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Top 10: 150mph classics ‘on the cheap’

If you fancy a brand new car with a top speed of 150mph, you need to spend a significant sum these days, despite manufacturers’ best efforts at gaining maximum power from their latest engines. But on the modern-classic scene, things are a little different – with 150mph cars at your disposal from just £1000 upwards.

The UK’s motorway speed limit is still 70mph; but a car with a top speed of well over twice that figure brings effortless long-distance cruising, safe overtaking and an impressively upmarket driving experience. So which of these 150mph classics is likely to make your wallet itch?  

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Jaguar XK8 – 155mph

Launched in 1996 as a replacement for the classic XJS, the XK8 coupe and convertible were both handsome machines, with hints of E-type combined with oodles of style and sophistication. Under the bonnet sat a 290bhp 4.0-litre V8, boosted to a whopping 370bhp the following year when the supercharged XKR arrived.

Even the standard XK8 provides a top speed of 155mph; and with values of the XJS on the increase, it means its successor is among the best-value high-performance Jags. Amazingly, you can now buy an early XK8 Coupe in reasonable order for just £4000-5000.

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Fuzzy19650    on 12 June 2017

What a shame not to include the 256 hp Saab 9-5 Aero. I believe the saloons are good for 152 and the estates 150mph. My estate is certainly very happy and quiet at an indicated 135 on about 3/4 throttle. They're very comfortable have very reliable electrics, and properly serviced will absorb a lot of miles. (Ex) main dealer prices and parts are a fraction of those of all my friends BMWs.
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