Buyers Guide

Buying Guide Honda S2000
With numbers thinning and prices rising, now’s the time to move Words RICHARD DREDGE, JAMES WALSHE AND SAM DAWSON Photography MAGIC CAR PICS Buying Guide It’s time to buy the Nineties’ most sought-after roadster – Honda’s S2000 Honda took nearly a decade to respond to arch-rival Mazda’s MX-5, but with the S2000 it established a new performance benchmark for small sports cars.
Buying Guide Fiat/Bertone X1/9
This lithe and nimble mid-engined sports car from the 1970s/1980s is now a credible and collectable classic. Discover the potential pitfalls, costs and problems when buying what was known as a baby Ferrari. Report by ROB HAWKINS Buying Guide The lithe and nimble Fiat/Bertone X1/9 If you are looking for a classic and practical mid-engined two-seater open-top sports car, then the Fiat X1/9 is worth considering alongside later alternatives such as the Toyota MR2, MGF/TF and Lotus Elise.
Buying Guide 1962-1969 Daimler V8
What you need to know to buy the Mk2’s less popular sibling. WORDS: SAM SKELTON PHOTOGRAPHY: PAUL WALTON BUYING A DAIMLER V8Tempted by a 2.5 V8 or V8-250? We show you what to look for. When Jaguar bought Daimler in 1960, plans to launch a smaller saloon based on the Vauxhall Cresta were abandoned.
Buying Guide BMW E21 3 Series
It’s now 48 years since the original E21 replaced the much-loved ’02, itself one of the two ranges that saved BMW, and the first-gen 3 Series makes for an alluring used buy that won’t break the bank. Words: Andrew Everett Photos: Felix Bluethner Iconized Ltd, Aaron Lam Buying Guide: BMW E21 3 Series The first-generation 3 Series is a classic icon and it makes for an excellent retro purchase, with prices still relatively reasonable. Our in-depth guide will help you find the perfect example.
Buying Guide Ferrari 550 Maranello
Ferrari’s front-engined V12 supercar is now an appreciating asset, so here’s how to buy one and ensure it stays that way. Words NIGEL BOOTHMAN Photography TOM WOOD Eight steps to buying a Ferrari 550 MaranelloBuying Guide How to buy the surprisingly easy-living Ferrari 550 Maranello Once it got depreciation out of the way from its £143k launch price, the Ferrari 550 Maranello has increased in value since it was discontinued, with the best now nudging £100k.
Buying Guide Peugeot 505 1979-1986
As happened with several Peugeots, the style house of Pininfarina designed the 505. First came the SR and the STI. In 1983, the STI was upgraded to include central locking, electric windows all round, and a new console. As is so often the case, the twodoor coup. was by far the most attractive version, but this one was not officially imported to South Africa. Gallic comfort PACKAGING Deep-pile cloth seat upholstery and well-padded cushions just added to the 505’s luxury feel.
Buying guide Ford Capri 280 Mk3
Ford’s final, limited-edition 280 became a collectible classic as soon as it was announced. 37 years on, here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of buying one. Words Christian Tilbury Photos Magic Car Pics BUYERS GUIDE: Ford Capri 280 What you need to know when buying the final Mk3 Capri.
Buying Guide Bentley Continental R
It bore a great weight of history on its broad shoulders – the Continental name and a decent shout to be the Blower Bentley for the 1990s. With prices spread across such a vast range, what should we look for?
Buying Guide Citroen BX 16 Valve
Characterful yet cool, quick yet suave - and as French as they come THE MARKET / Buying GuideHow does the Lamborghini designer get to Lamborghini? It was a question asked and answered by Citroens clever ad department in the late 1980s, making a feature of the fact that the man responsible for styling the Countach, Marcello Gandini, chose a BX 16 Valve as his daily driver. In a class filled with conservative family cars, the BX was a real breath of fresh air.
Buying Guide Volvo 164 - 1969-1976
Taking on the Germans and British with a straight-six and a stately grille After the Second World War, most survivors had to pick up the pieces, rebuild and slowly pull themselves out of poverty. This meant transport had to be highly affordable, leading to smaller cars with smaller, four-cylinder engines. After some years, the straight-sixes began to reappear as luxurious alternatives to small inline-fours.
Buying Guide Jaguar XE X760
The first of the petrol-engined XE models from 2015 to 2017 can now be found for sale from around £10,000, so is now the right time to buy one? Follow our guide to discover what to look for. WORDS ROB HAWKINS BUYING THE XE We bring you the essential info on the early petrol-powered models.
Buying Guide Daimler SP250
Overlooked for decades, this charming Daimler roadster makes a cost-effective alternative to an early Jaguar E-type – for now Words JAMES WALSHE Photography JOHN COLLEY Buying Guide Take a look at the innovative Daimler SP250 while it’s still a great value buy What to pay There is no real difference between A-, B- and C-spec cars in terms of value.
Buying Guide 1967-1972 Aston Martin DBS
Discover what to look for and the costs involved in buying, owning and running a six-cylinder or V8-powered DBS. WORDS ROB HAWKINS IMAGES AMD ARCHIVE What to look for when buying one of the great-value classic Aston Martins, the DBS from 1967 to 1972 1967-1972 Aston Martin DBS BUYING GUIDE Manufactured between 1967 and 1972, the first generation of the DBS paved the way for a new style of Aston Martin that became a success well into the Eighties.
Early 2.0-, 2.2- and 2.4-litre Porsche 911S index
The S stood for ‘Sport’ and the faster, more powerful and sharperhandling 911S duly delivered. We explore the history, tech, values and investment potential of the 2.0-, 2.2- and 2.4-litre cars. Written by Tim Pitt EARLY 911S INDEXPorsche Index: 911S Everything you need to know about the early 2.0-, 2.2- and 2.4-litre Porsche 911S, with key advice from experts HISTORY AND TECHUntil the Carrera 2.7 RS debuted in 1973, the S was the flagship of the 911 range.
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