Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 21 September


Vauxhall Cavalier Calibre, £6989:

Here’s something you don’t see every day. The Calibre was a run-out special based on the Cavalier SRi 130, with oh-so-1980s Tickford styling, sports suspension and a plush interior. This one seems pricey,given the 164,000 miles on the clock, but these super-rare curios don’t come along often.

Auction watch: 

Lea-Francis ace of spades: With looks only its mother could love, it should come as no surprise that only five examples of the Ace of Spades were built. Powered by a 3.5-litre version of Jaguar’s XJ straight six, it was built on a ladder-style box frame that was then clothed in aluminium panels.

Torsion bar front suspension allied to leaf springs at the back mean it is no sports car. But it does have an opulent interior, with satinwood veneer, Connolly leather hide and Wilton carpets.

Given it’s so obscure, it’s a bit of a surprise to see it fetch such strong money at auction – £38,160, no less.

Get it while you can: 

Ford Fiesta ST Price new £19,765. Price now £13,500: We’ve had to wait a while for a hot supermini to better the ST version of the Mk6 Fiesta – and it only arrived when its successor turned up earlier this year.

Nevertheless, the older car still makes lots of sense, especially when you can get a year-old, fully loaded ST-3 with just 7000 miles on the clock for more than £6k less than its original price. This car’s so good, it won our Junior Handling Day twice over – and were it not for the fact that it’s no longer on sale as a new car, it’d probably still be showing most of the competition the way home to this day.

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