The big motoring news today is that the Dacia Sandero will be the UK’s cheapest new car at just £5995. That’s all very well but would you want one? The name alone is enough to put me off, and just look at it! The residuals won’t be good either, with used buyers staying well clear in a couple of years.
No, for the same money you could buy yourself a Porsche. Not a 911, granted, you’ll need twice that amount for one of those, but how about one of the below?
£6000 will get you a decent example of an early Porsche Boxster, but do be wary of cars for less than that, they’re likely to be tired. Find a nice one and the mid-engined open-top Boxster is a lot of fun and still looks good today. It’s the bargain modern Porsche anyone can afford.
The same budget gives you a good choice of the entry-level Porsche from the 1980s. Mean styling, superb handling and practicality – it even has a hatchback – makes this a modern classic you could easily use every day. Choose a later S2 model or even, if you’re lucky, you’ll find a Turbo at this price – the bargain supercar.
This is a bit of a wildcard as cheaper 928s can be troublesome, so you need to know what you’re looking for. However, I reckon good 928s, even early ones, are getting more sought after and could be a good investment. Maybe not a car you’d want to use every day though…