Putting the engine in the back of a sports car isn't always a popular choice, but like them or loathe them, these rear-engined cars will always have admirers.
1 - Renault A610 (1992-1994)
Four-seat supercars seem to promise practicality and performance, but the problem for the Renault A610 came in German form. While it was fast, handled well and certainly looked the part, people couldn’t bring themselves to eschew the obvious Porsche alternative. Fewer than 100 found homes in the UK as a result.
Even the best A610 will cost you a reasonable amount in ongoing repairs and maintenance, as these are highly strung classics. It’s not just the mechanicals you need be wary of, either. Rust underneath the GRP exterior is a known issue, so check the chassis carefully before handing over the £10k you’ll need to start shopping.
2 - Volkswagen Karmann Ghia (1955-1974)
In the mid-1950s, if a Porsche 356 was out of reach, there was a budget alternative. The idea behind the Karmann Ghia was to create a beautiful sports car with proven running gear that could be sold at a price to suit the working man. Mission accomplished, even if these classy air-cooled motors are relaxed performers at best.
At least the Beetle-based mechanicals are tried and tested. Getting a smokey or noisy one isn’t the end of the world, but a rusty example could break your heart.
If you’re lucky, you might find a later, working coupé for around £10,000, but it will need money spent on it. At the other end of the scale, the best early convertibles nudge close to £30k.
3 - Porsche 911 Carrera (2006-2010)