Been tasked with finding a cheap 1st car for one of my mates. He passed a couple of years back, but hasn't started driving due to going to university in Scotland. He's now saved up a little and is looking for something in the £500-£1000 range. I'll give him a hand getting something that's not quite road-worthy up to scratch, so minor details aren't really a problem.

He's not really much of a car person, but appears interested in helping get something back on the road and learning a bit about how cars work and how to fix them. The only thing I'm going on so far is that his family have always owned Fords, so I might as well continue that trend.

My first 3 ideas after the jump...

1st idea, 1st generation Focus. He won't be able to afford a full-fat 2.0l or higher due to insurance, so I've found a couple of cheaper 1.8 models at £450 and £600 apiece: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Focus…

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS…

2nd idea, Ford Sierra. Popular car here in its day, so parts shouldn't be an issue. More car for your money than the Focus, RWD, still modern enough to be safe and reliable, old enough to be easy to work on. Finally, something a little different to the dull little hatchbacks most people get as a first car. £600. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Sierr…

Lastly, a bit of a stretch to find one under £1000, but I personally really like the look of them. Ford Cortina Mk4. More classic, better styling than either of the other two imho, still easy to get parts and to work on but probably a bit more maintenance-heavy than the others. Bidding at £875. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1982-FORD-…

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What say you oppo?