Selling your classic car? It's FREE to list your car on Honest John Classics | No thanks

Which luxury car with moderate running costs and ten years of low mileage driving?

Two years ago I sold my 1997 Bentley Brooklands LWB which was an ex-Claridges Hotel car. It was full spec with picnic tables, lead crystal glassware and refrigerator, etc. My problem was that the running costs (which I don’t mind) were outstripping the valuation. In short, I was running a car with an eventual valuation of £6000 or less. My budget is up to £75,000 for a pristine example but which luxurious car do you recommend for 5-10 years of pleasure without looking dated and having a bit of value left for the kids? A two door, four seat convertible or coupe? The car will only be used on high days and holidays for approximately 4000 miles a year.

Asked on 27 April 2013 by MC, via email

Answered by Honest John
Given your brief, what I'd be inclined to do would be find a very good example of a slightly older car that has stopped depreciating. Maintenance will obviously be higher, but the value won’t go down by much and it might even appreciate. And the deep tyres will help give it decent ride quality. Something like a Rolls Royce Corniche convertible. A 1984 sells for about £20,000 - £30,000, depending on condition. A Mercedes CL600 twin-turbo would be nice. Goes like a Ferrari and rides like a limo. But the mechanical and electronic complexity and propensity to rust could make it a very expensive mistake.
Similar questions
In early 2013, I bought a new BMW 640d M Sport Gran Coupe. I part exchanged it two years later for a new BMW M4. That cost me £32,000 in depreciation. I'm now thinking of selling my M4 at the three year...
I am in the very enviable position of spending up to £90,000 on a car and want something very sporty like a Lamborghini Gallardo. Although I need to want and like a car, what would you suggest is good...
You are a fan of the 3.0d XF is it better than the 2.2ld? Assuming the list price of 3.0ld luxury is £36,950 but available on line for around £31,000. Stratstone are currently advertising an old style...

Compare classic car insurance quotes and buy online. A friendly service offering access to a range of policies and benefits.

Get a quote