I have to admit that this week I have mostly been looking at the BMW 6-series. Not the fright mask-wearing, bloated one you can find in the showrooms for around £15k, but the old-school shark-nosed ones. You can get them for £2995 (albeit with not much of a service history).

Anyway, that got me thinking: why would you pay £15k for a coupe when you can get something far prettier for just £5k?

A white Honda Integra Type R for £5k would be nice and I’ve seen a few of those in the classifieds recently in all their milk float colour scheme glory. I also have an immense amount of time for the long-lost Toyota Celica, and you should get a 2002 one for that. You can get miley Mercedes CLKs and Sport Coupes for that sort of cash, too. But are they proper Mercs? Course not; you want an E320 coupe in Sportline spec (the good-old early 1990s W124 model) for that. Better still, the values of these particular models have actually been on the rise in recent months.

Oddly, the quirky Citroen C4 VTR coupe is pretty much within budget – £5k can buy you a 2006 example. I rather like Citroens these days and at least it looks different, is practical and seems a better buy than a 2004 Hyundai Coupe at the same money.

Or how about something really interesting, like an old Mazda RX-7? I doubt there’s a prettier coupe out there, and you can talk rotor tips all day long with likeminded Rotarians.

Apparently Smarts count as coupes, too, but not as far as I’m concerned. And one more thing - I got all the way to the end of this without mentioning the now very affordable E46 6-cylinder BMW 3-series coupes…

So what sort of £5k coupe turns you on?

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