Looking for something special? Try left-hand drive

Many motorists are put off buying left-hand drive cars, but ignoring motors with the steering wheels on the 'wrong' side could see you miss out!

Ok, by driving a left-hooker you will have to stop yourself from trying to open the driver's door when you go to change gear and car park ticket machines will be a chore, but for the following cars we'd certainly put up with the hassle.

Here, we've trawled the web for five left-hand drive motors we WOULD invest our cash in. Some require a lottery win first, but we think all are worth making a switch to the 'dark side' for.

Original BMW M3 – around £15,000

The original M3 is regarded as the best by many BMW fans – and the fact it only came in left-hand drive hasn't stopped it becoming a classic. Famed for its success in touring car racing around the world, the road going version was just as exciting. It featured a 2.3-litre unit producing 195bhp plus wings and spoilers that still look good today. However, it's the later Evo III we'd go for with its larger 2.5-litre lump and 238bhp capable of hitting 60mph in 6.1 seconds.

Lancia Delta Integrale Evoluzione – around £14,995

This left-hooker was so good a bunch of car nuts named a magazine after it! Make no mistake, the Integrale Evo is a legendary machine. Why? Well, that'll be something to do with its success on the world rally stage. The Integrale picked up no less than six world titles and with them a place in most car collectors' dream garage. Our pick would be the Evo II with a 2.0-litre turbo-charged lump pumping out 215bhp, propelling it to 60mph in just 5.7 seconds.

Lamborghini Miura – around £225,000

As the Mob dumped it over the side of an Italian cliff top with a JCB, the Lamborghini Miura's stunning lines were etched on to the minds of thousands of cinema-goers. The start of The Italian Job's opening scene may have ended in disaster for the left-hand drive Miura, but it cemented its place as one of the all-time greats. The sound of that 4.0-litre V12 is enough to make grown men go weak at the knees.

Fiat Barchetta – around £4,000

Here's another Italian left-hooker, but this time you won't need you to take out a second mortgage to put one on your drive! The Barchetta is a simple two-seater that combines wind-in-the-hair thrills with a sprightly 1.7-litre, 129bhp engine. That's enough to punch the roadster to 60mph in an entertaining 8.9 seconds and on to 118mph. But we'd buy one for the looks alone!

Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 'Eleanor' – around £50,000

Who wouldn't at least want a go in one of these American muscle cars? Whether it's a classic like 'Eleanor' the GT500 from Gone in 60 Seconds or a more modern variant like the 2007 Shelby GT500 with two white stripes down the middle, all Mustangs ooze brute force. If it was our cash going on one of these left-hand drive greats it'd have to be the one made famous in the Nicolas Cage blockbuster. The 1967 model has 335bhp and can crack 60mph in six seconds, but more importantly, it sounds awesome.

So that's where our left-hand drive money would go if we were buying, but what about you? What's your favourite ever left-hand drive car and could you put up with the hassles of driving one? Let us know by posting your comments below.

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