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Fancy a Mercedes-Benz A-Class for under £17,000? These are our top bargain buys we've spotted for sale

The used car market is brimming with tasty deals, but sometimes it can be hard to tell the wise buys from the potential money pits.

Fear not, our used car experts have compiled their picks from the classifieds. See anything you like? Best to move fast and buy them before we do...

Honda NSX £56,995

Here at Autocar we know a thing or two about game changers, because once a year at the Autocar Awards ceremony we nominate half a dozen cars that have managed in some way to bring higher standards to their class or defy conventions.

We know, too, that once every so often a car comes along that caps that completely and simply rips up the rulebook, and back in 1990 the original Honda NSX was one of those – it was a supercar game changer.

Before the NSX, supercars were difficult buggers to get along with, having recalcitrant gearboxes, awkward driving positions and intractable powertrains. If you could see out of one you were lucky, and you were blessed if you could complete a journey without AA assistance.

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By contrast, the aluminium NSX was easy to drive and easy to see out of, and both its marvellous high-revving V6 VTEC engine and its sweet gearbox (automatic even, if you prefer) were super-responsive.

It was supremely reliable, too, but also thrillingly quick; it handled beautifully and, for the discerning, it was rammed full of exquisite engineering details. This was a grown-up and graceful supercar, and such was its brilliance it made every other manufacturer up their game. Once upon a time you could buy a used NSX for small change, but now you’ll need over £50,000 for a good one. The reasonable mileage and full service history example we found in our classifieds is nudging £60k. However, what you’d get is a delightful and thoroughly usable supercar, a sound investment and a chunk of history that you could use every day and derive enormous pleasure while doing so.


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Bristol Fighter £199,950: It might not always look like it, but they knew a thing or two at Bristol. The Fighter had a low centre of gravity, perfect weight distribution and a very low-drag body, plus it was luxurious, comfortable and incredibly fast. They’re extremely rare, too, so you could think of this car as a V10-engined investment.

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Morgan 3 Wheeler £42,000: This fully restored three-wheeled Moggie isn’t the latest incarnation but the original low-slung F-Series in which it was possible to sit and touch the ground with your fingertips. With a history dating back to 1935, this one’sasure-fire,open-topV-twin winner. Just add goggles and a handlebar moustache.

Volkswagen Scirocco £6995: Once the Golf stopped being so tall and boxy, the Scirocco’s days seemed to be numbered, but there’s still decent value to be found in a used one. Here we have a good, clean example of the sparkling 197bhp 2.0-litre petrol version, up for a tempting £6995. It’s fast, fun and, on these 18in alloys, rather handsome.

Chrysler Crossfire £2500: A stiff car, the Crossfire, and as a result it could corner in excess of 1g. However, if you don’t fancy the prospect of owning an American car, consider that, under the skin, most of it is a Mercedes-Benz SLK and it was made by Karmann in Germany. Anyway, £2500 for a Crossfire in good nick is a bit of a steal.

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Fiat X1/9: Imagine a low, strong and pleasingly agile mid-engined targa-topped two-seater, designed by Marcello Gandini and equipped with a lively and eminently tunable engine created by the great Aurelio Lampredi, that gripped like a limpet and could be bought in its day for the price of a family hatchback, and you can imagine the delight with which the world greeted the Fiat X1/9.

Alas, its day was a long time ago now and most are no more, but this late-1989 car with an extensive history and a current MOT made £2730 at a recent auction. That strikes us as a very good deal indeed.

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Mercedes-Benz A180 Sport Price new £23,170. Price now £16,990

The new A-Class might be causing a stir, but this third-generation model never quite captured our hearts. In a class of highly proficient competitors, its firm ride and poor handling let it down, as did its noisy diesels and scratchy interior quality. However, it still looks smart, the engines are at least efficient and the new model means you can pick up a delivery mileage version of this old one and save over £6k, which isn’t to be sniffed at.

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Brief: Gentlemen, I’m after something Italian. It should bubble with brio and make me tremendously excited. You each have £50k to fulfil my wishes.

Alfa Romeo SZ £49,995

What you need is an Alfa SZ. The angular styling caused such a stir at launch that people called it ‘Il Mostro’. The SZ grips the road like a ferocious beast – Alfa claimed it could pull 1g in corners. Then there’s the noise of that glorious V6, the lightweight composite bodywork, the rear transaxle... I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point.

Max Adams

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Iso Lele £49,995

Allow me to present the Iso Lele, a GT rival to the Lamborghini Espada with 325bhp and an epic soundtrack. Yet where an Espada costs around £150k now, a Lele will set you back a third of that. Inside, the lavish cabin is swathed in quilted leather, chrome and wood, while outside it oozes 1970s cool. A super- rare Italian GT with supercar pace for a super-reasonable price? If that’s not interesting, I don’t know what is.

Alex Robbins 


Man, that Lele is cool and as 1970s as an episode of The Persuaders. But I’m not sure I can resist the cluster of slashes that is the Alfa SZ.

Mark Pearson 

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class review 

Volkswagen Scirocco review

Morgan 3 Wheeler review

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TBC 22 June 2018


Britol Fighter, ultimate in cool and quirky

jason_recliner 22 June 2018

Il Mostro!!!


The Iso is also seriously cool.

Ryan Bane 22 June 2018


...I don’t think I’d be tempted by that A-class if was reduced to £7000 let alone £17000.  Slow, poorly built with so so reliability, and awful ride quality.

Have to be an absolute brand snob to see value in this piece of (censored).

abkq 22 June 2018

Ryan Bane wrote:

Ryan Bane wrote:

...I don’t think I’d be tempted by that A-class if was reduced to £7000 let alone £17000.  Slow, poorly built with so so reliability, and awful ride quality.

Have to be an absolute brand snob to see value in this piece of (censored).


Yes I agree its weird to recommend the A class for all the shortcomings you mentioned. I'd add poor visibility and claustrophobic cabin. 

For poor material quality just try pressing the cheap B-pillar casing.