WANT ONE:// Autumn budget classics

Classic Cars Monthly offers you mini buying guides in the WANT ONE topics. In this 'Autumn budget classics' feature it's four friendly priced classic cars. Two from the eighties and two from the sixties. They can be found for a budget of around 4,250 GBP or 5.000 EURO.

 

1. Eighties droptop: the Lotus Elan M100

Lotus Elan M100Launched in 1989 - so only just a CCM car - this GM developed and Isuzu four cylinder powered two-seater handles quite good and is very predictable to drive. A rigid chassis an very low roll in corners gave it the 'finest front wheel drive [car] bar none' title. Performance is adequate: the turbo version boasts 162 brake, 0-60 in 6.5 secs and a top speed of 220 km/h. The revvy NA 1.6 gives a healthy 130 hp. Only 3,855 M100s were built. 

 

Buying one:
€ 5.000 should buy you a solid car. Add 2K for a turbo, think double money for a mint example. 
Why you want one
It really goes a lot better than it looks. With a rigid Lotus chassis a joy to drive. 
We like about it
The Elan M100 is a reliable Lotus, convertible, gentle on long cruises. The turboed cars are really quick.
We dislike about it
Not your typical Lotus car, walk past if the styling does not inspire.

2. Fun from the sixties: the Simca 1000

Simca 1000

A typical sixties car that managed a lifespan of 17 years. That must be a brilliant one. The Simca offers more space than you think and adds a bit of sportiness thanks to a low weight of 730 kgs and IRS. The four banger hides in the back so oversteer is your friend, but then: you will love it as did former LM winner Jan Lammers, who started his carreer in one of these. Bodies always come with four doors. Look out for the Simca Rally variation: 100 brake on tap and a riot to drive.

Buying one:

Always look before you buy but a good one can be found between 2 and 6K euros. Mind you: 1.9 million were built!
Why you want one
It's a great alternative to the Mini and has a sporty character.
We like about it
It really is a four seater, engine can be easily tuned to add fun.
We dislike about it
Keep the tinworm out, noisy and quite a handfull.

 


3. Eighties coupé: the Renault Fuego

Renault fuegoIn the early 80s the Fuego was the top-selling European two-door coupé. Mind you: in those days this Renault was the first mass produced four-seater designed in a wind tunnel and the TD model was classified as the then-fastest diesel car in the world with a top speed of 180kph. Cars come in manual and automatic, engines range from 1.4 to 2.2 and 2.1 diesel. The pick of the bunch is the 125 brake EFI Turbo 1.6 four.

Buying one:
Starting from € 1.000, € 5.000 will get you a Pebble Beach winner!
Why you want one
It's something different and it's so back to the eighties.
We like about it
Styling, proven French technology, even comes as a diesel!
We dislike about it
Lots of plastic, odd interior.

4. Sixties style: the Wolseley 16/60

Wolseley 16/60In 15/60 guise this stylish Farina is similar to the Riley 4/68, Austin A55 Cambridge Mark II, MG Magnette Mark III and Morris Oxford V. The Wolseley has the illuminated badge though. Proven technlogy boasts a B-series BMC 1.5 with ample 52 brake. The 1.6 16/60 has the slightly exterior updates and an extra 10 hp on tap. Production ceased in 1971. The straight six model is aclled Wolseley 24/80.

 

Buying one:
Prepare spending between 5,000 and 10,000 euros. BMC cars are easy to maintain and parts are widely available.
Why you want one
Elegant and spacious, decent English air on a budget.
We like about it
Farina styling, character, stylish family car.
We dislike about it
Old hat compared to period Teutonic offerings