A bucket list of 10 cars you should own

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There are certain cars that every petrolhead should aspire to own at some point in his or her life. Here’s our run down of the top 10.

An Italian Supercar
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An Italian Supercar

Think supercar, think Italy. Although Lamborghini invented the genre with its stunning Miura in 1966, Ferrari has since become the definitive supercar manufacturer. The mid-engined F430 is a thoroughly modern Ferrari, but as it approaches its tenth birthday prices are slipping to £60,000 and into the realms of attainability. 

A Porsche 911
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A Porsche 911

A Porsche 911

Since it was introduced more than 50 years ago the Porsche 911 has become known as the archetypal sports car. With the six-cylinder engine slung out behind the rear axle it really shouldn’t work, but the 911 is wonderful to drive. Pick up a 15-year-old 996 model for £9,000, or blow a cool £1m on a 1973 2.7 RS. 

A French Hot Hatch
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A French Hot Hatch

Every seasoned car reviewer has a story to tell involving a French hot hatch, a sudden loss of control and a ruined hedge. Peugeot and Renault have made this genre their own; the likes of the 205 GTi, 306 GTi, Clio 182 and Renaultsport Megane can be as fun to drive as six-figure supercars. 

A V8 Barge
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A V8 Barge

A V8 Barge

Two banks of cylinders arranged in a vee-shape. It sounds so simple, but once you’ve felt the effortless performance and heard the warbling exhaust note nothing else will suffice. Countless old BMWs, Jaguars and Mercedes deliver the V8 barge experience for a meagre £2,000 budget – just watch those fuel bills. 

A Japanese Sports Coupe
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A Japanese Sports Coupe

As the story goes, Ayrton Senna himself developed the legendary Honda NSX. Unfortunately the story is a load of old cobblers, but the NSX remains one of Japan’s best ever sports coupes. As NSX prices get stronger and stronger, those of us on a tight budget might like to consider the Mazda RX-7. 

An Alfa Romeo
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An Alfa Romeo

An Alfa Romeo

Some say you can’t call yourself a petrolhead until you’ve experienced the roller coaster of emotions that is Alfa Romeo ownership. All we know is, the 156 GTA might just be the best-looking sports saloon at any price, let alone £8,000. With a 247bhp V6 up front it has the go to match the show. 

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A Convertible

A Convertible

Drop-tops aren't for everybody – and the famous British weather might limit you to just a handful of top-down days per year – but when the sun is shining and the road is clear, nothing beats a spot of alfresco motoring. Mazda’s MX-5 is the definitive topless sports car and from just £1,500 it suits all budgets. 

A German Super Saloon
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A German Super Saloon

AMG, Mercedes’ in-house tuning division, is the master of the super saloon. It’s forged a peerless reputation for shoehorning ballistic V8 engines into otherwise entirely sensible saloon bodies. What you get is supercar-baiting performance and room for the family. The Mercedes C63 AMG is one of the best of the breed and it can be yours for less than £25,000. 

A BMW M-car
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A BMW M-car

A BMW M-car

Car enthusiasts discuss BMW's M performance division in hushed, reverential tones. There have been a few lemons along the way, but for the most part anything with an M badge really does fulfil the Ultimate Driving Machine promise. The E46 M3 is fast, great to drive and affordable to boot. 

An American Muscle Car
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An American Muscle Car

An American Muscle Car

Ford invented the muscle car with its Mustang 50 years ago and unveiled the sixth generation model this year. Car snobs will tell you that muscle cars don’t really handle, but with a big V8 up front and rear wheel drive, who cares? Besides, if a muscle car is good enough for Steve McQueen…

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