Your car says a lot about you—but wheels that flash cost lots of cash. Or do they?
Buy smart, and you can find some serious baller cars at a serious discount. Here are ten used cars
that we think are the bomb… at a price that won’t blow up your bank account.
10. Land Rover Range Rover
Drive through the Hollywood hills, and you’ll see Range Rover after Range Rover after Range Rover. This is the go-anywhere SUV that the “haves” simply have to have. Range Rovers can be troublesome as they age, so you’ll want to keep money set aside for repairs—but their reputation for being trouble-prone has driven prices into the basement.
You’ll find examples selling for one-quarter the cost of a new one, and high-mileage examples going for even less. Case in point: This twelve-year-old one-owner Range Rover HSE, with just under 100,000 miles on it. Asking price is $12,970—a mere 15% of the price of a new Range Rover.
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9. Chrysler 300C SRT8
The 300 as we know it made its debut in 2005, with a bold new design that quickly made it the car in which to be seen. Chrysler has restyled the 300 a few times since the first generation, but they have yet to duplicate the hardcore look of the original 2005-2007 cars.
V8-powered 300C models are easy to find under fifteen grand, but if you really want to do things right, go for the SRT8 version, which comes with the 425 hp 6.1 liter HEMI V8. We found this 2006 model being sold by a dealer in Louisiana. The car has a small rock chip in the windshield, but it’s also a two-owner car with less than 60,000 miles on it—and an asking price of $15,495.
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8. Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Nothing says you are living large like a Roller in the driveway.
A late-model Rolls will set you back a good quarter mil at least, but if you buy used, there are serious deals to be had. We say skip the last thirty years and go back to the classic round-headlight Rolls, the Silver Shadow.
We found some real buys, including a 1977 Silver Shadow II with 89,000 well-cared-for miles. It needs a little interior work, but with a price tag under $10k, we can deal with that. But there’s a real bargain in Arizona: A West Coast-sourced 1969 Silver Shadow that spent 18 years parked on jackstands with bids opening at just $5,000.
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7. Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Prior to 1977, the year they downsized their big cars, a Cadillac was an integral part of the American success story. Nothing said “I’ve arrived” like a DeVille in the driveway. Though they were disdained in their day as oversize gas guzzlers, today they represent the last great era for Cadillac.
The good news is that there are plenty of these classic American land yachts to be had—and relatively cheap. Our favorite DeVilles are the 1971-1976 models, like this beautiful red ’76 with a 500 cubic inch V8 and a white landau top. The car hadn’t yet met its reserve, but when we checked it out, bidding was at a ridiculously low $3,050.
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6. Porsche 911 (996)
The Porsche 911 is a legend, and with good reason: It offers a unique blend of luxury and excitement, the latter courtesy of its powerful engines and tail-happy handling.
The 1999-2004 series cars, known collectively as the 996, represent the first real modernization of the 911, with a new, more stable chassis and water-cooled engines. These cars are all over eBay for $30,000 or less. We found this ’99 automatic-transmission-equipped convertible at a dealership in Illinois. It has a reasonable 66,000 miles on the clock, and the asking price is an in-joke for Porsche fans: $18,996.
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5. Lincoln Blackwood
It seemed like a good idea at the time: A luxury pickup truck from Lincoln, complete with a black-wood bed with aluminum pinstripes.
It may not have sold well, but it sure is cool—and since Lincoln only made the Blackwood for two years, it’s also rare. Pictured here is a 2002 example, freshly repainted with 42,000 miles on the clock. The reserve has not yet been met, but if it sells for the right price, this is a truck that stands out like no other.
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4. BMW M5
The M5 is one of the finest sport sedans ever produced, and a new one will set you back by nearly a hundred grand—and that’s before options.
Once again, however, buying a used car is your friend: You’ll find dozens of M5s for less than a third of that price, like this 2007 V10-powered example with 78,000 miles on the clock. It was a thrilling car then and it’s a thrilling car now. The dealer is asking $25,000, and he’s open to offers.
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3. Mercedes-Benz S550
The S-Class is Mercedes’ biggest and best, and they don’t change it very often—in fact, the previous-generation W221 cars were in production for about eight years. That means you can find an S-Class like the 2007 S550 shown here—which has 4Matic all-wheel-drive and 78,000 miles on the odometer—and as far as the world can tell, you’re driving a three-year-old car. This one has an asking price of $31,900, less than a third of what you’d pay for a new one.
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2. 1957 Plymouth Belvedere
The ’57 Chevy may be seen as the quintessential car of the 1950s, but in truth that car was a three-year-old design with tacked on fins. Back in ’57, the cars to have came from Chrysler: Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler, Imperial and Plymouth. These cars were all-new—longer, lower, and wider than the Chevy, with massive tailfins reaching for the skies. “Suddenly it’s 1960!” screamed the Plymouth ads, and these cars really were the future. We found this lovely Plymouth two-door; it’s not yet a showpiece, but it runs and drives, and it’s on auction with a buy-it-now price of $24,995.
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1. Audi A8
For some reason, Audi’s flagship sedan has always lived in the shadow of the Mercedes S-Class and the BMW 7-series—but any car critic worth his or her salt will tell you that the A8 is every bit as good, if not better.
With its all-aluminum body and all-wheel-drive, the A8s are brilliant to drive and sure-footed in snow and rain. V8 versions are plenty quick, but if you really want to do it right—and if you have a decent budget for repairs—look for the 12-cylinder cars with Audi’s wild 48-valve W12 engine, which packs four banks of cylinders into a compact and powerful package. We found this long-wheelbase 2006 A8 L W12 in Pittsburgh, PA. It has 52,000 miles on the clock and a buy-it-now price of $24,900
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