2000 Porsche 911 996 Turbo
The 996 was a step change for the Porsche 911, with a range of watercooled engines replacing the old aircooled units. A Turbo model was inevitable, but its engine was even more special, a 3.6-litre “Mezger” unit derived from that of the Le Mans-winning 911 GT1. With 414bhp it’s still rampantly quick today, but as usable as any other modern Porsche.
2003 Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR
The second McLaren-badged road car was nothing like the first, and while SLR grand tourer isn’t as exciting as the proto-hypercar F1, values aren’t as stratospheric either. The supercharged silver arrow celebrated Mercedes and McLaren’s involvement in F1 – and the project still had the kudos of Gordon Murray as its lead designer.
2004 Aston Martin DB7 GTA
The GTA was the final sendoff for the Ian Callum-penned DB7 before it was replaced by the DB9. With a 435bhp V12 engine and an automatic transmission the DB7 pulls off the grand tourer brief perfectly, and while not as striking as later Astons it’s still effortlessly pretty.
2004 Porsche Boxster
The modern classic credentials of the first, 986-generation Boxster are already well explored, but the 2004-on 987 is beginning to appear on buyers’ radars too. Similarly compact, it boasts a higher-quality cabin and greater power outputs than its predecessor, and as 986 prices begin to climb, 987s are unlikely to fall any further.
2005 Honda NSX
Supercars come little more reliable than the Honda NSX, and with little like it on the new car market, swelling interest in the model is little surprise. Short of a 1960s Ferrari V12, induction notes come no more intoxicating, but aside from an appetite for tyres, it’s little trickier to run than a Civic.