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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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TVR 350i – 153mph

It might now be one of the dearer cars here, but with prices of good examples starting from as little as £5000, the Tasmin-derived 350i offers spectacular value by TVR standards. Previously Ford V6-engined, these wedge-shaped wonders were always good performers; but when TVR squeezed Rover’s 3.5-litre V8 under the bonnet in 1983, the transformation was impressive.

With 190bhp on tap and 0-60 in six seconds, the 350i was seriously quick, hitting 153mph flat out. No wonder it sold well through to the end of the ’80s, with more than a thousand built in total.


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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