasts against the rest of the interior in a suitable manner.

Renault 25. Let's face it, because it's the most comfortable car I've ever been in...and even though they're getting rare now still don't seem to be fetching much. They were a bit of a left-field luxobarge even when new...nowadays a lot of folks don't even know what they are when they see one. Bonus points if it's a Monaco...

Ford Puma. Looks like nothing else on the road, and has to be one of the nicest handling little go-karts I've ever had the chance to drive, and not lacking in power as far as the real world is concerned. The only complaint I had at the time was that the lovely milled aluminium gear knob wasn't half cold on a December morning! They look to be right at the bottom of the depreciation curve right now, and if you're patient you can get a decent one for £500...just beware that they're as prone to rust as the Ka and Focus of the era seemed to be. I'd probably go out and get myself one right now to be honest if I had the driveway space...Pretty sure that they're going to be considered a classic in a few years.

There were quite a few I originally had on this list that I had to cut back on account of them having climbed in value in the last few years, so being well over budget now!

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I bought a very interesting Xantia for well under a grand recently Zel ;)

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I'd put an Activa on that list but the chances of getting one for under a grand now is remote... One that almost works anyway!

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Very true Jim!

You'll be glad to know that over on the original forum I found this topic on that I did put a vote in for the Xantia in general as well - as I reckon it really is an interesting car, and one that you don't really get a full measure of how capable one it really is as a all rounder until you've lived with one for a while.

Activa I did mention - because everyone should drive one on a good road at least once I think - but with the proviso that anyone considering one did some reading up beforehand and knew exactly what they were getting themselves into!

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I just picked up a Pluriel for well under a grand. Just for that reason: interesting and curious what it is like exactly. Needs some work which is also what I'm looking forward to and for the money it's worth a try ....

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WHY is the Pluriel so badly valued, soft top small cars that convert the roof like they do should be worth more ??....confused by their low value ?
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I've always had a soft spot for the Pug 205 especially an auto and good ones can still be picked up for silly money.

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In homage to the what do you know about Norfolk thread, I'll put up a couple of examples which did go for under £1,000 at the Anglia Car Auctions last sale.....


http://www.angliacarauctions.co.uk/en/c ... nvertible/

it's a Peugeot 205 convertible £300 :!: :-D ...silly money as mentioned above.

Also Volvo 760 estate,and Renault 5 automatic came under the limit.

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Mine would be a great long list...

Ford Sierra had 2 and thought they drove really well for rear wheel drive.
Old Volvo like the 240/245 and 740 especially the estates.
Renault 25 as said above, like the styling inside.
90's Toyota Celica, love the shape with the twin head lights.
Vauxhall Carlton mk2.
Pug 205.

Would love another Pug 405 Mi16 was one of the fastest cars I had in my 20's.

Love all the old big cars like the Honda Legend etc....dam it of to eBay for my monthly look and add to watch list and dream.

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If you want luxurious bang-for-your-buck, search for the mid-late 90s top end Lexus models - especially the LS400. I keep being tempted. Yes, externally they just look like a big Toyota, but the sheer quality of the engineering and level to which everything has been thought out is almost otherworldly. Don't half shift either with that V8 up front...

Know a gent who's had an early LS400 since it was a couple of years old, and in well over 150K miles of motoring the only thing he's had to do other than routine servicing and consumables has been to replace the LCD screen for the air-con controls...

Yes...Potential to bankrupt you if something does go bang...but with how cheap you can pick them up, I keep being tempted.

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Stickyfinger wrote:WHY is the Pluriel so badly valued, soft top small cars that convert the roof like they do should be worth more ??....confused by their low value ?
I like them but I'm told by those that know that they're wallet-ruiningly expensive if the roof mech goes - I was told this by a friend who's a Citroen indy who was selling one, and I was interested in it.

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Ford Cougar V6, nice motor. Lovely engine too. Bit bland.
As Zel - Ford Puma, brilliant car.
Activa or V6 Xantia
ZX TD Volcane
C5 V6 MK1
BMW 328i 1996-98 model
BMW 5-Series - 535i especially

Any amount of big engined German tin - E430 V8 for example.

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Peugeot 406 Hdi, you can get two for less than a grand, nice to drive and last forever.

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mickeymoon wrote:Ford Cougar V6, nice motor. Lovely engine too. Bit bland.
As Zel - Ford Puma, brilliant car.
Activa or V6 Xantia..NOT a chance these days if it works, maybe a wreck V6 which will not last long
ZX TD Volcane
C5 V6 MK1
BMW 328i 1996-98 model
BMW 5-Series - 535i especially

Any amount of big engined German tin - E430 V8 for example.

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Really? There's no Xantia apart from yours, Jim's and David H's that anyone in their right mind would pay over a grand for. Not one. I might stretch to a grand for DavieMck one too.

I've had 2 V6s. One was perfect. I paid £450 for it... the other was "ok" but the AC didn't work.. £400....

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