Former Fifth Gear host includes Vauxhall and Lancia in top four unique classic cars

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Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Jonny Smith said quirky cars “don’t mean expensive”. He said there are a lot of “rare cars which aren’t that desirable” which are still great vehicles.

Vauxhall VX220

Mr Smith said: “It’s a rebadged Lotus Elise but I always preferred it to the Elise which is a bit controversial.

“The Elise celebrated its anniversary this year. I think as Elise prices creep up the Vauxhall is maybe the one to have.

“The Vauxhall always was the cheaper to look after because you could take it to a Vauxhall dealer and the engine is just an Astra engine.

“I prefer the look of the VX220. I always thought it was a good car, The VX220 Turbo was an absolute weapon.”

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According to Parkers, the model has a used car value of between £4,600 and £8,500.

Lancia Stratos

Mr Smith said: “It’s a lesser-seen car that a certain generation will know.

“[It’s] a car that was built for homologation purposes. Homologation cars are always quirky because they have to fit a rulebook and often they don’t make the manufacturer any money.

“They throw money at building this thing to win at motorsport and weirdly in history they don’t sell so well which means they make the company a loss.

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