DESPITE what a great deal of people seem to think, it’s not that easy to look rich if you’re not.
You can’t really fake a Savile Row suit and a replica watch won’t stand up to much scrutiny. It’s not really on to pretend you have a yacht, a valet or a multi million pound house because the most even the most cursory enquiries will show otherwise.
A tan doesn’t really do it these day either as you can get one of those on the high street for a tenner.
Cars are one of the few opportunities left that really present themselves for looking like a million dollars when you’ve only got a couple of quid in your pocket.
Indeed, it never ceases to amaze us here at UsedCarExpert that your average buyer, cowed by high taxes, expensive fuel and crowded roads are happy to drive a rattly little econobox when they could be lording it up in a big Jag or Merc.
So here are our three best millionaires picks - proof that the canny buyer can achieve the motoring equivalent of dinner at the Ritz for the price of a sandwich from Tesco.
The S-Type’s Midsomer Murders styling didn’t really go down that well at the time and it was never fashionable. It’s aged rather well though and the car is splendidly appointed, nice to drive, very smooth and it looks expensive. It’s not though – it’s genuinely cheap.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A twelve year old car with 60,000 miles on the clock and a full service history can be had for £1,995.
The CLK still looks fresh despite having been launched in 2004. Some might say it looks rather more classy than the current car. The CLK is typically Mercedes refined and great to drive. Much, much cheaper than you think.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A really smart looking ten year old car with less than 50, 000 miles on the clock is available for £3,995.
BMW 7 Series
The undisputed master of the cheap luxury car is the BMW 7 Series. It really is remarkable what £8,000 buys you if you opt for the big German. Huge luxury and high speed combined in a body that has not dated at all.
UsedCarExpert.co.uk Cars for sale: A wonderful silver 745i with the huge 4.4 V8 engine and every extra you can imagine is going for £7,995. It’s a one owner car with under 70,000 on the clock.
Motors.co.uk value verdict: