25 affordable and future classic cars

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Silverstone Classic Car Show, we've put together a rundown of our top 25 affordable and future classic cars.

Ford Cortina Mk2

Ford Cortina Mk2

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The Ford Cortina spanned five generations, making it one of the most successful and loved cars in Britain. The daddy is the Mk1 Lotus Cortina, but prices have sky rocketed and are far too high for this feature, but don't count out the Mk2 with its classic sixties lines - it's becoming a rare machine.

Price Guide £2,000 - £4,000 (Non GT/1600E/Lotus)

Mazda RX-7 Series 1

Mazda RX-7 Series 1

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With its groundbreaking rotary engine and clean, sleek lines the RX-7 was a unique alternative in the early 80s. Find a well-maintained example with lots of history and the long term returns will be good.

Price Guide £1,500 - £3,500

Mercedes Benz CE (W123)

Mercedes Benz CE (W123)

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Want a usable, bulletproof classic car? Then the W123 is the one for you, it's hard to think why people buy new when you have such rugged reliability packaged in a classy, elegant body. With the right maintenance this car will go on and on.

Price Guide £1,500 - £3,000

Ford Puma

Ford Puma

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Right now a Puma can be bought with a few hundred quid, but in years to come we think people will look back on this and lament. Rust and high mileage will kill off many of these cars that had a limited run in the first place. Opt for the 1.7 with the propeller alloy wheels and you'll be driving one of the most fun, engaging front wheel drives available in a long time

Price Guide £500 - £2,000 (not racing puma)

Jaguar XJ Series 3

Jaguar XJ Series 3

OK, this one is not for the faint-hearted! They can be picked up at bargain basement prices but be warned, restoration and maintenance costs are high. Opt for the V12 engined XJ12 for a great class to money ratio.

Price Guide £1,000 - £3,000

Ford Capri

Ford Capri

Ford's Evergreen Coupe was "the car you always promised yourself" but not long after its 18-year production run came to an end, the car gained an unfair reputation as a council house Corvette or a poor man's Aston Martin. The car has now shaken its dubious reputation and values are increasing rapidly. The Mk1 RS3100 or Mk3 280 will set you back big bucks now but opt for a 2.8i or a 4 pot and prices are still in the attainable bracket (for now, at least)

Price Guide £2,000 - £5,000

Porsche 924

Porsche 924

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The Porsche 924 is the stuff of legend. It was originally designed to be a VW and used a van engine, but numbers are decreasing and interest is rising, stock in the 924 is going up. Opt for the 2.5 engine car which is basically a 944 in a 924 body.

Price Guide £500 - £4,000

VW Corrado

VW Corrado

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The Corrado is simply one of the best cars VW ever produced and another of the greatest front wheel drive performance cars of all time. It is truly amazing that these cars struggled to sell and are now a rare sight, so prices are starting to climb. The VR6 is a quick car but don't count out the G60 or the trusty 16v.

Price Guide £1,500 - £4,000

Toyota MR2 Mk1

Toyota MR2 Mk1

The W10 MR2 is a light, nimble and engaging little sports cars, although rot and a lack of driver talent has seen many of them fall by the wayside. A future classic, if it isn't already.

Price Guide £1,500 to £3,000

Ford Granada mk2

Ford Granada mk2

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The Granada started life as top of the range above the Consul, but the Consul name was dropped in favour of Granada. The Mk1 is a firm classic, with their pure 70s' styling and Sweeney fame, but the Mk2 is starting to gain respect in the classic market with its sharp-edged styling and big bruising looks. The Ghia X is the one most want.

Price Guide £1,500 to £4,000

Audi TT Series 1

Audi TT Series 1

The original TT is a design classic but it's not quite broken through the classic barrier as yet. Prices are low for high milers but the low mileage with service history models are holding their price well. Good condition original examples are now becoming quite rare due to numerous modifications, personalisation or poor up-keep. The V6 engine is a throaty cruiser, but opt for the 225 turbo and you'll be leaving many a Boxster driver behind.

Price Guide £2,000 - £6,000

Subaru Impreza Turbo

Subaru Impreza Turbo

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The Subaru has become something of a rally legend and had a large following in its day, but these cars are now getting thin on the ground and an original example is hard to come by which means values are increasing.

Price Guide £800 - £8,000

Peugeot 205 GTI

Peugeot 205 GTI

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Good original examples are very hard to come by and prices are already on the up, making this an ideal candidate for investment. Along with a very strong case that this could arguably be the best car Peugeot ever made.

Price Guide £1,000 - £4,000

Porsche 944

Porsche 944

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The bigger brother to the 924 may not be as glamorous as the 911 but that makes it a more attainable, usable classic car. The turbo and S2 are sought after and have been for a while now so the time is right for investment.

Price Guide £1,600 - £10,000

Saab 900 Turbo

Saab 900 Turbo

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The 900 Turbo was launched when turbo charging production cars were still very rare. It was well made, stylish and a strong performer. Now it's taken on classic status expect prices to continue going up.

Price Guide £1,800 - £6,000

Triumph Spitfire

Triumph Spitfire

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The Spitfire harks back to a time when affordable British sports cars were fun to drive and good to look at.

Price Guide £2,000 - £5,000

Vauxhall Calibra

Vauxhall Calibra

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The wildcard here, the Calibra had a reputation of being something of a parts bin special, based on the Cavalier floor pan and adopting its dashboard didn't help matters. But regardless, the sleek styling has aged incredibly well and it's still one of the most aerodynamic production cars of all time. Many have succumbed to rust or owner abuse and the numbers are dwindling, but prices bottomed out a few years back and are now climbing. The 8v is the most aerodynamic with a drag co efficiency of 0.27 but it's the 4x4 turbo that offers the great pace. The V6 is a great grand tourer, if you opt for the 16v get the earlier red top engine cars - the later cars utilised the ecotec engine with less power.

Price Guide £1,000 - £4,000

Mazda MX5

Mazda MX5

Is this a classic yet? If we base the answer on the success of the car, its impact on a generation and its driver appeal then yes, very much so. Have prices shown it's actually broken through though? Not yet, owning to the sheer numbers that were produced. Many are now in a poor state so numbers will dwindle, so any doubt of its classic pedigree will soon be answered.

Price Guide £500 - £3,000

Vauxhall VX220

Vauxhall VX220

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Vauxhall has the image of a no thrills everyday brand, something it has tried numerous times to shake off. The Lotus Carlton was a true animal and a fantastic car, and the Monaro is the spiritual successor to that car, but the image persists. They tried their hand at a true two seater sports car at the turn of the century, sharing a lot in common with the Lotus Elise going as far as being produced in the same Norfolk factory. The surprise here is the VX220 is arguably the better car with more engine option and more power, but the badge isn't as appealing as Lotus' emblem. Despite this, the car does have an established following.

Price Guide £5,000 - £13,000

Rover SD1

Rover SD1

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Britain's Ferrari Daytona and European car of the year in 1977, the Rover SD1 was a very promising car that under delivered due to poor build quality and problems in British Leyland at the time. Today, the car has a faithful following and parts supply is good. An underrated classic which will only grow stronger in reputation and value.

Price Guide £1,500 - £5,000

Renault Fuego

Renault Fuego

The French answer to the Ford Capri is famed for its bubble tailgate and sleek styling, but it's not the quickest or the sharpest to drive. The turbo model was typically 80s with its large graphics, but few remain now so prices are strong.

Price Guide £1,500 - £3,000

Ford Sierra XR4x4i

Ford Sierra XR4x4i

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It wasn't that long ago that you couldn't drive a mile down the road without passing a Sierra, but things have rapidly changed and they're now a rare sight. Somewhat of a shock to the British public on its launch, due to its futuristic aerodynamic styling, it took the Sierra a bit of time to catch on, helped in no small part by the Whale Tail-clad Cosworth Turbo. But, Sierra sales increased and total domination of touring car racing helped the car become a classic in the waiting. The XR4x4i was the more attainable performance Ford for the masses. RS500 Cosworth prices are astronomical and with the sapphire models increasing heavily, the more humble family version is starting to gain attention.

Price Guide £2,000 - £6,000

MGF

MGF

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The MGF was a modern day version of the old MGB and a more successful attempt at a mainstream two seater sports car than its predecessor, the RV8. The first incarnation of the F is arguably the better car with its hydrogas suspension over the more conventional setup used in the MGTF. However, head gasket issues with the K series engine hurt the car's reputation and even though it was popular it never caught on in the way it could have.

Price Guide £500 - £2,500

Triumph Stag

Triumph Stag

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The Stag is undeniably a great looking car with V8 power and an open top roof, but it never fully caught on due to overheating problems with its Triumph-designed and built V8 engine. Many have since been converted to the Rover V8 so finding an original car with its matching engine numbers isn't easy. The car has a huge and loyal following and makes a great sound, plus the overheating problems can be avoided with regular maintenance.

Price Guide £2,000 - £8,000

Triumph TR6

Triumph TR6

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The Triumph TR6 is a bit of a misleading car; it looks like a completely new car but is actually a TR4 with reshaped front and rear ends. The British fuel-injected models boasted 150HP but the carbed American market cars had a much lower 104hp.

Price Guide £3,500 - £14,000

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