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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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Vauxhall Senator 3.0i 24V
2969cc, 204bhp, 150mph

The Vauxhall Senator hails from a time when company directors were happy with British-badged cars, and the police hunted down traffic violators with their cars wearing jam-sandwich livery. The 3.0-litre Senator was a popular sight in the UK, and had a lot going for it, including a commodious interior, keen handling and, in 24V form at least, rocket-ship performance. Values are already on the rise, as the thrashed and trashed ones disappear off the road, so it's a case of buy one now while you can...


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