Bought: Rover 2000TC
This Rover occupied a garage for 28 years until disinterred last summer. The engine had seized, in cylinder number three, but otherwise this 57,000-mile, one-owner car has survived amazingly well, which underlines the quality of these cars. Removing the engine for a rebore only proved how well-engineered Rovers used to be. – Richard Bremner
Sold: Audi S1
You tell yourself not to let emotion get the better of you when it comes to selling a car – it’s just a car, sheet metal, bits of plastic and rubber – and then it happens anyway. Regret seeps in and you find yourself missing it terribly.
The S1 definitely got under my skin, with its punchy 2.0-litre turbo engine, minutely adjustable chassis and right-size fit for the UK.
But the cash is now in a bank and I’ve swallowed the virtual key so I can’t fritter the money away, and the plan is to roll it into something else. Happy memories of an S1 will be turned into happy memories of something else. – Piers Ward
Bought: Saab 9-3 convertible
A wobbly £1000 Saab 9-3 convertible will never make the cut when discussing history’s greatest driver’s cars, but our scuttle-shaking Swede wasn’t bought for its ability to two-step down twisting B-roads. Instead, it was bought to provide some cheap summer family fun, which it’s done with aplomb.
In six months it has racked up 5000 miles, almost every one of them with the roof lowered and spirits raised, while its lusty and smooth 185bhp turbocharged engine has helped offset the dynamic failings of the approximate handling. Better still, with 145,000 miles on the clock it has just passed its MOT, requiring only two new tyres and a sidelight bulb. It looks like we’re in for another season of smiles. – James Disdale
Bought: Hyundai i10
I had dozens of car suggestions for my brother when he turned 17 – Mk2 Fiat Panda, VW Polo Dune, Daihatsu Terios (no, really) – then a neighbour let slip they were selling their 2010 scrappage-spec Hyundai i10. Not quite so overtly ‘cool’, perhaps, but it’ll net an economy figure in the high-50s, has electric windows and a decent stereo and will cost tuppence to repair after the inevitable knocks and scrapes. Not a bad little steer, either, all told. – Felix Page