WE ARE THE MODS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING - RICHARD BAR­NETT, MAR­KETS EDITOR

Is the rise of the mod­ern clas­sic such a bad thing? Look­ing down the list of Brightwells’ suit­ably­monikered forth­com­ing sale, I’d say not. By al­low­ing in cars from the 1980s and 1990s, there’s the op­por­tu­nity to bag some truly great driv­ing ma­chines – not nec­es­sar­ily the fastest, but for those who like their driv­ing, of­ten the most in­volv­ing.

Let’s not for­get the 1980s was the best pe­riod for hot hatch­backs, where road­hold­ing and grip, as well as sorted steer­ing and gear­boxes cre­ated a whole new seg­ment of cars, and which sadly soft­ened in the 1990s in the name of re­fine­ment. That driver in­volve­ment fil­tered down to the lesser mod­els too, so you don’t need a GTI badge to have fun.

‘They’re value par ex­cel­lence’

These 1980s/early 1990s hatch­backs can still be value par ex­cel­lence. For­get the hype sur­round­ing cer­tain Ford mod­els be­cause there’s a lot of choice – Anglia Car Auc­tions’ Peu­geot 306 Ral­lye made £3800 back in April and H&H’s fine 309 GTI, £4500.

I know that some purists re­main some­what un­wel­com­ing of these later cars, but they do of­fer great value for money, com­bin­ing us­abil­ity and reli­a­bil­ity with great driv­ing fun. And for those rea­sons alone, I’d def­i­nitely be in.

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