Style doesn't have to cost the Earth, and timeless good looks shouldn't break the bank. These five start at just over £2000.
1 - Jensen Interceptor (1966-1976)
If you think it looks good now, imagine how it was received in 1966. With that gorgeous Italian styling and a burbling 325bhp 6.3-litre Chrysler V8, the Interceptor was, for a time, the smart set’s GT of choice.
On the road, it was quick — 140mph and 0-60mph in 6.5sec — and incredibly thirsty. Although it was as fun to be in as it was to look at, it could be unruly, but a four-wheel-drive version, the FF, was better behaved.
Parts for the V8 and its ancillaries are readily available and reasonably affordable, but the body is fragile and expensive. New sills alone can cost £5000. So it’s worth avoiding the cheaper cars and spending upwards of £20k on a tidy one.
2 - Porsche 928 (1978-1995)
The iconoclastic 928 oozed style and its curvaceous shape cocked a snook at the straight-line thinking of the 1970s.
Its 4.5-litre V8 went against the zeitgeist, too, and its front location and liquid cooling defied Porsche’s own conventions. Its speed matched its looks: 0-60mph in 6.5sec and 155mph flat out.
Much else was good. There was an optional automatic gearbox (most chose it), perfect weight distribution and sticky Pirelli P7s. Its aerodynamic body had integrated plastic bumpers and the interior used refreshing op-art fabrics.
Buy one in reasonable condition for £10k and up. Try to find an earlier car, though. Later models were faster but fatter, and not nearly as cool.