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Here are 10 British sports cars for under £10k we found this week

Some of the best options out there for those who want to take the plunge. Deep breath, and in we go...

Vauxhall VX220
  • Jaguar XKR

    Jaguar XKR

    Let’s get this one out of the way immediately, since this generation of the Jaguar XKR is the most logical purchase for the price and category. The one we found has the 4.2-litre non-supercharged V8 with a huge 414bhp to play with and even comes in ‘Portfolio’ trim for that, ‘ooh, this is nice’ comment from passengers.

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  • TVR S3

     TVR S3

    When shopping for a classic British sports car, you’ve got to accept that sketchy reliability is built in to almost every product released during the 20th century. So if you’re going to take a punt, do it in a glorious, open-top, gloss red, six-cylinder-powered TVR S3 from 1991.

  • Triumph Spitfire

    Triumph Spitfire

    What a gorgeous car, even more so in Inca Yellow like this one. It’s been listed for just over half of this week’s budget, likely because work is needed on sections of the body. Get these niggles patched and you’ve got a quite brilliant car to enjoy during those mediumly-warm British summer evenings.

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  • Jaguar XK8

    Jaguar XK8

    If the Spitfire feels a bit 'tweed', perhaps this Jaguar XK8 can offer a more roguish (and spacious) solution. It even has the same V8 as the aforementioned XKR, albeit repurposed. That means 400bhp and 408lb ft of torque are still sent to the rear wheels.

  • Lotus Elan S2

    Lotus Elan S2

    Very rarely do yellow calipers work with a blue-bodied convertible, but this Lotus Elan S2 completely voids that statement. Despite being the same age as the writer of this story, it has aged considerably better, what with its five-spoke alloys and pop-up headlamps.

  • Triumph TR6

    Triumph TR6

    Currently listed for the exact budget amount, this Triumph TR6 convertible merges a four-speed manual box with a 2.5-litre straight-six. The result? Lightweight goodness and playful agility tucked beneath a gorgeous British Racing Green body. It’s OK, we’re tempted too.



    If the Spitfire wasn’t yellow enough for you, how about an even-yellower yellow MG MGB GT with a tiny 97bhp four-pot? They’re pretty common entry points for those looking to get into the classic British sports car market, and at just under five grand, it could be considered a sensible choice. Look, we said could.

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  • Vauxhall VX220

    Vauxhall VX220

    Yes, we’re shocked too. Someone has listed a Vauxhall VX200 - perhaps the marque’s most interesting car ever - for well under budget. It’s not the Turbo, unfortunately, but even this 2.2-litre 16-valve version should be jolly good fun along a coastal road. The seller has even gone through the trouble of removing the Vauxhall badges for you, which is the standard procedure for an estimated 109 per cent of VX220 owners.

  • Sunbeam Alpine

    Sunbeam Alpine

    Now we’re getting deep into the retro side of things with a 1966 Sunbeam Alpine MKV. Interestingly, the owner has given even it a rally-themed makeover, with new spotlights complementing the list of mechanical upgrades, including new callipers, master cylinders and clutch lines. The ad even states just over 9,000 miles on the clock.

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  • Lotus Elise 'project'

    Lotus Elise

    This was going to be the wildcard option since it’s both over budget and (presently) unroadworthy, but you’ll see why it isn’t in a moment. The days of finding a Lotus Elise for peanuts are gone, which tells you everything you need to know about how valued they are. Save up a few extra coppers, and you could land yourself this project example to toil away on ahead of the summer.

  • Wildcard: Bentley Continental GT

    Bentley Continental GT

    No, it’s not a sports car, and nor does it make any sense to get a big Conti GT for £10,000. But that’s why it’s the ideal wildcard. Even if it’ll cost you your initial outlay’s worth in service bills within the first three months, you get to enjoy that glorious 6.0-litre W12 once in a while to find peace with the financial turmoil you've found yourself in.

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