Not an unreasonable request, I bought mine for £18k 18 months ago - I did however budget to chuck another few thousand at it - which I have! Also it had 80k miles on it but I think mileage keeps those Italian gremlins away, apart from the rust of course
I was going to say the same. There are 6 for sale across the classifieds for under 20k and two with under 70k on the clock and this is the starting price and I am sure these could be bought cheaper as the 4.2 is not a big seller these days. I’m not sure a 4.2 is worth much more than 20k these days with the 4.7 starting around 25k looking at what’s is for sale. You may need to get work done at the bottom end of the market but it isn’t impossible I’m sure to get a good one if you get it inspected before you buy. I know a few weeks back there was a lovely red one for sale at 19k and that sold for £17500 with 67k in the clock and a friend knows the owner and the only issue picked up at inspection was rear pads. Good luck with your search.
I have just done exactly this - 08 4.2 with 55k up for 20k. As above. Get an inspection done and do your research. Mine is currently having front suspension bushes and subframe protection done which is not insignificant and will need cam covers at some point...maybe variators too longer term.
I made sure I had a budget for works and accepted at the bottom of the market it would need some tlc.
As above, you do need to be very cautious at this entry point.
The GTs body is well protected for rust, but the subframes are not. This is causing cars to fail MOTs due to structural weakness at less than 10 years old. It can be treated if caught early enough, but if not you are looking at c£3k to fix.
Variators will be a potential issue at this age/type of engine, again c£2.5k... yes you can delay it, but at this age its a worry you don't need.
Due to the size and weight the car the front suspension takes a lot of stress, bushes and arms will probably need attention at anything from £500-1000 to put right.
Wheel bearings and the ABS sensor is a common fault at c£500 per wheel.
Cam gaskets, c£400 for the pair.
Of course you may be fortunate and find one with non of these issues, but treat all cars like they have, until you have evidence they do not, and budget accordingly.
£2k pa maintenance and repair war chest for anything else and you should be sorted.
They look stunning, and the early ones can be picked up for high teens... but please don't get bitten and turn into the guy in the pub who slates the brand due to buying a basket case... Best of luck.
Are there any GT's advertised for sale at or below £18k, with less than 70k miles, that are not Cat C/D, and do not need several £k of works? Surely an £18k car that needs say, £2k of work, is no longer an £18k car? I jus think the OP is going to struggle to find a sorted GT, with less than 70k on the clock, for a total sum of £18k all-in. But I suppose it might not be impossible.