Ten cool cars for under £10,000

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Jaguar XJ X350 - 10 cool cars for under £10,000 (The Car Expert)

You can pick up a late 2000s Jaguar XJ, which would have been about £60K a few years ago, for under £10K today. So if you’d like to look like the Prime Minister when you turn up to a meeting, here’s your car.

The 2004-2009 models (called the X350 and X351, if you’re interested) featured an advanced aluminium body, which kept weight down and makes it impervious to the rust which afflicts older Jaguars.

These cars were heavily criticised when new for looking little different to the previous models and appearing dated compared to the latest rivals from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, but today that’s less of an issue since they’re not new anymore anyway.

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Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

8 Comments

  1. Hi Stuart – must say I’ve always fancied a Jag or a Bentley. Not so sure about the inclusion of the Fiat, but then taste is a personal thing after all! I’d have put a Volvo in there, but then that’s my peculiarity. Why does the crossfire come with different size rims front and back I wonder?

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    • stuart

      It’s not unusual for cars to come with different size wheels front to rear – although often it’s more an issue of width rather than height. Larger-diameter rear wheels is more common in American cars than European cars, so maybe it’s a bit of hot rod heritage.

  2. Your article was good but pictures break up the text and make readers more inclined to read your article !

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    • stuart

      Yes, sorry about that. I changed my WordPress theme and the images all disappeared. But they are back now – thanks for the heads up!

  3. What about the Vauxhall VX220/Opel Speedster? You can easily get a good one for less than £10K and better than plenty of these.

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    • stuart

      Hi applefan. An absolutely excellent suggestion, and very nearly made the list. Only missed out because it’s really a bit too extreme for most people’s tastes. Perfect as a second or weekend car though.

  4. how cool is this

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  5. Bit late in the day to do a post I suppose, but the engine of the Maserati 3200 was neither built nor designed by Ferrari. It was built & designed by Maserati at their Modena factory. The Author is thinking of the F136 engine used in the Maserati 4200, but even then, this was a joint venture engine, designed by Maserati & Ferrari & built by Ferrari.

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