6 MERCEDES-BENZ SL (R107)/JAGUAR XJ-S/XJS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

PRICE RANGE £6500-20,000/£2000-14,500

Both mod­els are grand tour­ers par ex­cel­lence, and iden­ti­cal num­bers were sold in last year’s sec­ond half. The Jaguar scores when it comes to soul, the Benz gets top marks when it comes to build qual­ity. The Jaguar trumps the Benz when it comes to en­gines, the Ed­ward Turner-de­signed V12 be­ing a true mas­ter­piece (the six cylin­der mod­els aren’t that far be­hind and are much more eco­nom­i­cal) while the SL’s en­gines do the job supremely well, but are down on ul­ti­mate re­fine­ment. XJS con­vert­ible val­ues have firmed up lately, and it’s the same with su­per-con­di­tion SLs, what­ever their en­gine size. As al­ways, avoid rust-rid­den cars. ONE THAT SOLD 1989 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL £13,230 (ACA)

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