Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 5 October


Mitsubishi Galant £3995:

Wow, it’s an angular Mitsubishi Galant with plush brown velour and it features Auto Cruise – a quaint name for an early cruise control system. You might find the price to be a bit steep, but where else are you going to find a 1980s Galant in this fine a condition?

Auction watch: 

Daimler six 4.0-litre:

Based on the Jaguar XJ40, the Daimler Six is basically the same car under the skin: it just has a plusher interior, natty wooden picnic tables in the back and fluted chromework on the grille and bootlid.

The XJ40-series had a turbulent upbringing under British Leyland but, by the time this 1994 car was built, Ford owned Jaguar and build quality and reliability had improved. The 4.0-litre six is reliable if looked after, so mechanically this should have been a good buy for £2000, including auction premium. Generally, watch for rust and ensure the leather is in top condition.

Get it while you can: 

Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport Nav Price new £24,395. Price now £17,000

Mazda has just given its perennially popular MX-5 sports car a minor facelift. Cosmetically, it really is one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it ones, which is good news for those of us who buy used since you can purchase an old one without anyone really noticing it’s an old one. We liked this tidy 2016 2.0-litre example in high-spec Sport Nav guise with only 10,000 miles for £17,000. New, it would be more like £23k if you haggled, so that’s a useful saving.

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