FUZZ’S TOP FIVE
MAZDA RX-8 (2003-12) £3000-£6000 Ford-era Mazdas may not have the build quality of their RX-7 forebears, but the rotary engine makes them a cast-iron conversation piece. Expect an engine rebuild at 60k-100k miles. Enjoy those revs. Don’t fear the rotor. AUSTIN 12/4 (1921-39) £8000-£35,000 Enjoy regular fettling and B-road journeys? The Austin 12/4 is your ride. A more involved drive than most modern classics, they come with a range of body types from currently cheap saloons to more expensive taxi varieties. None are quick, but who cares? BMC 1100/1300 (1962-74) £2000-£4000 Once upon a time British roads were heavily populated by creaking and groaning BMC 1100/1300s. Many of these easily maintainable ‘big Minis’ bit the dust on MoT failure at six to seven years of age. Yet they handle brilliantly and can actually fit four adults in comfort. FORD ESCORT MKIV (1986-92) £2000-£40,000 Once bread and butter, now more like caviar ( Didn’t Vauxhall make the Caviar? – Ed), Escort MkIVs are attracting buyers prepared to shell out for a decent example of the many types manufactured. But you’ll need to stock up on those hard-to-come-by plastic parts. VAUXHALL CHEVETTE (1975-84) £1750-£25,000 The Chevette is magnificently easy to maintain. Cooking varieties are affordable, but high-performance HS models add a hefty £20k to the price. They’ve all but disappeared from public consciousness, so you’ll be buying into endless car park conversations.