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Wow cars for less than £20,000

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Hummer H2

Can you afford the kind of wow cars that make heads turn as they pass?

Even if you're not the attention-seeking type, that admiring stare you receive when driving along in a really head-turning, statement car can be addictive. However, these wow cars tend to come with an equally wow price tag...

Fortunately there are some fantastic dramatic looking cars that could be considered affordable. You don't need a lottery win to drive them but will receive the same admiring looks.

Wow cars you can afford

Infiniti Q37 GT Convertible

A 2010 model with less than 40,000 miles on the clock should be available at or below £14,000. It's a thirsty machine but pretty fast, designed by Nissan to take on BMW and Mercedes. It offers a certain amount of exclusivity and is really quite eye-catching.

Aston Martin DB7 3.2 Coupe

The classic head-turner, the Aston's throaty exhaust will catch the ears of those who haven't yet seen it coming. And when they do, jaws will drop. An automatic model from 1995 with less than 100,000 miles on the clock should, just about, give you change from £20,000.

Jaguar XJS 4.0

Released in the Seventies, the shark-profiled Jag retains bags of retro charm and still looks incredibly glamorous today. It's rather expensive to run but very collectible, so it could even appreciate in value and has appeared in a number of TV programmes. It's also a complete bargain, with a low mileage example from 1995 costing around £6,000.

Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Series 1

Any Roller attracts attention and curious stares. The Silver Shadow was the 'entry level' RR, designed to be driven rather than chauffeured around in. Freddie Mercury was a fan of this extrovert luxury barge, which should cost less than £10,000 for a mid Seventies model with less than 100,000 miles under its prestigious belt.

Mercedes-Benz SL350 Convertible

It's fast, beautiful and very reliable. Apple boss Steve Jobs was a fan and replaced his SL350 every six months. A clever folding hardtop and a semi-automatic seven speed transmission are part of its elegant make-up and a late 2000s model with no more than 50,000 miles on the clock should just squeeze in under the £20,000 budget.

TVR Cerbera 4.2 V8 Sports Coupe

Achingly cool and capable of reaching 60 mph within 3.9 seconds, the Cerbera isn't for the faint hearted. It's really most at home on the race track and you shouldn't even consider buying one if your driving skills aren't up to scratch. You're looking at about £12,000 for a late Nineties model with mileage of around 50,000.

Ford Thunderbird Convertible

In 2001 Ford went for the retro look with an update of its classic Thunderbird. It never made much impact upon the market, which is surprising because it looks really, really good and comes with the same engine as the Jaguar S-Type. You should be able to find an early, low mileage example for less than £15,000.


The Z4 was released in 2002 and has received huge praise and industry awards for its modern and elegant design. It's as rapid as it is glamorous, reaching 60mph in 4.8 seconds and comes with a practical folding hard top. You should be able to pick up something from 2010 with pretty low mileage for about £15,000.

Hummer H2

It's huge, thirsty and ponderous and was discontinued mostly because it's pretty impractical, certainly in the UK. It won't outrun terribly much but is capable enough off road and will attract a lot of attention on the road. Budget around £15,000 for something about ten years old with mileage of about 150,000.

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