5 Aspirational Cars Of The 1990s

The 90s might be sneered at today, but we remember it as a right laugh, and it also produced some classic cars that still sell like hot cakes...
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The 90s might be sneered at today, but we remember it as a right laugh, and it also produced some classic cars that still sell like hot cakes...

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For years the 1990s have been ridiculed for its questionable fashion (waistcoats, flannel shirts, hi-top haircuts), dodgy music (East 17, Ultimate Kaos, Menswear) and inane crazes (Tamagotchis, yo-yos, Pokemon).  However, there’s no escaping that the decade is now once again in vogue with an array of the era’s biggest bands reforming for huge gigs and sell-out tours, a renewed interest in ‘90s art with both Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst staging huge exhibitions in the past year, and even fashion designers getting in on the act – denim is back in a big way in 2013.

There’s also been a surge in demand for the decade’s coolest aspirational cars and luckily  motors.co.uk have compiled this list of favourites:

Porsche Boxster

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Porsche’s first road vehicle to be originally designed as a roadster since the 550 Spyder, the Boxster launched in 1996 and was positioned as one of the first affordable luxury sports cars – available at the time for just £35,000. What’s even more remarkable is that you can get your hands on a 1990s Porsche Boxster for £5,000!

The car was extremely popular at the time, picking up countless end of year awards and winning several celebrity admirers including Prince Naseem Hamed and Bros’ Luke Goss. Today celebs such as Robert Pattinson, One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Ashley Tisdale still favour the classic Boxster.

From £4,495

TVR Cerbera

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Manufactured between 1996 and 2003, the Cerbera was the third car produced by British manufacturer TVR and the first hard top with the previous two being convertibles. Fitted with a hefty V8 engine, TVR owner Pete Wheeler was quoted at the time as saying that the car’s light weight and high power was “too much for a road car”.

The car was hugely popular amongst the biggest names of the era with David Beckham owning a custom-made Cerbera as well as The Prodigy’s Keith Flint and comedian Vic Reeves.

From £16,299

Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth

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A high performance version of the classic Sierra Cosworth, produced in order to help Ford keep up with their motorsport competitors.  The car was designed to be “unbeatable on the racetrack” and featured a powerful competition engine.  As a result, the RS500 was one of the most successful rally cars of its time winning many national series.  Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford owned one and several professional drivers made their name in a Sierra including legendary driver Jimmy McRae.

From £14,999

Lotus Elise

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A mid-engined roadster launched in 1996, the Elise became famous for its fast acceleration, despite a relatively low power output thanks to its light fibreglass body.  Well known owners in the 1990s included Vinnie Jones, Jennifer Lopez and Belinda Carlisle.  Now available for less than £8,000.

From £7,789

Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The Grand Cherokee is a mid-sized, unibody-chassis SUV launched in 1993 and proving so popular that it’s still in production today.  A Grand Cherokee was the first new car that President Barack Obama ever bought.  It sold at auction for $26,437 in 2010 – Obama traded it in for $3,500 in 2004.

From £1,195

For all these and more go to Motors.co.uk