How much can you get for the price of one Up! GTi?

Sunny Lam posted in TGZ

24w ago

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The Up! GTi created quite a stir in the car community when it was first launched - it relived the essence of the original Golf GTi, enough power, lightweight body and a short wheelbase. It handled like a dream in the corners, and according to journalists who drove it, it was an awesome place to be.

However, at £13,750, it's not exactly what you call - cheap. Hence why here are five cars that you can get with that money, with some change, or quite a lot of change shall I say, without having to sacrifice fun at all.

£1,000 - 2002 Toyota Celica

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201807318998055?body-type=Coupe&price-to=1000&radius=1500&price-from=0&transmission=Manual&sort=price-desc&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&postcode=w127ts&advertising-location=at_cars&page=1

The Toyota Celica, one of the greatest names in Toyota history - told the world that Toyota aren't necessarily boring. They can be fun to drive and cheap to run all at the same time.

The Celica isn't particularly powerful, with a 1.8L naturally aspirated engine, and a front-wheel-drive chassis, it hasn't got a lot of go in it. However, like the Up! GTi, it's in the corners where things get truly exciting. And you too should appreciate the idea of owning a fun Toyota, for not a lot of cash. This particular example is borne in 2002, and it looks to be in great shape.

The best thing about this car is that, it's just a grand. So it's probably one of the best bang for your buck you can get - if you don't want an MX-5 like anybody does.

£5,000 - 2011 Honda CR-Z

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201808029051494?price-to=5000&price-from=0&sort=price-desc&radius=1500&postcode=w127ts&advertising-location=at_cars&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&body-type=Coupe&transmission=Manual&page=2

The Honda CR-Z was heavily criticised when it was first launched, people said it didn't have the grunt like the old CR-X, and it didn't feel like a Honda at all.

However, as time goes on, people started to realise what made the CR-Z so ahead of its time - the understated hybridity. If you look at it, you'd never know it's a hybrid. They'd just think that you've bought a Honda sports car, which is good.

It handled really well in the corners too, albeit not as darty as a Civic Type R for example, but it was enough for the we enthusiasts, and certainly plentiful for the average Joe.

And all this sporty hybridity, is just £5,000. Bargain. And a potential appreciating asset too.

£7,500 - 2008 Nissan 350Z

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201808209678948?transmission=Manual&price-from=0&price-to=7500&postcode=w127ts&sort=price-desc&body-type=Coupe&advertising-location=at_cars&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&radius=1500&page=1

The next car really needs no introduction - the 350Z, known to be one of the truly great sports cars ever to come out of Japan. The recipe stayed the same throughout the Fairlady life, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive and a proper manual gearbox with three pedals.

These things are built to last, with engines that can be easily boosted, and a gearbox that'll take all the hard work, the 350Z might be the only car you'll ever need.

At just five grand, this particular example might be expensive for a 350Z, but trust me on this, you would want an original example with not much miles and loads of service history for these kind of cars, or else they might be beaten up really rather hard.

£10,000 - 2003 BMW M3

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201808169564150?price-to=10000&postcode=w127ts&advertising-location=at_cars&transmission=Manual&sort=price-desc&price-from=0&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&radius=1500&body-type=Coupe&page=2

Speaking of front-engined, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, you can't not mention the BMW M3 - famously known to be one of the best handling cars on the market.

The E46 M3 in particular is considered to be one of the true greats among enthusiasts, with a 3.2L inline 6 engine that sounds like nothing else, a proper manual gearbox and one of the timeless looks to go with the drivetrain, prices for the E46 M3s are sure only go one way from now on.

At £10,000, this might not be one of the cheapest, nor one of the most expensive M3s you can get, but take care of it, and this thing will never depreciate, and might even earn you some cash when it's time to sell it.

£13,000 - 2006 Porsche Cayman S

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201808219704723?transmission=Manual&price-from=0&price-to=13000&postcode=w127ts&sort=price-desc&body-type=Coupe&advertising-location=at_cars&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly%20New&onesearchad=New&radius=1500&page=1

When it comes to sports cars, many people will instantly think of the word - Porsche. It really is a byword for fun, good handling with a good engine.

When the Cayman first came out, it was described as the 'Coxster' by Jeremy Clarkson, because it was really a Boxster in coupe form. Despite the nickname, the Cayman lived on till now, with the chassis widely regarded as one of the most delicate on the market today, this is one car that you need to drive.

This particular example might seem a bit rough at first, with aftermarket wheels, and allegedly an aftermarket exhaust. However, dig a bit deeper, and you'll notice a really cool ride hidden under there somewhere. Just the spec is something to behold of, 3.4L flat six, mid-engined, with drive goes to the rear wheels, it's one of the best handling cars on the market today.

There you go, 5 cars, all for less than one brand new Up! GTi. Your choice.

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