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How to buy a future classic on a family-car budget - and 3 models to consider

Looking for a smart investment that’s fun to drive too? You might take a look at these.

WOULDN’T IT BE great to have a crystal ball and see just what cars of today could be worth considerably more in years to come?

If you’re looking for something a little rarer, and a whole lot more interesting, you might want to consider some of these for your shortlist of potential candidates for being a future classic.

1. Audi A2

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The Audi A2 was a car that was too far ahead of its time to be a real success. It was a masterpiece of engineering and was Audi’s attempt to beat the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Despite its compact size, it could comfortably seat four adults inside.

Its unusual side profile and design didn’t win over legions of fans, but it does still bear more than a passing resemblance to the electric BMW i3. There are several examples of the diesel A2 on the used market, which are powered by a three-cylinder 1.4-litre TDI. However, if you want to get the ‘3 litre car’ then you’ll need the 1.2-litre petrol. Official figures quoted at the time of its release saw it achieve 3.0 litres/100km or 94mpg in old money.

One of the only downsides is the use of aluminium for the bodywork, making it costly to repair – so if you’re considering one make sure it’s ding-free.

2. Renaultsport Megane RS

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When it comes to making hot hatches that handle, few can rival the chassis expertise of Renaultsport. While the latest Megane RS might cost north of €42,000, thankfully older generations can be picked up for much less.

Unlike the smaller Clio, the larger Megane does make more practical sense, with a body style that is just as eye-catching today, especially with that vertical curved rear window. As with other RS models, there’s a massive following of enthusiasts and no shortage of aftermarket upgrades available, but do look into what work has been carried out before purchasing.

3. Porsche Boxster

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Look anywhere in the Porsche used market, and you’ll see values going in only one direction – up. Even the 996-era models are creeping up in value, but there is still one model that can be picked up for the right money.

The Boxster was created to bring new and much-needed success to Porsche in the mid-nineties. Its mid-engine layout and convertible roof made it an instant hit with strong sales. Purists weren’t as keen on the Boxster, but its popularity has left a wide choice on the used market.

The 2.5-litre flat-six engine still sounds great today, and the Boxster is a sports car that is up to the challenge of being a daily driver too.

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