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league, style is king. Prices range from about R40,000 for one that needs work to well over R100,000 for a pris­tine re­stored ex­am­ple.

The Cortina mod­els from the 1970s and early 1980s have come into their own as col­lectable clas­sics. The Mk III was the so-called “coke-bot­tle” shape with curvy flanks, while the late Mk IV and Vs had a more squared-off ap­pear­ance. The last-gen­er­a­tion 3.0 S mod­els ap­peal to per­for­mance freaks, but any one of these in prime con­di­tion to­day is go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate in value. Prices for a good mod­est 1.6l model start at about R40,000. Ford Capri Per­anas are world-wide hits in the clas­sic car move­ment, as SA was the only coun­try to pro­duce a V8 ver­sion of the fa­mous Mk I Capri sold in deal­er­ships and ap­proved by the fac­tory. These cars have long been fetch­ing silly money be­cause of their ap­peal in the UK. Prices start at about R500,000 for a pris­tine ex­am­ple, but be­cause there were less than 500 built, their value can only in­crease in the long term. Do your research be­fore be­ing duped, as there are many fake Per­anas around!

The VW Golf GTi made its name here with the early Mk I ver­sion, which was only sold here for two years. The car that put the GTi brand-name se­ri­ously on the map here was the GTi Mk II, known as the Jumbo Golf, as they sold in huge num­bers. These cars are still to be found in the clas­si­fied ads, but the trick is to get an un­mo­lested ver­sion. Prices of pris­tine Mk I and Mk II Golf GTis are now in the R120,000 to R180,000 re­gion. The rea­son for these high prices is that the vast ma­jor­ity of these hot per­form­ers fell into the wrong hands, young cow­boys who wore their caps back­wards on their heads even then!

So they were hacked and low­ered and gen­er­ally abused on a bud­get that prized beer more highly than reg­u­lar oil changes. Only go for a topqual­ity un­mo­lested car.

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