Honda Integra

DC2 Type R, 1998, 80,400 miles, £17,490: Car makers once knew that less (it weighs 1140kg) is so much more. 

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Lotus Elise

1.8, 1998, 63,600 miles, £14,995: Lotus’s stunning return to its lightweight roots and one of the very best back-to-basics performance roadsters.

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Porsche Boxster

2.5, 1999, 60,221 miles, £5500: The years have been kind to what is one of the best routes into serious sports car ownership.

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Peugeot 106 GTi

106 GTi, 1998, 72,000 miles, £10,990: The French had this market sewn up and this is one of the best of the breed. Tiny, light and purposeful.

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Seat Ibiza GTI

GTI 16v, 1999, 95,000 miles, £1650: At a time when the Golf GTI wasn’t great, the VW Group was making a lighter,, better-value, Polo-based quick hatch.

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BMW 5 Series

535i V8, 1998, 92,000 miles, £3500: Fact: 1996 is the point at which the Bavarians built the perfect business express.

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Alfa Romeo 156

2.0 T.Spark, 1999, 45,682 miles, £5750: No one saw this coming. Here was a pretty Italian saloon with some wonderful engines.

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Audi A4

2.6 V6 SE, 1997, 17,500 miles, £5495: The BMW 3 Series suddenly had a credible rival when this A4 arrived.

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