John Wright'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 John Wright's top five...

 

JOHN WRIGHT'S TOP FIVE BUYS:

1. BMW E36 M3
Price range - $15,000 - $30,000

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I have to rank this M3 first because I bought one on exactly this premise: what is the most underrated but affordable classic car on the market? The original E30 M3 was not built in right-hand drive but they still command mostly six-figure sums. While the six-cylinder E36 is less pure in concept – because not designed as a race car first – it is wonderful to drive. Interestingly, the early 210 kW five-speed cars seem rarer than the 232 kW six-speed Evolution. range is $15K to $30K for a 1994-95 coupe.

- Our shed: BMW E36 M3

 

2. FORD FALCON EB GT
Price range - $30,000 - $50,000

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The EB Falcon GT may not have delivered the full 200 kW but its got style and that name makes it highly collectible.

- Ford Falcon EB GT review

 

3. MAZDA RX-7 TWIN TURBO
Price range - $20,000 - $40,000

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The Mazda RX-7 Twin Turbo that ate Bathurst must soon head the way of the R100 and RX-3.

- Mazda RX-7 Type R Bathurst review

 

4. VOLVO 850R
Price range - $7000 - $12,000

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When I saw a Volvo 850R sedan (while researching this yarn) with a roadworthy and rego at $7500 it was all I could do not to ring up and buy it. The wagon would be even neater.

- Future classic: Volvo 960/S90

 

5. AUDI TT QUATTRO
Price range - $5000 - $10,000

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My bargain basement special is the original Audi TT Quattro, a classic Bauhaus design of timeless beauty.

- Audi TT RS review

 

More top five picks from our team:

- Andy Enright
- David Morley
- Angelo Loupeteis
- Uncle Phil
- Guy Allen
- Cliff Chambers

 

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

 

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