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Nick's Picks: 10 summer smashers

By Nick Francis Published

It’s hot hot hot, so I’ve found these great summer smashers for sale at sunmotors.co.uk

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Porsche Boxster (986) - from £3,000

This brilliant entry-level Porsche is in plentiful supply, so you can snap up a bargain at sunmotors.co.uk.

Check the tyres, brakes and exhaust before buying - as costs can be high.

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Toyota MR2 - from £1,595

Talk about bang for buck, the MR2 is an ace budget sports car. Sadly, it was regarded as the poor man’s MX-5 or Lotus Elise, yet this rear-wheel-drived beauty tackles winding roads with attitude.

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Fiat Abarth - from £5,300

This 500 on steroids is both loveable and fun to drive, with exhaust roars that hint at the turbocharged engine. And now there’s a new version coming out, hopefully secondhand model prices will inch south.

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Mazda MX-5 - from £695

This fun little drop-top apes Brit roadsters from the ‘60s and ‘70s. They’re fun to drive and nicely balanced - and there’s even plenty of room in the boot. Aim for a third gen to keep maintenance costs down.

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Renault Clio Renaultsport 197 - from £1,470

As hot hatches go, this is a sizzler - ideal for boy or girl racers alike. There’s plenty of options on sunmotors.co.uk - check that the cambelt and auxiliary belt have life left in them.

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Audi Cabriolet - from £1,999

Lady Di loved her Audi 2.3E. The cars were built to last - a tank inside, but still with 90s classic styling. With a foldaway tonneau cover, this is ideal to soak up the summer sun.

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Skoda Octavia VRS estate - from £5,495

What looks like a humdrum family estate on the outside, roars like a beast when driven hard. The VRS gives it the oomph to challenge a Golf GTI, with a 2-litre 200bhp engine providing the grunt.

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Moris Minor convertible - from £6,750

An iconic British car that’s bound to turn heads wherever you go. Now a classic car, it’s possible to grab a slice of history and a beautiful Sunday drive for not too much moolah.

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Mercedes SL - from £3,990

The SL320 and 280 have six-cylinder motors that won’t rupture the wallet as much as the SL’s larger V12 cousins. You get luxury, of course, and it could prove a decent investment in the long run.

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Subaru Impreza 2.5 WRX - from £2,995

With a low centre of gravity - great for winding roads -  this was once the fastest thing on four wheels. Looks.. pah! But - cambelt checks aside - they are as tough as diamonds, with few gadgets to go wrong.

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