Okay, so we know that the best driver’s car out there today is the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but I can’t afford one of those so I’ve been thinking about all the many cars that I would like to own (realistically) whilst they’re in my limited price range and before they become museum pieces only.
So the rules are that it must be available for four figures, and that’s it. It can be new or old and it certainly doesn’t have to be a performance car. It just has to be a vehicle you would like to own simply for the experience of it. These are my choices:
1. Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi. I owned a 1991 1.6 GTi and regretted selling it ever since. I’d love to have a go with a 1.9.
2. Mercedes 190E Cosworth. I run a 190E 2.0 auto that cost £620, and suspect that it’s actually the best one to own nowadays. But I can’t help wanting to try the Cossie.
3. Mazda MX-5 1.8i Mk2. Not so fast, but very fun. Like the idea of it as a cheap drifting tool for track days.
4. Mazda RX-7 Mk3. I’m a big fan of the looks – they still stand out today – and the rotary engine appeals despite reliability issues. Has to be standard, though.
5. Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0. I’ve never owned an Alfa and it’s something I definitely want to do. The Spider is hardly the best Alfa ever – or even at this sort of price - but it looks brilliant and open-air motoring in it seriously appeals.
6. Smart Roadster-Coupe 80. I don’t know why, I just like the quirkiness of it.
7. Volvo 240 GL Estate. No, really. I really like the boxiness and solidity of its looks, and the unpretentiousness of it all generally. I just want to know what it’d be like to own one. It might be terrible, but at least I’d know.
8. TVR Cerbera 4.2. Rarer than the Chimaera or Griffith, which only adds to the appeal I reckon.
9. Lotus Elise Mk1. Predictable choice, but one that I wouldn’t dream of leaving off the list
10. Mini Cooper S (original). It’s a classic, and there won’t ever be anything like it again.
I’ve limited myself to ten cars because otherwise I could be here all year. I wouldn’t dream of imposing such limits on the forums, so feel free to tell us as many of your four-figure favourites as you want.