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Future classics from the ’00s

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Jaguar is synonymous with beautiful automotive shapes and in 2006 the tradition continued in earnest with the second-generation Jaguar XK.

Styled by Ian Callum – the man responsible for the original Aston Martin Vanquish – the new XK brought Jaguar’s flagship model bang up-to-date and was praised for its stunning good looks.

It wasn’t a case of style over substance though; the XK used modern aluminium construction and a development of Jaguar’s 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine producing 294bhp with a paddle-shift automatic gearbox. The result was one of the best-driving Jaguars there had ever been – even more so when it gained more power in supercharged XKR form in mid-2006.

Prices for a very early example with a full service history and around 100,000 miles on the clock start at just £10,000; similarly aged and well looked-after convertible models start at £15,000 or so. We’d be inclined to spend a little more to secure a better example, or perhaps even an early XKR if your budget could stretch to £20,000 or so.


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