Overlook how weird it appeared at launch in 2003: are you able to think about if this snarling thug had been added to MG’s present line-up of low-cost run-arounds? Free of the shackles of their BMW overlords on the flip of the millennium, MG’s executives determined to recapture a few of the model’s sorely missed sporting cachet, and though the nippy ZR, ZS, ZT and TF bought strongly, it was the uncommon SV that got here closest to bedroom-poster materials. Based mostly on the Italian Qvale Mangusta, this carbonfibre-clad coupé took 320bhp from a 4.6-litre Ford V8 and was styled partially by Peter Stevens of McLaren F1 fame. A protracted manufacturing course of and sluggish gross sales meant it by no means even obtained it into triple figures.
One we discovered: Of the 2 up on the market, our choose is the one-owner, Garnet Purple automotive. You will have £49,000.
What’s this, a sporty French coupé with somewhat over 250bhp and squat, rotund styling? Alas, that’s so far as the similarities between the Alpine A110 and the RCZ-R go. Nonetheless, this was for some time Peugeot’s quickest manufacturing automotive, sending 267bhp from its 2.0-litre turbo 4 to the entrance axle by the use of a handbook gearbox and Torsen diff. It was faster than most scorching hatches however, extra vital, its vastly improved dynamics over the usual RCZ didn’t come at the price of consolation or refinement.
One we discovered: Simply 300 or so got here right here, so values are robust. Pay £15,495 for a 48,000-mile 63-plater.