Ten Dream Cars For The Price Of A Family Saloon
Here’s what we found for between £12,000 and £15,000.
SL 55 AMG
Cars don't come much more fully loaded than a Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG, which boasts a mammoth 5.4-litre V8 engine under the bonnet. We found one such beast which was first registered in 2002 with 82,000 miles on the clock for £12,989. The SL 55 boasts a whopping 476 bhp and manages the 0 to 60mph sprint in 4.7 seconds. Running costs are going to be high but it will be a lot more exciting to own than a family saloon. Oh, and there's only room for two people, so the kids will have to walk.
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Proving you don’t need to be a high roller to own a Roller, we found a classic 1981 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow for just £12,000. With 92,500 miles on the clock, it features a range of luxurious “modern” gadgets including central locking, electric door mirrors and electric front seats.
Porsche 911 3.4
A Porsche 911 would take pride of place in anyone’s dream car garage. We found a 1999 soft top 911 on the market for only £12,000. It has a manual gearbox, climate control and 18in alloys. It has done 79,000 miles and comes with a private registration plate.
Jaguar XJS 4.0 Celebration
This is another car which will no doubt feature on a lot of top 10 dream car lists. The Jaguar XJS we have found is from 1996 and has only done 42,000 miles. With an automatic gear box and 0 to 60mph time of 6.9 seconds, it could be yours for £15,000.
TVR Chimaera 4.0
Another classic from 1999, we found a TVR Chimaera for £14,990. It has been driven 50,000 miles by its three owners. It has a leather interior, power steering and CD player. But as many people know TVRs, can be temperamental.
Lotus Esprit 2.2 Turbo
We found a 1991 Lotus Esprit on the market for £14,995. It has done around 54,000 miles, has a black leather interior and a glass sunroof. A definite head turner.
MG RV8 4.0
Having had a search around for various dream cars, this one has to be one of our favourites. The 1995 MG RV8 only has 36,000 miles on the clock having been in storage since 2007. It is an incredibly nice looking car either with the roof up or down.
BMW Alpina D3 BI-TURBO
Looking for something even better than a BMW? Then why not consider an Alpina. The example we found has heated leather seats, electric windows and air conditioning. One of only 96 BMW Alpina D3 BI-TURBO models made, we found a car priced at £15,000.
Maserati Spyder 4.2 GT
The Maserati Spyder is an impressive motor. It has electric leather seats and alloy wheels and is up for sale for £15,000. Running costs could be steep though, with fuel economy of only 15.2 mpg.
AC Cobra 2.0 2dr
The final car on our list is a lovely AC Cobra. Made in 1980, this car has only done 4,500 miles. That might be something to do with the fact that it has no roof and decent driving weather is quite a rarity. Priced at £15,000, the car we found had been stored in a garage since 2001.
*Are there any “affordable” dream cars missing from our list? Let us know.