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10 once-in-a-lifetime classic used cars for under £50k we found this week

If you’re waiting for a sign to finally put those leftover savings into something just for yourself, this is it. Maybe

Lotus Esprit
  • Alfa Romeo SZ

    Alfa Romeo SZ

    That its 33-year-old design still looks... let's say 'unique', is a big reason for its appeal. The Alfa Romeo SZ also shares genes with the company's touring car program, so there's a 3.0-litre ‘Busso’ V6 on board with around 207bhp. Good engine, that.

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  • Lancia Delta HF Integrale

    Lancia Delta HF Integrale

    If you're lucky, you may be able to squeeze in a sought-after ‘Evolution’ for under £50k, but chances are you’ll be settling for the legendary rally car’s penultimate form in the HF Integrale 16V. But worry not, because this is arguably the most successful of the Integrale range in motorsport, having made a winning debut at the San Remo rally in 1989.

  • Porsche 911

    Porsche 911

    Obviously a 911 needs to be in here, but which of the gazillion 911s that exist should make the cut is of course, wildly subjective. We found this gorgeous 1981 Targa in green for well under budget. Because Targas are cool.

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  • Lotus Esprit V8

    Lotus Esprit V8

    Easily one of Britain's greatest hits, the Esprit mashed pre-Noughties design with a turbocharged V8. Lovely. We reckon this 33,000-mile example in black is close to perfection, though if for some reason you want more perfection, we found a rare one-of-196 Esprit GT3 for sale.

  • Ferrari 360

    Ferrari 360

    You can now very much get a Ferrari for under fifty grand, with Californias, F430s and 612 Scaligettis among our finds. But we’d rather put our money on a low-mileage 360, such as this one. Whatever you go for, just don’t end up with an MR-2, okay?

  • TVR Tuscan

    TVR Tuscan

    To hell with common sense! Begone, rational brain! Yes, you could very easily and very sensibly spend a fraction of this week's budget on a well maintained, used Nissan Qashqai. Or you could just buy this showroom-fresh first-generation Tuscan and revel in the roulette that comes with owning a 360bhp six-cylinder TVR.

  • Jaguar E-Type

    Jaguar E-Type

    You don't need an explanation. Just get this V12 E-Type.

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  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen

    Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen

    People outside the world of bobble hats and motorsport-inspired four-wheel-drive loons will likely be unaware of Tommi Makinen, which means that should you buy this rather excellent Evo, you can pretend to this audience that you are Tommi Makinen, and this car was built especially for you! This one's even available for a pound under budget. If only our wallet was as thick as the temptation *sobs*.

  • Ford Mustang Mk1

    Ford Mustang Mk1

    Yes, it's a cool car. No, you won't look as cool as you think you do driving it in a perpetually grey, rain-soaked Britain. Yes, you still very much should.

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  • Nissan Skyline GT-R R32

    Nissan Skyline GT-R R32

    You're already remembering The Chemical Brothers' Everything Must Go from the intro to Gran Turismo 1, aren't you? Fittingly, this Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R we found for £47,000 means everything (from your wallet) must also go. But then, R32 GT-R, right?

  • Wildcard: Chesil Speedster

    Chesil Speedster

    Who cares about imposter syndrome when the imposter looks this real? The Chesil Speedster is a well-known replica of the now massively inflated Porsche 356 from the Sixties, and this one is now listed for a Tesco meal deal below forty grand. Given that’s what a semi-loaded modern SUV costs, you know what to do.

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