You pays your money… £9,000

The first in a series of very simple posts.

One amount of money, but a smorgasbord of vehicle options on the table.

But which one would you choose? And why?

1966 Plymouth Fury III Sport Coupe – in its day a fully-loaded car, and still highly original with 35,000 miles on the clock. Under the hood is the 6.3-litre “Golden Commando” Chrysler V8 with optional four-barrel carb. $14,900.

1968 Porsche 912 – a late phase one model with the 1.6-litre Porsche flat-four engine, and a great opportunity to sample the handling of these cars first-hand. £9,000.

1971 VW Beach Buggy – yes it needs TLC, but it’s utilitarian, retro and chunky (and therefore hugely cool). €11,500.

1974 MGB Roadster – handsome Aconite Purple paintwork, de rigeur Mota-Lita steering wheel, and it’s clearly been very well looked after. £8,995.

1987 Renault Alpine GTA V6 – just 29,000 miles from new, with near-complete history and the knowledge of having the same drag coefficient (0.28 Cd) as a Porsche 997. £8,750.

1989 Jaguar XJ 3.6 Sovereign – nothing particularly rare about a 3.6 Sovereign, but throw in the fact that it’s a manual and that it appears as fresh as when it left the factory in 1989 and you’ve got a mighty tempting vehicle. £8,950.

1995 Lotus Elan S2 – I didn’t really want to list this, because if I find myself with nine grand, it’ll be first on my shopping list. Having said that, it really is too good not to share. Great colour, great spec, and designed by the same man who penned the Jaguar XJR-15 and McLaren F1… £8,995.

1996 Lotus Elise S1 – I’m trying to think if I’ve ever seen a lower mileage S1. If I have, it certainly wasn’t for less than £10,000. Yes, VAT needs to be added, but for the money this looks like a bargain. £8,995.

1998 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG – 0-60 in about five seconds, special order interior and exterior colours, and true sleeper status. Power comes from a 5.5-litre V8 with 350bhp and 391lb/ft torque that’s tucked away up front. £8,995.

Do any of the above take your fancy? What would you spend your £9,000 on?

NB. GBP 9,000 is approximately USD 14,600 or EUR 11,000 at time of writing.