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Top 10: 1990s bargains that are on their way to modern classic status

There’s no doubt about it, cars from the 1990s make great buys. Not only do you get all the mod cons you’re used to (air conditioning, power steering, fuel injection) they’re also great to drive. Yep, this decade saw some of the best built and excellently engineered motors to hit the road.

And the best thing? Today, they’re available for peanuts. Just £1500 will snare you anything off this list in one form or another. Obviously, the faster you want to go – then the more you’ll need to have the dough. True, this generation can be complicated beasts with some unique and challenging electrical issues, but at this price you won’t lose out.

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Jaguar XJ (X308)

While it might have looked exactly like the outgoing version (and in many ways it was), the new for 1997 XJ was all about the new V8 engine. The fun one was the supercharged 4.0-litre V8 but N/A 4.0- and 3.2-litres were also available. Huge luxobarges like this are great value – expensive when new, loaded with kit, and now as cheap as chips. Ok, so they’re not for the feint-hearted and you’ll need a bit of luck to avoid a money pit, but they’re still a great car to waft about it.

Read our Jaguar XJ (X308) review

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