Audi TT 225
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