Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Grand Touring That You Can Afford; Right Car Right Price

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Grand Touring That You Can Afford; Right Car Right Price

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Byline: By MATT TUMBRIDGE

ONE of the perks of Lewis Hamilton's job as an F1 driver is access to some of the world's best road cars for free. If you don't have that particular perk included in your day job, bad luck. But it doesn't mean you can only drive bog-standard hatchbacks.

In the late 90s, the premium German brands brought out some excellent coupes that tend to have been well loved by their owners. So these high mileage Mercedes and BMWs are affordable and still have lots of life. Here are three to think about that are less than pounds 8,500.

Mercedes CLK Coupe Cabriolet (1997-present)

A large, comfortable and stylish coupe that is over priced on the used market. The pre-2002 model is becoming more affordable but the other two look just as good and drive just as well for less money. Most economical: 200K - 29mpg Best used buy: Pre '02 230K 2.3 Sport

UsedCarExpert.com buyers checks: 7

Price: A 1998 230 Sport with 90,000 miles should be around pounds 8,510 in the classifieds. …

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