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Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:00:06 +0000

Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 22 March

Abarth 500 - Front 3/4

Just under £5000 could get you behind the wheel of a raunchy Italian hot hatch
A second-hand example of Abarth's Fiat 500-based hot hatchback is a cut-price, but equally fun, alternative to the Ford Fiesta ST

Abarth 500, £4990: You can get into a 2014/63- reg Ford Fiesta 1.6 Ecoboost ST with 45,000 miles from a main dealer for £2500 more but if £5000 is your lot, then 50% more dough isn’t on the cards. 

So the Abarth 500 it is, but don’t look so down because it’s a real hoot and may even inspire you to one day trade up to the rip-roaring, spine-jarring Abarth 595 1.4 T-Jet Competizione. (A 2014/14-reg one with 60,000 miles is around £8000.) 

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. The 500 we clocked is a 2009/59-reg 1.4 T-Jet manual with 69,000 miles, full service history and lots of extras. It looks good in white, too, especially with those Abarth decals and 16in alloy wheels. 

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