SOTW: HONDA LEGEND
Actually, make that two Honda Legends...
That gets you a 1994 L-plate example, with 132k miles on the clock, although the MOT is quite short - you'll need to renew the ticket next March.
In all honesty, we could probably have found slightly smarter Legends within the bounds of £1000, but the proud proclamation of the dealer (Dock View Trade Cars in Barry, Wales) that there's "No bulls***...just cheap cars!!!!" - tickled us so much that, well, we simply had to include it.
And if the 1994 Legend is a bit too old for you, there's always a newer Mk3 Legend to ponder, and this one looks particularly tidy for just £595. In fact, if you can't decide you could always get both within Shed's budget and, with a bit of haggling, have enough left over for a slap-up meal to celebrate...
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Honda Legend 3.2 V6
1994 L £395
4 Doors, Automatic, Saloon, Petrol, 132,000 miles, Metallic Green, MOT-03-2012. PAS, ABS, Alloy wheels, Central locking, Cruise control, Driver airbag, Electric windows, Leather seats, Radio, Remote locking. Insurance Group:15, Drives Very Well, South Wales Area, £395