Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Fuzz Townshend’s Top Tips -

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.

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