Point being that the Citroen Saxo VTS was pretty much guaranteed to become more valuable. Not only was it properly quick, but it looked good and was renowned for a, er, 'traditionally French' pocket rocket handling balance. The VTS is flighty and frenzied in a way that 21st century hot hatches cannot be, and that makes it desirable.
No, it really is desperate. HowManyLeft says there are currently just 387 Saxo VTSs registered on UK roads, down from a peak of 6,797 at the end of 2004. If an automotive endangered species list existed, the VTS would top it and the protesters would be out in force: "Down with Saxo slaughter!", "Save our Citroens!", "Oversteer is OK!" and so on. Once a fixture of every leisure centre car park, the VTS is now a seriously rare car.
2002 car is for sale at £4,695, a price it probably hasn't attracted for more than a decade. It looks a lovely example too, even if the facelifted car is a tad less desirable than the original. Completely standard with just 52,971 miles, this Wicked Red Metallic car has 18 Citroen main dealer stamps, a recent cambelt and every single MoT certificate since its first in 2005. You really won't find a better Saxo VTS, and it promises to be an absolute riot. Just keep it out of hedges...
What else might you have? Well a SportKa will be a bit slow by comparison, a Renaultsport Twingo is in budget but will feel very grown up and a similar 106 GTI is still another three thousand pounds more expensive. So even after all this time, the Saxo VTS looks a bit of bargain, but take our word for it: they're not going to stay this way!
CITROEN SAXO VTS
Engine: 1,587cc, 4-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 119@6,600rpm
Torque (lb ft): 107@5,200rpm
First registered: 2002
Recorded mileage: 52,971
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £4,695
See the original advert here.