Blog: Look what £500 buys you these days

IT’S a constant running theme on this website, but one that I can’t help returning to: how cheap cars can be – and often, are – just as useful as their expensive, new, counterparts. Take the Saab 9000 that I picked up from Preston last night – it’s MoT’d until next May, most of the electricals still work, it stops and steers in a straight line, and it still accelerates rapidly indeed.

A year-or-so ago, I paid over £2000 for one of these – admittedly in much better condition. and slightly younger – and had many happy times in it (until the gearbox dropped a circlip and it went off the road to be fixed). And on to now – with all the talk of recession, crunching credit, and expensive petrol, cars like this have rapidly become valueless. My ‘new’ example has 200,000 miles on the clock, but has been extremely well looked after (as all Aeros that have passed through my hands have), and probably still has loads of life left in it.

And let’s face it, at a total outlay of £500, if it went bang tomorrow (and I doubt it will), there’s a rich seam of parts to be harvested for my own Abbott-tuned example. So, what are the plans for this one? I’d say as a winter smoker, and then see what happens…

Oh, and as for my Tomat and SD1; I’ve not forgotten about them. Updates coming soon, I hope!

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...

Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
Keith Adams

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