Top five 1990s classic cars to buy now
There are still bargains out there, despite rising prices. Some are yet to be discovered, others have peaked then flattened-off in value. Which would you buy?
So many pretty special vehicles slipped under the radar in the mid-1990s – and we’ve rounded up five of them here. They weren’t all the best-selling machines, nor were they trumpeted as groundbreakers in their prime. However, as cheap investments guaranteed to climb the price ladder, these modern classics didn’t just move the game forward, they are astoundingly useable and surprisingly cool.
5. 1995 Volvo 850 T5-R
Volvos are usually as sensible as your school’s retiring, cardigan-wearing headmaster, yet sometimes the Swedish brand surprises even itself by going spectacularly OTT. The 850 T-5 R is one example of wide-eyed engineers endowing the traditional Swedish family tank with a weighty dollop of fervour and desirability.
Available in either comatose black or heroin-tinged banana yellow, this Volvo can hit 60mph from a standstill in only six seconds and continue all the way to an electronically limited 155mph. Not foregoing the brand’s world-famous safety ethos, the 850 T-5 R is credited as being the first production car to provide an integrated child booster seat.
But never mind the mundane stuff; with over 240bhp to play with, this is Noomi Rapace on wheels. It’s also now hotter marketplace fodder than a flaming, spicy Swedish meatball.
Cool rating: Glacier
4. 1996 Peugeot 406 Coupé
Barings Bank appeared to have lady luck on its side compared with the turmoil Peugeot suffered throughout the 1990s. Yet while in-house disgruntlement began during the era of excess with the much-forgotten 309, and stretched to fever pitch in time for the 1998 football World Cup, the brand’s designers managed to style one of the finest modern, affordable coupés ever made in their frantic anguish to revive the lion’s fortunes.
Providing a hefty slice of well groomed European chic at a price so competitive it left rival salesman quivering in their loafers, the 406 Coupé offered a wide array of trim and enthusiastic engines – including a diesel option for those seeking to combine image and penny-pinching thrift.
Pininfarina even styled the lines, leaving it as the true underdog within the modern classic world. The car is proving ever more popular with petrolheads as the years march on and good examples fall by the wayside, so bag one while you can before prices escalate towards silly money.
Cool rating: Jean Reno bellowing ‘sacré bleu!’
3. 1995 Porsche 993
Boxster-hating purists of deepest Stuttgart refer to the 993 as the final ‘real’ 911. As the company’s last aircooled flat-six, variants of the 993 have fast become collector’s items. Demand for the Turbo and RS models are so high that people have re-mortgaged their house in order to acquire one.
More characterful than the 996 that replaced it, any well heeled 993 allows you to indulge in the intoxicating aroma of retro-history offered by Porsches of this era. However, the GT1 is the most desirable of the lot.
There may have been only 25 examples of the Le Mans-inspired monster built, mainly to qualify for homologation rules and join the FIA GT Championship, but this never took away from its eye socket-abusing torque or 4-second 0-60mph sprint. Top speed was only just shy of 200mph, which was enough to leave your retinas watering – a bit like its original £500,000 asking price.
The 993 soared in value over the last five years, but it's dropped off a little lately. As it represents the end of the aircooled era it will always be highly collectible – so now will be a good time to buy.
Cool rating: Depeche Mode sharing Black Forest Gateau with a bear
TVR Grantura 1800'S' 1965
This lovely example is one of the best prepared competition cars we have ever seen, and is the result of a four year labour of love from its fastidious owner The TVR was purchased as a barn find road car in 2006 and completely rebuilt, including: - fitting a new chassis with a bolt on body - lowering the driver's side floor by one inch to increase headroom - boring the original engine blocFor Sale | 02 Mar 2018 | Trevor Farrington Ltd£ 42,950
TVR T350c 2005
TVR T350C 3.6 Speed-Six, 2005, 15,000 miles, Crystal Topaz, Portland Grey & Stratus Blue Trim, 1 Private Owner from new, Full TVR Specialist Service History including Engine Rebuild, Cherished Example in Outstanding Condition throughout. CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS: 07971 402872 07468 490100 01925213389 WEBSITE: www.cheshiresportclassics.co.uk HIGH DEFINITION PHOTO GALLERY: To view morFor Sale | 17 Feb 2018 | Cheshire, UK€ 38,495
1996 TVR Chimaera 400 59000 Miles SOLD
Burgundy Metallic with Magnolia Half hide with Cranberry Carpets. 1996 car done 59000 miles with 15 service stamps supplied with invoices. Power Steering , 17″ Alloys. Car Cover .. Fantastic condition throughout . These cars are just great value and great fun to drive with a built in sound track FOC.For Sale | 16 Apr 2018 | North Wessex, Downs AONB£ POA
2003 TVR Tuscan
Tuscan 2003 (52), 49,000 Miles, Air Conditioning, Highland Grey Pearl Mica (Total Brand New Respray So Immaculate) With Parchment Half Leather and Part Beige Lamonta, Anthracite Carpets. Fantastic and Comprehensive Full Yearly Service History. Will be Sold With Extensive 12 Month Warranty.For Sale | 08 Nov 2017£ 29,995
TVR Griffith 5.0
1999 TVR Griffith 500 – 5 Speed Manual – Power Steering Model, Only TWO owners from new, last owner for 15 years, only 20000 miles with full TVR Service History. Finished in Aston Martin Metallic Mendip Blue with Blue Wool Carpets, Blue Cloth Hood and Magnolia leather Upholstery. This Beautiful Griffith 500 has been nurtured and loved with no expense spared by it’s first two custodial ownersFor Sale | 17 Apr 2018 | Unit 1, M11 Business Link, Parsonage Farm, Stansted, Essex, CM24 8GF£ 34,950
Lowered price from €12.950 -> €11.500 The Peugeot 301 is a mid-size four-cylinder-engined automobile produced by Peugeot between 1932 and 1936. It is also the name of a new car introduced in 2012. The original 301 can be seen as a belated replacement for the Peugeot 177, although the 177 had not been offered since 1928: the 301 can therefore also be seen as a return by Peugeot to a market segFor Sale | 20 Apr 2018 | Oldtimerfarm Bvba - Steenweg op Deinze 51 C - 9880 Aalter - Belgium€ 11,500
Peugeot 177M Commerciale
Specifications Bodywork Length : cm (in): 400 Width : cm (in): 146 Height : cm (in): Wheelbase : cm (in) : 267 Weight: kg (lb) : 860 Mechanics. Displacement : straight-four 1525 cc, front-mounted Valve gear : 8 Fuel system : 1 carburettor Gearbox : 4-speed manual Drive wheels : rear-wheel drive Maximum power : 28 hp at 1900 rpm Maximum torque : Maximum speed : 75 km/h > Oldtimerfarm specializesFor Sale | 20 Apr 2018 | Oldtimerfarm Bvba - Steenweg op Deinze 51 C - 9880 Aalter - Belgium€ 11,950
Dutch papers Good, ready to drive cabrio Original Just participated in an international rally! 14Hp > Oldtimerfarm specializes in consignment sales of vintage and collection cars and we are proud to present you this car. Oldtimerfarm is located in Belgium, 9880 Aalter, Steenweg op Deinze 51C, where this car is in our showroom. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday 10-17h (also without appointment).For Sale | 16 Apr 2018 | Oldtimerfarm Bvba - Steenweg op Deinze 51 C - 9880 Aalter - Belgium€ 17,500
2. 1996 TVR Cerbera
The first production car to use Blackpool’s V8 engine, the TVR Cerbera was – at one point – one of the fastest production cars in the world. It knocked you about with the power of a wrecking ball, and was more difficult to keep in a straight line than Oliver Reed on a pub crawl. Complete with dubious levels of reliability, the Cerbera set the template for TVRs well into the new millennium.
Throw in unassisted controls, a murderous fixation on the wellbeing of the naïve and inexperienced, a distinct lack of comfort on wet roads and an overtly sexual nature – the Cerbera held all the trademarks of a true TVR, making it worth its weight in gold.
Cool rating: Bob Dylan powersliding in front of Buckingham Palace
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1. 1996 Lotus Elise MkI
Has it really been more than 20 years since Lotus’ fortunes changed with the launch of the Elise? Blessed with aluminium underpinnings and a wonderfully basic glassfibre construction, costing less than any decent Mercedes yet handling like a scalded cat on Velcro curtains, the roadster pushed the boundary for road-going cars like never before. It may have offered less in the way of creature comforts than your average MOT-station waiting room, but it was the ultimate driver’s car.
With near-perfect balance thanks to a mid-engine set-up, a stunning body and a road stance most Ferraris would kill for, the model’s ideal ratio of modern fantasy and weekday usability projected an image of what rivals should have been. The first-generation Elise is not just an epic driving machine, but also one of the most solid classic-car investments for the years ahead.
Cool rating: Alan Partridge/Calvin Harris Dance Remix
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This lovely example is one of the best prepared competition cars we have ever seen, and is the result of a four year labour of love from its fastidious owner The TVR was purchased as a barn find road car in 2006 and completely rebuilt, including: - fitting a new chassis with a bolt on body - lowering the driver's side floor by one inch to increase headroom - boring the original engine bloc
TVR T350C 3.6 Speed-Six, 2005, 15,000 miles, Crystal Topaz, Portland Grey & Stratus Blue Trim, 1 Private Owner from new, Full TVR Specialist Service History including Engine Rebuild, Cherished Example in Outstanding Condition throughout. CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS: 07971 402872 07468 490100 01925213389 WEBSITE: www.cheshiresportclassics.co.uk HIGH DEFINITION PHOTO GALLERY: To view mor
Burgundy Metallic with Magnolia Half hide with Cranberry Carpets. 1996 car done 59000 miles with 15 service stamps supplied with invoices. Power Steering , 17″ Alloys. Car Cover .. Fantastic condition throughout . These cars are just great value and great fun to drive with a built in sound track FOC.