Guy Allen's Top 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's Guido's top picks...

 

GUY ALLEN'S TOP FIVE BUYS:

1. HOLDEN MONARO CV8
Price range $25,000 - $35,000

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I’d be looking for the best stocker with the lowest miles. It’s the last of the line and something that’s truly distinctive.

- Buyer's guide: Holden Monaro CV8 V2

 

2. BMW E24 COUPES
Price range $10,000 - $30,000

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If nothing else I practice what I preach, as I’ve now owned two 6 Series models! They’re a fun GT car, can be made reliable and are cheap. The previous generation – the 3.0Cs – has rocketed in price and it seems only a matter of time before they take off. Plus they have a strong local race history.

- Our shed: 1976 BMW 633

 

3. FORD FALCON BA XR6 TURBO
Price range $10,000 - $25,000

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It would have to be a manual (which narrows down the field considerably) and finding a good one could be a challenge. But the Turbo was and is a fascinating car that deserves to sit in any Aussie muscle car collection.

- Ford history: Falcon AU, BA, BF series 1998-2008

 

4. PORSCHE 944 TURBO
Price range $25,000 - $60,000

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I’m going to side with Cliff here. The front-engined Porsches are a hoot and it’s the turbo that gets my attention. Not cheap, but still value compared to a humble air-cooled 911.

- Past blast: Porsche 944 Turbo

 

5. JAGUAR XJS
Price range $15,000 - $30,000

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Okay, I might get laughed out of the country for this, but I still reckon these things are a great buy and I’d have one in a heartbeat if I had the shed space. Seriously, we’re talking a huge luxo GT car with a big V12 in the snout for mid teens. Okay, they can be trouble, but owners swear you can fix them. Plus, here’s another one with good local race history.

- Buyer's guide: Jaguar XJS 1975-96

 

More top five picks from our team:

- Andy Enright
- David Morley
- John Wright
- Uncle Phil
- Cliff Chambers
- Angelo Loupetis

 

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

 

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