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They could be classics

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What makes a classic car? The Government has its own definition for tax purposes, which is simply a car more than 40 years old. Such cars are exempt from vehicle excise duty but it surely takes more than that to make a true classic. There may be no formal definition, but most classic cars do share some common attributes. They will almost certainly be attractive, perhaps not pretty, but good looking in their own way. They will also be very good at what they do, sometimes even defining a segment. Similarly, they could also define an era, bringing back memories of a particular moment in time. Rarity can also help achieve classic status. So will any of today’s cars make the grade as a classic? Here are five that just might.

Mazda MX5

After the MG disappeared there was a gap in the market for simple, affordable open top motoring. Mazda saw the opportunity and the MX5 moved in to fill that niche perfectly. Simple, reliable mechanics mean that the cars are ageing well, but just be on the lookout for rust problems.

Jaguar XJ6

Jaguar has done a tremendous job of transforming itself into a modern and profitable maker of premium cars and the new XF saloon is superb. There is no doubt, however, that it does look a little more mainstream and more like the other executive saloons out there. Nothing else looked like an XJ6 and there will undoubtedly be motorists out there who will love the old school British lines. An aluminium body means they last well and later models are exceptionally reliable.

Audi TT

The first Audi TT is already regarded as a design classic but motoring enthusiasts have been slower to appreciate it. This is a car that redefined the sporty coupe and is one of the prettiest ever built. Surely a future classic.

Ford Capri

Not so long ago, a Ford Capri was regarded as a naff 1970s throwback, but they have doubled in value over the last few years: a sure sign that a car is heading for classic status. You get a lot of car for the money and the 2.8 and 3.0 litre versions give impressive performances.

Peugeot 205 GTi

The hot hatch dominated the 1980s. The VW Golf may be the better known model but the Pug brought GTi hot hatch motoring to a wider audience. Light, fast and fun to drive, values are beginning to rise. As an example of a car that summed up its time, the 205 is certainly a future classic.

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