Is there any better plus-sized luxury saloon than the Mercedes-Benz S-class? Of course not. The thing is, though, there can often be a superfluous number of doors.
Thank goodness then for the Mercedes-Benz CL-class, which you can enjoy driving without being mistaken for a private hire chauffeur.
Not that there is anything wrong with that, or the CL. I notice the S500 designation has come back and the big-engined continent-crushing coupé has never been better value or arguably, a riskier buy.
About £2000 gets you into a later 1990s example, or even an early 2000s car at a push. You might feel safer spending £3000, except you probably won’t be whether you bag a CL420 or CL500. As ever there is the usual ragbag collection of Category D insurance write offs and those with marginal, fast-fit centre histories.
You can take a risk and you might get a year out of it without that much drama. Fuel bills will be big and if there is any work required to the suspension, electronics or some bodywork to be finessed, then you will need a mortgage.
It is always worth reminding bargain-hunting used car buyers that the original purchase price is always the best indication of future running costs.