Audi TT 225

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Price then: £30,450 Price now: £3,000

The Mk1 Audi TT had proper con­cept-car looks which have aged bril­liantly – and with the TT 225, buy­ers got an in­cred­i­ble spec. As well as the quat­tro AWD sys­tem, you also got the BAM en­gine, which is ba­si­cally the 1.8T on steroids: it had up­rated pis­tons and rods, juicier fu­elling and big­ger in­ter­cool­ers, and was per­fectly matched to that sweet lit­tle chas­sis. An ur­gent lit­tle mo­tor, and these things stick to the road like Vel­cro, you can es­sen­tially take any cor­ner at any speed and never run out of grip. (Er, within rea­son…!) There’s all kinds of toys too – the Bose au­dio was a great op­tion, and the heated leather seats are su­perb. You can pick up a de­cent 225 for around £3,000 these days; the only thing to bear in mind is that, as these cars are slightly aged now, they might be a bit baggy in terms of bushes, hoses, brakes, sus­pen­sion – bud­get a bit ex­tra to get it tip-top and you’ll have one of the most en­ter­tain­ing cars you’ll ever own.

Top 5 mods: Mill­tek ex­haust, Forge in­ter­cooler, Revo remap, BBS LM wheels, Bil­stein B14 coilovers

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