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1992 Daimler Double Six Series 3

Final flourish The XJ12 Series 3 remained in production for over two decades, only finishing in late 1992. We revisit the very last example on its 30th anniversary

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 W201

A nut-and-bolt restoration of this 190E 2.3-16 has allowed Jaz Duley to rekindle his treasured memories of youth.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C43 W206

The brawn ultimatum. Yes, you can still get a rapid saloon. No, it won’t have a big-bore V6.

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2010 BMW 335i Manual E90

With prices of the E9x M3 spiralling into the stratosphere, the 335i could be a savvy way to scratch the itch. With practicality, classy understated styling and that peachy twin-turbo straight-six, is there anything not to like?

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2002 Lexus IS300 XE1

Our final contender is both significant and poignant. Not only is it our only Japanese offering in this test, but it’s also the model that reflects a change in buying habits that might well spell the death knell of the sports saloon altogether. The third and current generation of the Lexus IS300 will be its final iteration, because around 80 per cent of new drivers prefer the elevated driving position of the company’s SUVs.

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2007 Toyota Century V12

Built for Japan’s ultra-conservative ultra-wealthy, this demure limo hides a V12 torch under its bushel. Glen Waddington explores the exotic culture of the Toyota Century.

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1969 BMW 2500 Automatic E3

When Chris Goddard bought this 2500 it was in a sorry state but after a lengthy restoration it’s back on the road and better than ever.

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 V116

Unblemished in its entirety, this incredibly low-mileage, 1977 450SEL 6.9 is now part of a vast collection in the Netherlands. However, being one of its owner’s favourite cars means it’s no stranger to the open road.

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1978 Audi 100 GLS C2 Typ 43

Radical, yet refined and restrained, shockingly few examples of the ground-breaking second-generation Audi 100 survive. Did it deserve a better fate?

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Martin Haese 1967 Jaguar 420G Automatic

It cannot be said that Jaguar 420Gs are as rare as hens teeth, but they were never numerous and now good examples are even harder to find. But here we have a wonderful example, the personal choice of the ex-Lord Mayor of Adelaide.

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2023 DS 9 Rivoli + E-Tense 250 Automatic

With a larger 15.6kWh battery pack, the arrival of the more powerful DS 9 E-Tense 250 model to replace the current 225 allows the plug-in hybrid executive saloon to run in pure electric mode for up to 38 miles. The newcomer is powered by a four-cylinder, 1.6-litre 197bhp PureTech petrol engine, linked to a 109bhp electric motor and eight-speed automatic transmission

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1983 Daimler Sovereign Series 3 4.2 Manual

Any Jaguar XJ6 Series 3 with a manual gearbox is unusual, but more so when it’s a luxurious Daimler Sovereign. We track down a rare example and explain its significance

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1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina 2000 105 Series

In the Seventies, South Africa was one of Alfa Romeo’s most important markets outside of Italy. The Berlina 2000 was both successful in sales and on the racetrack

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1993 Bentley Turbo R

Lots of us enjoy and admire our cars, but Joschka Röben from near Hannover in Germany can say that a 1993 Bentley Turbo R changed his life. Here’s Joschka’s story.

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