Buying British is a sensible choice if you're searching for something outside of the normal. These eccentric machines can make good used bargains.
1 - Light Car Company Rocket (1991-1998)
Forget the McLaren F1 - the Rocket was Gordon Murray’s finest hour. Masterminded and built by former racer Chris Craft and designed by Murray, the LCC Rocket was a blisteringly quick open funster that looked and went like a 1960s F1 car.
With a mid-mounted 143bhp 1.0-litre Yamaha motorcycle engine and a five-speed sequential gearbox, it hit 60mph in less than four seconds. It weighed just 370kg, so it went like stink and held the road like glue. Despite appearances, it’s a two-seater, with the passenger seated behind the driver.
Fewer than 50 were made, so, if you can find one, prices will be high. But you’ll have a great investment and a staggeringly good car.
2 - Reliant Scimitar SS1 (1984-1990)
Fancy a diminutive drop-top that’s guaranteed to stand out from the crowd? A Scimitar SS1 could be for you.
Saddled at launch with some rather weedy Ford engines, it soon acquired a more powerful 135bhp 1.8-litre turbo unit from Nissan. Top speed was 126mph and, according to our sister mag What Car?, 0-60mph took just 6.6sec. It had a glassfibre body with easily removable panels, and, thanks to independent suspension all round and a 50/50 weight distribution, it handled pretty well.
In the end it proved a little too fragile, though, and its Michelotti styling a little too divisive, so only 1500 were made. You can buy a wreck for a few hundred pounds and good ones from around £2k.