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Low build numbers mean there’s gen­er­ally no more than a dozen Lupo GTIS for sale at any given time, so you might have to be pa­tient to find the right car at the right price. At the lower end, high- mileage but pre­sentable cars start at around £ 2500. Bet­ter ex­am­ples tend to sit in the £ 3500- 5000 bracket, though some deal­ers are ask­ing big­ger money – £ 7500 or even more for im­mac­u­late, low- mil­ers. Six- speeds are more sought- af­ter, while de­sir­able op­tions in­clude leather, air con and the up­graded hi- fi. There are lots of mod­i­fied cars and high- mil­ers out there, but it’s the low- mileage, un­mo­lested ones that will pile on pounds in years to come.

Above left: bon­net, front wings and doors were alu­minium – en­sure that they still are. Above: engine is pretty tough, but check it doesn’t smoke. Right: ex­am­ine the ex­haust – a new VW back­box is al­most £600

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