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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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Vauxhall Omega Elite V6 – 149mph

Launched in 1994 and running for nine years, the Omega was a big, rear-wheel drive model that proved popular with police forces but struggled against more upmarket brands when it came to company car users. And that was a shame, as it was always a decent drive – especially when the Elite 3.0i V6 finally came along.

In saloon guise, this 2962cc 24-valve six-cylinder Omega powered its way to a top speed of 149mph thanks to its mighty output of 210bhp at 6600rpm. Good going for a sombre-looking executive car that can now be picked up for £1500 in reasonable condition. 


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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