The phrase 'race on Sunday, sell on Monday' is arguably more relevant in the British Touring Car Championship than any other racing series.
Thanks to depreciation, you can now bag a road-going production version of a BTCC hero for less than the price of a 10-year-old Ford Focus. Here's our top five recommendations to live out your BTCC fantasy:
1 - Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 (1992)
Back in the early 1990s, works team Alfa Corse was bossing the British Touring Car Championship with Italian Gabriele Tarquini at the helm of the Alfa Romeo 155 TS. The 155 TS road car was powered by a normally aspirated 2.0-litre Twin Spark 145bhp motor.
However, for just over £8k you can bag a range-topping 155 Q4 in mint condition with only 35,000 miles showing. The Q4 has a 47/53 front/rear weight distribution, four-wheel drive, a 2.0-litre turbo engine with 188bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.0sec. It’s a 20-year-old Alfa, so look out for electrical problems and flimsy dashboards.
2 - Ford Mondeo ST200 (2000)
The 2000 BTCC season was the last of the much-loved Super Touring era. Ford dominated the year, with the Prodrive-backed Mondeo and factory drivers Alain Menu, Anthony Reid and Rickard Rydell finishing first, second and third overall in the championship.
Ford's Mondeo ST200 is a rare beast now. Equipped with a 202bhp 2.5-litre V6 and capable of 0-62mph in 7.7sec and a top speed of 151mph, it’s an ideal touring car replica.