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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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Audi 200 quattro 20V
2226cc, 220bhp, 155mph

The high-tech Audi 200 quattro challenged the establishment as one of the world's fastest, most desirable saloons when lanched in the 1984. But it probably reached its best five years later, when the URquattro's 20-valve cylinder head was bolted on, freeing more power and torque. At the same time, a number of cosmetic changed beefed-up the styling, making it look less like its more vanilla cousin, the 100. Hard to find now, but a rewarding car to live with today.


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