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Top 10: Classic super-saloons for under £5000

With the cost of petrol running at an all-time high, the thought of buying a gas-guzzling large-engined saloon might seem a little bit on the silly side - but for those who have the luxury of running one as a second car, or as a low-mileage, cherished classic, there has never been a better time to buy.

We've come up with ten 200bhp-plus saloons that should offer considerable joy for those who like effortless power, a suerb ride and masses of presence. As a Sunday luxury, any of these 1980s and '90s plutocrat-mobiles will make you feel like a government minister on a whistle-stop tour, or a company chairman hurrying to an extraordinary board meeting.

And now, they're all in the reach of anyone with a modest-sized ISA to cash-in...

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Mercedes-Benz 600SEL
5987cc, 389bhp, 155mph

The Mercedes-Benz 600SEL was Germany's flagship car when launched in 1991. Its new V12 engine was a major departure for the company that offered fours, fives, sixes and eights - but it was an effective resonse to BMW's 1987 295bhp V12 that debuted in the 750i. The 600SEL was a true heavy-hitter back then, and had every conceivable item of tech that Mercedes-Benz could throw at it, including double-glazing, self-closing doors... and the kitchen sink. Right now, they're affordable, and due to come into fashion any day now - hopefully.


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