Wow, £20,000 would be the perfect amount to spend on an affordable classic car collection. Forgetting all that rubbish about investments, I’m listing my personal choices here rather than cars I’d suggest to someone else.
I’d go for a pair or trio of cars that gave a contrasting driving experience; classics of different ages and practicality levels. I’d have enough cash for prime examples of several cars from my personal top ten. Top of the list would be the car I am unsuccessfully saving up for at present, a Wolseley 6/80. Imposing presence, unique appeal and endless charm nothing really comes close for £6-7k. Well apart from the ‘badgeengineered’ Morris Six. The alternative would be an earlier pre- or Wolseley 14/60 alongside a Rover P4. Then I’d have an immaculate Austin A60 Farina, a car I’ve always loved, with squashy red seats.
This would probably be £5000 or so. There would be enough for a Rover P6 to join the collection, either an early 2000 or introduce a third engine type with a V8 Series I 3500, maybe in Brigade Red. Let’s say £6000 for that, However if a superb Singer Vogue or Series II Morris Oxford were to come along, I’d be tempted to revise the list!
Canny buying might mean enough left over for a lovely early BL Metro or six-cylinder ‘Wedge’ Princess. Automotive heaven and a half!