Buyers Guide

Buying Guide Ford Granada MkIII/Scorpio Mk1
It can be a cheap way into a Cosworth. But tread carefully – parts can be scarce. Words RICHARD DREDGE Photography JOHN COLLEY Buying Guide Snap up the last unhyped Eighties Ford – the Granada MkIII Seven steps to buying Ford Granada MkIII / Scorpio Mk1Eighties Fords have never seemed more expensive. Not an auction seems to go by without another record being broken by the likes of the Capri 2.8i and Sierra Cosworth. Once-commonplace and cheap cars now seem out of the grasp of many.
Buy starter classic Audi 500 1983–1994
Building on the reputation of the Audi 100 in the 1970s and the 200 the decade thereafter, the brand’s 500-badged models were introduced into SA throughout the 1990s. This Ingolstadt-based brand stubbornly avoided the temptation to follow its compatriot brands, BMW and Mercedes-Benz down the route of six-cylinder engines powering the rear wheels.
Buying guide Aston Martin DB2 and DB2/4
Find out what to look for when buying a DB2 or the later DB2/4 and how much repairs and maintenance should cost. BUYING GUIDE DB2 & DB2/4 WORDS ROB HAWKINS Everything you need to know to buy one of these classic Aston Martins When the dated 2.0-Litre Sports was due for replacement towards the end of the Forties, the DB2 was the ideal candidate and arguably kept Aston Martin in the limelight during the Fifties, paving the way for a new design of sports car.
Buying guide Porsche 911 Cabriolet 964
The 964 has seen huge growth in popularity in recent years, and yet the 964 Cabriolet remains one of the most affordable entry points to ownership of an air-cooled Porsche... Words Dan Furr Photography Dan Sherwood BUYING GUIDEBag yourself a tidy Porsche 911 Cabriolet 964. Launched in November 1988, the 964 marked a sea-change in the 911’s development.
Buying Guide - Get yourself a hot-hatch bargain with Peugeot’s 106 XSi, GTi and Rallye
Peugeot 106 - Missed out on a 205GTi? This is just as good, so buy now before the market wakes up. Words JAMES WALSHE Photography MATT HOWELL Six steps to buying a Peugeot’s 106 No car’s passing has been quite so lamented as that of the Peugeot 205GTi. Its supposedly unrepeatable combination of sharp handling, and light weight with such a feisty engine has yet to be repeated in its 206/7/8 predecessors. But perhaps this misses the point?
Buying Guide Triumph Spitfire
This perfect introduction to classic car ownership is still affordable – just – so act fast Words RICHARD DREDGE Photography JON COLLEY Seven steps to buying a Triumph SpitfireBargains at one end, investments at the other – so buy a Spitfire now! Buying Guide With early Triumph Spitfires making big money, now’s the time to buy What to pay You can still find a scruffy 1500 for as little as £3400, but it’ll probably need bodywork attention.
Buyer’s guide Ford Escort RS Cosworth Mk5
The road and rally legend created a storm when it was launched in 1992 and 31 years on, its status has only grown — as have the values. Here’s what you need to know if you’re in the market for one. Words Christian Tilbury Photos Magic Car Pics BUYING GUIDE: Escort Cosworth - What to check when buying Ford’s performance icon.
Buying Guide Aston Martin V8 Vantage - 2005-2017
Can you afford to buy, run and repair a 4.3- or 4.7-litre V8-powered Vantage that was manufactured between 2005 and 2017? Find out the answers with our comprehensive buying guide.
Buyers’ Guide Porsche 911 Turbo 964
The 964 was the last old-school Turbo, but today it’s much-prized by collectors. Here’s your in-depth look at both the 3.3- and 3.6-litre models. Written by Kieron Fennelly 3.3 VS 3.6: HOW TO BUY A PORSCHE 964 TURBOPorsche Index: 964 Turbo - Kieron Fennelly unearths all the facts you need on both the 3.3- and 3.6-litre 964 Turbo HISTORY & TECH The 964 Turbo is famously almost the 911 Turbo that never was.
Buying Guide Ford Capri MkI
Cooler than ever and with values rising, it’s time to buy a Euro-Mustang Words JAMES WALSHE Photography MAGIC CAR PICS Buying Guide With prices hiked but unhyped – it’s the ideal time to buy a MkI Ford CapriThe height of suburban cool when new and with race track cred to boot, the first Ford Capri spent decades out of fashion before emerging as a classic. These early cars have curves-and-chrome appeal, are more practical than an MG BGT, and prices are on a gradual journey upwards.
Buyer’s guide Ford Fiesta Mk1
A bold step forward for Ford, the original Fiesta quickly established itself as a major success. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of buying the 1970s supermini. Words Christian Tilbury Photos Adrian Brannan BUYING GUIDE: Mk1 FiestaWhat to check when buying Ford’s original supermini. Ford might have been distinctly late to the supermini party, but it certainly made an entrance with the Fiesta.
Buying Guide Porsche 924 Turbo
A sharp rise in the value of turbocharged retro Porsches has seen the 924 Turbo evolve from one of the marque's most overlooked sports cars to a much appreciated modern classic...
Buying Guide Honda S2000
With numbers thinning and prices rising, now’s the time to move Words RICHARD DREDGE, JAMES WALSHE AND SAM DAWSON Photography MAGIC CAR PICS Buying Guide It’s time to buy the Nineties’ most sought-after roadster – Honda’s S2000 Honda took nearly a decade to respond to arch-rival Mazda’s MX-5, but with the S2000 it established a new performance benchmark for small sports cars.
Buying Guide Fiat/Bertone X1/9
This lithe and nimble mid-engined sports car from the 1970s/1980s is now a credible and collectable classic. Discover the potential pitfalls, costs and problems when buying what was known as a baby Ferrari. Report by ROB HAWKINS Buying Guide The lithe and nimble Fiat/Bertone X1/9 If you are looking for a classic and practical mid-engined two-seater open-top sports car, then the Fiat X1/9 is worth considering alongside later alternatives such as the Toyota MR2, MGF/TF and Lotus Elise.
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