Despite these handsome coupés being beautifully crafted, prodigiously fast and pretty reliable, plentiful supply has depressed their prices. You need only £25k for a car originally costing £110,000 – spectacular value. Early GTs are very capable but rather inert handlers, although this disappointment was consistently chipped away at as the car developed.
Younger is better, then, but obviously costs more. The mechanically similar four-door Flying Spur can be had for similar money. A 10-year-old GT with a relatively low 70,000 miles and a full service history can be had for less than £27,000.
BMW M6 V10 (2006)
Price £16,000; Power 500bhp; 0-62mph 4.6sec; Top speed 155mph
This is a lot of speedily sleek glamour for the cash. It’s mechanically identical to the M5 so the same cautions apply. We found a 71,000-mile M6 with a full BMW service history, refurbished alloy wheels and a relacquered carbonfibre roof for £16,000. This car also included new discs and pads and “excellent” tyres, so it should need nothing.
Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG (2008)
Price £27,995; Power 503bhp; 0-62mph 5.0 sec; Top speed 155mph
It won’t be as rewarding to drive as other 6.2 V8 AMGs, but a high-riding 4x4 that can vault to 62mph in 5.0sec is still a pretty compelling device, and it will certainly tow effortlessly. You can get them with a rear-seat entertainment system in case the kids aren’t rendered speechless by its battering-ram acceleration, with a fabulously malevolent soundtrack to match. It’s not very green, obviously, and not always trouble-free, either, but it has its appeal. A 47,000-miler can be had with a full history for this money.
Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG (2007)
Price £27,950; Power 518bhp; 0-62mph 4.6sec; Top speed 155mph
A real weapon of a coupé, luxurious and rich with technology that may or may not turn worrisome with age. Night-view assist, dynamic multi-contour heated and chilled seats and a TV tuner are equipment highlights. If you need something in which to stylishly scud across Europe, this is the car. The ultra-rare previous-generation CL63 is still more of a tempter, a recent example selling for less than £17,000. Back in the day, this was a Bentley GT beater.
Ferrari 612 Scaglietti (2005)
Price £47,995; Power 532bhp; 0-62mph 4.2sec; Top speed 199mph
A 39,000-miler that we found with full history and recent belt change is described as “pristine”. There’s probably more significant depreciation still to come and you’ll certainly notice the servicing bill on your bank statement, but you’ll forget that every time you drive the car because it blends semi-practical 2+2 and supercar brilliantly.
Jaguar XFR (2009)
Price £20,950; Power 503bhp; 0-60mph 4.7sec; Top speed 155mph
Although ageing, the Jaguar XFR is still rated highly by us for its superb handling, which is significantly enhanced by the standard-fit e-diff. It’s more comfortable than the BMW ‘E60’ M5, too. Reliability seems strong, although small issues with gear selector mechanisms, electric windows and rattling sunroofs affected early cars. Otherwise, these potent Jags make relatively untroubled used buys. You can get an XFR with 70,000 miles showing, a full service history and a spec that includes 440 watts’ worth of Bowers & Wilkins sound for just over £20,000.