You’ll be able to say what you want – dozy recirculating ball steering, awkward appears – however a Chrysler Crossfire will all the time be an intriguing previous factor. However why would anybody have chosen to purchase one over its shut relative, Mercedes-Benz’s Mk1 SLK R170, again when it was launched in 2003?
Chrysler Crossfire, £5999: Probably as a result of because the Chrysler got here on stream, that model of the SLK was being changed by the costlier Mk2, with its longer-lasting galvanised physique.
The Crossfire convertible was prettier than the coupé and appears finest in crimson. We discovered simply such a automobile, a 2006-reg handbook with 82,000 miles and eight stamps within the service guide. It has a black and cream leather-based inside with good alloy facings on the dashboard and centre console.
This common Crossfire is powered by a three.2-litre V6 that makes 215bhp and helps the automobile from Zero-62mph in 6.4sec. The sportier SRT-6 auto, with the identical primary engine however supercharged and tweaked by AMG, will get 330bhp for a similar dash in a frankly unbelievable four.8sec. This model is uncommon, though we did occur throughout a tidy 2006 instance with 37,000 miles for £10,500.
So what to search for when perusing an ordinary three.2? Rust, for a begin. If the automobile’s been parked outdoors for many of its life, it’ll be there someplace. Additionally examine that the engine isn’t due a significant service, which incorporates 12 new spark plugs and eight litres of oil.
On the take a look at drive, really feel for propshaft trembles between 30 and 70mph (hopefully it’s simply the rubber doughnut coupling) and examine the energetic spoiler works. Lastly, damp carpets level to poor roof seals, whereas water within the boot will seemingly knock out the central locking module.
Mazda 6 MPS, £3450: Mad four-wheel-drive repmobile launched in 2004 with a turbocharged 2.three petrol motor making 256bhp. They’re uncommon, however we discovered a 2006 instance with 99,000 miles and full service historical past.
Audi A6 Allroad three.Zero TDI, £3750: Previous Audi estates nonetheless have the ability to impress and most spectacular of all are the jacked-up A6 Allroads. Interiors are rock-solid and that three.Zero-litre TDI engine comes with 332lb ft up its sleeve. This 2007-reg instance has performed 130,000 miles.
Midas Gold convertible, £2495: The Gold embodies the qualities of lightness and a low centre of gravity which are nonetheless prized as we speak. The Metrobased Midas package launched in 1989 for £4500, making this one, primarily based on a 1985 Metro, a cut price. It’s on the market on the Titty Ho Motor Firm
Mercedes CLK DTM AMG, £259,995: Within the wake of our CLK 55 shopping for information, right here’s its sister automobile, the limited-edition DTM, launched in 2004 costing £235,000. This 2006-reg instance, one among solely 40 right-hookers, has simply 9000 miles beneath its boots.
Public sale watch
Ford Racing Puma: Is there a prettier small automobile than the Ford Racing Puma 1.7? It was restricted to 500 copies and price greater than £23,000 new in 2000, however this 75,000- mile instance went beneath the hammer at £8800. Examine that with the £13,000 and upwards sellers are usually asking. It wasn’t tatty, both. There have been 11 stamps within the service guide (fingers crossed the uncovered brake pistons had been cleaned every time), whereas a latest MOT had no advisories. It additionally had a brand new timing belt at 74,000 miles, and its ‘FRP’ registration was even included within the sale.
Get it when you can
Toyota RAV4 2.5 Hybrid Dynamic, value new – £34,400, value now – £31,990: Not an enormous saving right here, however all the identical it’s attention-grabbing that it’s on a mannequin as new because the RAV4, and this one a 2019/19-reg with 1600 miles. There are others, too. The factor is, you possibly can guess that when you’re looking for a brand new one, you’ll be informed reductions are subsequent to zero. Certainly, beneath present presents, there’s not even a PCP deposit contribution from Toyota. So shopping for this practically new one will prevent a bit of money, and it nonetheless has most of its five-year guarantee.
Conflict of the classifieds
Transient: Discover a charming Brit traditional for £5k.
MG MGB convertible, £5000: Nothing says ‘charming British traditional’ like a rorty little sports activities automobile, and maybe the preferred instance of that’s the MGB. Greater than 500,000 had been produced over the mannequin’s 18-year manufacturing run and, due to that, there’s an enormous following behind it. It additionally helps that the aftermarket assist for the MGB is basically good, so proudly owning one needs to be a doddle. This 1972 instance has solely 53,000 miles on it and, other than a color change, it’s in unique situation. What’s extra, it’s sporting loads of chrome and has natty leather-based seats and a picket dashboard. How charming is that? Max Adams
Reliant Scimitar SS1, £4499: Michelotti was a superb automobile designer however there are some who’ve expressed doubts in regards to the styling of the SS1. Pourquoi? It’s a cute, small, glassfibre-bodied open-top roadster in the most effective British traditions, and it comes with the double blessing of all-round impartial suspension and in addition of trying like nothing else on the roads. It may well shift, too, because of the 1.Eight-litre turbocharged Nissan four-pot beneath the bonnet. This one is far modified in engine and chassis, however even the usual automobile might see off the Zero-60mph dash in 6.7sec. Go on, inform me you’re not a bit of bit tempted… Mark Pearson
Verdict: It’s hardly charming just like the MGB, however that Scimitar is intriguing and seems to be higher than new.
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