A fast, luxurious saloon doesn't have to cost the Earth. As these used examples show, you can be posh - and quick - on a budget.
If you want grace and pace in one package, look no further than the aluminium-bodied XJR.
For pace, the XJR has a 390bhp 4.2-litre supercharged V8, which is good enough to propel the relatively lightweight Jaguar from zero to 60mph in 5.4sec and on to a top speed of 155mph.
It’s graceful, too, and agile, with strong roadholding and entertaining handling. Despite some stiffening, it still rides like a Jaguar should.
So grace, pace - and space? Not quite. The wood-lined, leather-trimmed cabin is not the roomiest, but it still feels a special place to be.
Prices start at about £10k, with later facelifted models about £15k. Running one can be costly, though.
Here’s a four-door saloon with one of the most emotive badges in motoring history attached to a gorgeous Pininfarina-designed body.
The fifth-generation Quattroporte packs a 394bhp 4.2-litre V8 punch that takes it to 171mph and dispatches 0-62mph in 5.2sec. It has a lavishly leathered interior, tolerable rear seats and even a decent boot, but most of all it has style. There are some drawbacks, though. Avoid the automated manual gearbox and check that you can tolerate its fidgety ride.
The car is potentially temperamental and expensive, so insist on a full service history. Early cars start at £15k, but it’s worth spending more to get a later one.