Morley's Top Five Buys for Fun and Affordable Cars

By: Unique Cars magazine staff

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We asked our resident car nuts to nominate five fun but affordable cars that you'd never lose your shirt on. Here are Morley's picks that'll beat the base rates

 

DAVID MORLEY'S TOP FIVE BUYS:

1. HOLDEN COMMODORE VN SS - 1989-90
Price range $6000 - $15,000

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Okay, these have jumped up in value recently, but if you look at what’s being asked for HJ GTSs, HQ SSs and any chrome-bumper Commodore V8, then there’s more to come. And the old VN mightn’t be a world-beater dynamically, but they have what I’ve previously referred to as `righteous simplicity’. Get a manual and one without the power windows, ‘cos they’ll cheese out on you. And store the factory alloys: They’re ugly, but you’ll need them in a few years when the collectors come a-knockin’.

- Future classic: Commodore VN SS

 

2. TOYOTA COROLLA TWIN CAM AE82
Price range - $2000 - $8000

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These Aussie-made Corolla Twin Cams used the 4A-GE 1600cc gem of a thing and were just gorgeous to drive. Get the hatch rather than the Seca liftback.

- Buyer's guide: Toyota Corolla Seca SX

 

3. MAZDA RX-7 SERIES 1
Price range $10,000 - $20,000

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Check out the price of any other elderly Mazda rotaries and tell me I’m wrong on this. Gotta happen.

- Record prices for Mazda RX-7s at Shannons

 

4. FORD FALCON EL XR6
Price range - $3000 - $7000

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The last of the Falcons before the unloved AU. The EL XR6 was resolved, well rounded and a dead-set hoot.

- Buyer's guide: Falcon EF-EL XR6

 

5. MAZDA MX-5 NA
Price range $4500 - $8000

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I still can’t believe these are so cheap. But it won’t last, not when you consider a good one is still the best thing. Ever.

- Video: Old vs new - Mazda MX-5 NA & ND

 

More top five picks from our team:

- Andy Enright
- John Wright
- Angelo Loupetis
- Uncle Phil
- Guy Allen
- Cliff Chambers

 

Tell us what your top five choices would be: uniquecars@bauertrader.com.au

 

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