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evo's used car deals of the week

Lee Stern
19 Jun 2018

We've delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week


In the evo office we need no excuse to browse the classifieds, endlessly, looking at the very best cars for sale. For some of us it's the ultimate pastime and a cathartic exercise, for others it represents the possibility of getting into a car that was once a pipedream. So, to help you find the very best, we pick our favourites each week to provide some inspiration.

> Browse our used buying guides here

Depending on where you look, a used car could be a total bargain - especially if you buy at auction or from a private buyer. Alternatively, you could go for full peace-of-mind and buy from an established dealer, the sort that buffs their cars to a showroom shine ready for buyers who'll then keep them locked in climate-controlled garages. But whether you're buying a car to keep for the future, a car to sell on in a few years to make money on or even a car to drive, remember to do your research first!

We've browsed dealers, classified sites and auctions, and here's our pick of the best used classic, sports and performance cars on sale - as chosen by evo staff.

Nisaan 370Z Nismo


Nissan’s evergreen 370Z, in its hottest, Nismo guise, possesses all the raw ingredients of a proper sports car: it’s front-engined, rear-wheel drive and has a manual gearbox. As you'd expect of a Nismo-branded product, it rides unapologetically firmly, although it’s just about useable on a day-to-day basis in the UK.

There’s a meaty quality to the steering, which itself is a trustworthy gateway to a pointy front-end that you can really lean on. However, the car demands attention at the limits of grip: the combination of 339bhp – courtesy of the 3.7-litre naturally aspirated V6 – and a limited-slip differential means it will transition from grip to slip pretty easily, and not with the sort of progression of the non-Nismo version.

The 0-62mph dash takes just 5.2 seconds and it’ll cruise up to a 155mph top speed. This example is just a year old, so is still covered by the manufacturer warranty.

Porsche 911 GT3 (996)


The first GT3 brought a motorsport-inspired dimension to the 911 in its 996-generation form, and it’s been a mainstay in the 911 model line-up ever since.

Under its tall, fixed rear wing sits a 3.6-litre flat-six pushing out 381bhp and 284lb ft of torque. As a result, the 996 GT3 is good for 190mph and can hit 60mph from a standing start in 4.5 seconds.

Of all the generations of GT3 it’s currently the cheapest, but that’s not a reflection of its talents. It’s an all-consuming car to drive, shot through with the thoroughly engineered feel that’s become synonymous with GT Porsches.

It’s a safe investment, too, with values all-but guaranteed to go in one direction – up. This Basalt Black example has covered just over 40,000 miles and comes complete with the Clubsport pack.

Peugoet GTi by Peugeot Sport


Our supermini category winner in evo Car of the Year 2018, it’s hard to look past the feisty Pug at this price. Presenting in all black, as opposed to one of the two-tone colour schemes, this 208 GTi doesn't shout about its Peugeot Sport makeover. It’s less than two years old and has clocked up just 9000 miles since being registered.

Under the bonnet is a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-pot, which produces 205bhp and 221lb ft of torque. That translates to a 143mph top speed and a 0-62mph sprint time of 6.5 seconds.

The Pug is all about the driving experience and in many ways is a spiritual successor to the classic 205 GTi. There’s real adjustability to the chassis, lending the 208 a dynamic character like little else in its segment today. It’s truly a joy to thread down a tight and twisty B-road and there are few cars we favour more at evo.

Jagaur XFR


In an age of turbocharged super saloons, there's something refreshingly different about the supercharged XFR. It may have lacked the outright performance of its contemporary rivals, but its polished and progressive chassis rendered it a real drivers’ car.

As a result, you could confidently summon the 5-litre V8’s prodigious reserves. Deployed in full, 503bhp and 463lb ft of torque was tarmac-bound via the rear wheels; once hooked up you could hit 62mph from a standing start in 4.7 seconds and reach a 155mph (limited) top speed. That’s an awful lot of performance for the same price as a new Honda Civic Type R.

In four years this Italian racing red XFR has covered less than 15,000 miles. The flagship model in the range when new, it has a specification to reflect that status: adaptive dampers, bi-xenon headlights and an upgraded stereo are all included.

Aston Martin Vanquish


The last Aston Martin to sport a naturally-aspirated engine, the Vanquish is worthy of reverence. Harbouring a 5.9-litre V12, that's as smooth as it is powerful, it boasts all the hallmarks of the archetypal grand tourer.

Vocally, the Vanquish sounds every bit as devilish as its specification suggests. With 568bhp and 465lb ft of torque at its disposal, the GT can haul itself from 0 to 60mph in 3.6 seconds and hit a 201mph top speed. Better still, point its long nose down a twisty road and it’s lithe and willing - although a truly testing stretch of tarmac can prove a step too far for the continent-crosser.

The first owner of this example was frivolous in their approach to the options list. A ‘Q by Aston Martin’ paint finish, carbon trim inside and out, and forged 20-inch wheels adorn this sub-7,000 mile Vanquish.

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