The Nineties was a golden era for classic machinery. Sam Dawson advises you to grab a slice of it before the market catches up
The great books on classic cars and car culture in the 1990s have yet to be written. Although a generation now looks back fondly on the era of Japanese grey imports, Super Touring and queues for the Sega Rally machine in every amusement arcade, the classic world of auction houses and events organisers haven’t yet completely woken up to it. Although some of the more obvious cars of the era have fanatical followings – and thus strong prices – there are still legions of G-to-Y-plate cars out there at bargain prices.
Here are seven that we feel have something more to offer than merely being nice secondhand cars. Some were roadgoing versions of racers that left contemporary journalists agog with admiration. Others were at the core of design genres that have since passed into history and will be remembered fondly once enough time has passed for us to feel their loss.
Crucially though, none of these cars will set you back more than £10,000 if you shop around. Most are available for less – but only for the time being. Keep your wits about you, arm yourself with expert buying advice, and be prepared to pounce on a bargain when you see it – because it won’t be cheap forever.