Five thousand pounds. That amount of money will almost get you the most starkly equipped Dacia Sandero on the market or about half of a Citroen C1. Not quite the recipe for driving fun then.

No need to despair though as there are still plenty of great cars out there for £5k, you just need to look a bit further back than a brand new 2018 model. A lot further back. Finding the right car can be a daunting task so we have picked a selection of the very best ones out there, from 100bhp fuel-sippers to 354bhp V8s, we have convertibles and coupes as well as a few long-distance GT cars too.

Sure, you won’t have a new car warranty and there is a good chance that there will be the odd oil leak and weird noise emanating from the suspension now and then but that is all part of the ‘character’ of an older car.

That doesn’t mean you won’t find a real peach that runs sweet as a nut, but its best to keep some money aside for a lemon, you know, to turn it into lemonade. Start slideshow