15 surprisingly affordable classic cars

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1. MGB GT/ Roadster

Hugely popular in its day and still one of Britain’s most accessible classic cars, MGBs are easy to repair with many models available today having been extensively restored by loving owners.

Widely considered a good “starter classic”, the hardtop GT is less popular as a summer run-around that the convertible Roadster but they are also generally less expensive than their soft top cousins.

GT owners also have the added kudos of driving a car that has the hand of Sergio Pininfarina in its creation. The design house best known for helping to model generations of Ferraris, was commissioned by MG to develop the GT’s revolutionary sloping roof, providing coupe styling with hatchback practicality.

One MGB GT went on the market this week for £15,000, and only 1500 miles on the clock, but a good target price would be £3,000 to £7,000.

2. Triumph Spitfire

Built to honour the Spitfire fighter plane, the very first Triumph Spitfires appeared at the London Motor Show in 1962 and were in production up until 1980.

In common with many cars of its age, classic Spitfires are at risk of acquiring a rust build-up on the floor panels and in the sills, which can be extremely expensive to repair. The bonnet area and headlamps are also particularly susceptible to rust.

The later models are usually more reliable, and come with added chrome. Aim for £4000-7000.

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