£3000 – £15,000: Giorgetto Giugiaro is, as we know, a genius – and the original, most pure Panda is the absolute proof. As a piece of industrial and functional design, it was simple and easy to build. In the end, they made 4.5 million of them. In the beginning it was a sub-Fiat 127, a no-nonsense Volkswagen that could have been called the ‘Rustica’ or ‘il Zero’. Instead, the cuddly Panda had flat glass, easily pressed body panels and that brilliant one-piece grille.
Inside, the recliner seats and minimalist dashboard were alive. There wasn’t much to it, but it was done stylishly, of course. The itinerant was a 903cc Brazil-built OHC four-cylinder petrol engine developing 45 horsepower. Gentrification happened with the Super, which had conventional seats, and in 1986 things got a little more boring, but the fire truck made sense. It is the best city car of all time despite the rust, rattling engine, oil leakage and worn wheel bearings.
One we found: 1984 Fiat Panda 4×4, 36k miles, £3500
Suzuki SC100, 1979-1982
£3500 – £14,000: The legend that is the Whiz Kid was named Cervo in Japan and SC100 in Europe. It has a fantastically humming engine and sharp rack and pinion steering for hurtling through town, which it can do, weighing in at just 655kg. There aren’t many for sale and prices are rising as rot and indifference has killed most of them in the UK meaning it’s ultra-cool and ultra-exclusive now. You can buy these best in Europe at reasonable prices for classic cars with the Cervo logo.