Tuesday 23 October 2018

I'm 63 years old and I would like to buy a sports car. What would you recommend?

 

Mercedes C-Class coupe
Mercedes C-Class coupe

Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'

I would like to buy a sports car. I am 63 and have taken early retirement. With the family grown up and gone, I wish to treat myself for once. It's just me but I play golf, so I need a decent boot. Current car is a VW Golf that's going to my eldest son.

Aidan: In addition to the 3-litre V6 model, Jaguar has introduced its F-Type with a 2-litre petrol engine with 300PS. This not only trims the price by more than €20,000, it also reduces annual motor tax to €570, making it far more fiscally prudent as two-seater coupes go.

However, boot space will just about accommodate a golf bag, so if you use a Powacaddy or Motocaddy you might need to look at something more practical like a Mercedes E-Class coupe or a BMW 4-Series.

Admittedly, they might not be considered sports cars in the strictest interpretation of the term, but I think that they strike a more usable balance for your needs.

There is also a broad variety of engines and power outputs across both fuel types.

Opt for an AMG Line E-Class or an M Sport 4-Series. If you can go even bigger (and pricier), the new Mercedes CLS is highly accomplished. I drove it in Barcelona and was impressed. It's a different animal to a conventional sports car, though.

You could opt for a used Porsche 911, but you need to buy a proper one and do your homework on model differences and maintenance. It can be a minefield.

A Porsche Cayman would be a better and less costly solution.

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