Buyers Guide

Buying Guide BMW Z4 E85/E86
This bargain roadster is a great sports car and a design icon – find a sorted example and in time it may even cover its own running costs. Words Richard Dredge. Photography John Colley. Five steps to buying a BMW Z4 E85/E86 Buying Guide Get yourself a big-performance BMW Z4 for small change What to pay Scruffy running four-cylinder Z4s can be found for £1500. Decent examples come in at £3000, with £4000 buying an excellent one. £3000 is the starting point for a nice non-M six-cylinder roadster.
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Buyers Guide Porsche 911 GT3 RS 997.1
A largely undervalued modern Rennsport, the 997.1 represents a surefooted investment right now. Here’s everything you need to know about it index: 997.1 GT3 RS Written by Kieron Fennelly Porsche Index: 997.1 GT3 RS Your ultimate guide to the most underrated Rennsport of the modern era HISTORY AND TECH The 997 GT3 was launched at Geneva in March 2006 and, as with its 996 GT3 and 993/964 RS predecessors, it was designed to homologate the 997 for the Porsche Cup and from 1999, GT3 class.
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Buyers Guide Porsche 944
Soon to be celebrating its fortieth anniversary, the 944 has finally come of age. Here's what you need to be aware of before buying this modern classic... Words Dan Furr. Photography Dan Sherwood. BUYING GUIDE: 944 944 (1982-1991) What to be aware of before a test drive.
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Buyers Guide BMW 3 Series E36
One of the most sensible and satisfying purchases on the market right now, says James Walshe BMW 3 Series E36 WISE BUYER James Walshe shows you how to buy BMW’s bargain 3-Series before it’s too late. There aren’t many modern classics that combine a rewarding driving experience with such exceptional usability as successfully as an E36 BMW.
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Buyer’s Guide Morgan Plus 8 How to bag antique looks, V8 power
James Walshe examines one of the greatest British bruisers of all Why you want one While it may look like a quaint, charismatic Thirties roadster, this particular Morgan packs the most unexpected punch. For those in the know, it is a British brute and a classic legend. For others, they’d be forgiven for jumping out their skin if one of these were to start up nearby. The Morgan Plus 8 absolutely oozes drama... in the best possible way.
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Buying Guide Fiat Nuova 500 1957-1975
Buy a chic and cheeky Fiat 500 without getting a slap. ‘The 500 has long been a cult car, but since Fiat revived the brand in 2008 interest in the originals has gone stratospheric’. 7 steps to buying a Fiat Nuova 500 It’s a charming, usable classic, but there are poor examples trying to ride the wave of renewed interest. Here’s how not to get swept up and caught out. Words Richard Dredge. Photography Bauer Archive.
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Sales debate - Is there too much heat in the Porsche 911 market currently?
Pay attention to the Porsche marketplace and you’ll have noticed a general inflation of prices for used 911s across the board, from collectibles at the very top, right the way down to the everyday 996 at the bottom. Whether this consumer confidence is boosted solely by a relaxing of year-long coronavirus restrictions remains to be seen, but there’s no doubting enthusiasts are happy to spend lavishly on acquiring 911s – perhaps best exemplified by the mammoth £7.
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Mercedes-Benz SL R129
Champagne motoring — not for laying down. Ben Selby checks out the next Mercedes-Benz SL to climb the value ladder and learns how to avoid the snakes. By Ben Selby. It could be argued that the Mercedes-Benz SL has carved out its own niche in the sports car world, offering more sporting performance than most roadsters derived from saloons and certainly more refinement and luxury than most other sports cars.
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Ferrari 575M
Ferrari’s 575M accelerated the ground-breaking 550 into a more modern age with the option of F1 transmission and a more accessible nature. For some, this makes it less desirable than the 550 – but the market sees it another way.
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Porsche 911 991
A rolling showcase of fresh Porsche technology and a redevelopment of the 911 for a new generation, the 991 is available in a huge number of different engine, trim and body options... Words Dan Furr. Photography Petersen Automotive Museum. BUYING GUIDE: 991 Hints and tips for the hunt Last of the narrow bodies. Last of the naturally aspirated 911 Carreras. Return of the classic Targa hoop. These are just three of the 991's claims to fame.
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Sales debate - Should you be worried about buying a Porsche 911 GT3 991.1?
The 991.1 GT3 has certainly led an interesting life to date: unveiled to much animosity in spring 2013 due to its non-Mezger engine, electric-assisted steering and PDK-only transmission, by the autumn early cars were catching fire, which led to a worldwide recall and replacement engines. The saga rumbled on for months and proved costly for the company, yet unbelievably the 991.1 GT3’s stock remained high among enthusiasts, with used examples trading for well above list price.
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS 991.1
It’s the most populous Porsche Rennsport of all time, and for good reason. Total 911 presents the full dossier on the 991.1 GT3 RS, with technical and market insights from specialists Written by Kieron Fennelly. Photography by Damian Blades. Porsche Index: 991.1 GT3 RS Your comprehensive guide to the most populous Porsche Rennsport of all time The Rennsport moniker was first applied to the 1973 Carrera 2.
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Ford Cortina MkII
This stylish compact Ford is still a bargain, but top models are appreciating fast. Now's the time to buy - although some costly pitfalls await the uninformed. Words Richard Dredge. Photography John Colley. What to pay Ford Cortina MkII Basic roadworthy 1300s and 1500s cost £2500-£6250 Two-door shells are prized by those building Lotus replicas.1500GTs and 1600Es command £4500 in driver condition; mint cars will cost £8.5k-£11.
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2015-2018 Mercedes-AMG A45 S W176
AMG’s superhatch is even more appealing with the savings available from BuyaCar BuyaCar Buying Guide: Mercedes-AMG A45 S Mercedes-AMG is better known for its V8-powered super saloons than its hot hatchbacks, but after a shaky start with the original AMG A45 of 2015-2018, the latest version is something really quite special – so much so in fact that it secured a third-place finish in 2019’s evo Car of the Year.
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Lotus Elite Type 75
The Luxury Lotuses. Once two of the most expensive four-cylinder cars in the world, the Type 75 and 76 were huge departures for Lotus in the 1970s. Today, however, both can be had for relatively little money, if you’re careful. Words: Jack Wood. Pictures: Adam Wilkins. Buyers’ Guide Lotus ELITE AND ECLAT The inside line on buying a great 1970s wedge without succumbing to any of the pitfalls. The shooting brake profile of the Lotus Elite Type 75 was new for Lotus.
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