If you’re a) a human being and b) have ever spent time on the internet, you’ll know about the Toyota Supra. And you’ll also know that one particular generation of Supra has been lionised to the extent that no one even bothers talking about how it drives. The answer, in case you were curious, is quite well, in a Nineties GT kind of way. But, more than anything, the tuning potential of its engine has overshadowed everything else, to the point where finding a stock A80 Supra is now up there with holy grails, Jimmy Hoffa’s body (ding) and the city of El Dorado. Well, we have. No, not the city of gold – a stock Supra, for 30 grand. No, we won’t say where. It’s all ours. Ours!
But don’t fret – there’s still quite a list of modern-ish driver’s dreams for Golf GTI money, like the Lotus Carlton, perhaps the epitome of ‘I made my money in a less-than-legal way’, but so achingly cool along with it. And did we mention ballistically fast?
And if you are a fan of fast Vauxhalls (and that has to be the smallest niche in history), let’s take a second to remember that, before Holden went belly up downunder, they bestowed upon the world a car with a glee-per-pound ratio that’s still unrivalled: the VXR8. Also, if they went belly-up downunder, which way does that mean their belly would be pointing? Discuss.
Or, if you’re of a gentler disposition, how about a Porsche 928? Yes indeedy, Porsche’s original grand tourer, with its supremely wondrous styling and peerless propensity to absolutely lunch itself with no provocation, is on the table for the same money as the most obvious of hot hatches. Come on. Risk everything.
If you’re entirely doolally, both generations of Clio V6 are on offer for this money. If you do a couple of mental salchows, they’re still hatchbacks… just ones with an engine where the groceries and child seats are supposed to go. But who really wants groceries anyway? Or children?
Last, but definitely not least, is the original Audi Quattro. Roughly everything about this car has already been written, so let us try to hit the same points: rally bred, WRC, turbocharged in-line five-cylinder engine, quattro-all-wheel-drive, progenitor, Walter Rohrl, five valves per cylinder, fire up the Quattro. And yeah, consider buying one.
Or, in the same vein, the Delta Integrale. Oh… er, last Lancia in UK, six-time WRC winner, Martini livery, Markku Alén, Juha Kankkunen, most successful brand in WRC history…