Luxury Cars – 10 Cheapest V12 Sports Cars On The Used Market
The engine is the beating heart that makes every sports car thrilling and cool enough to justify its price tag. A disappointing engine means that a car can be incredibly unsuccessful, whereas a fantastic engine can push the car into instant classic status. And for many decades now, sitting at the top of the hill in terms of refinement, performance, and exclusivity are V12 engines.
A V12 engine signifies power and high performance. The fast speeds associated with V12 cars make them desirable for many enthusiasts — as is true with eye-wateringly expensive cars like the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Yet, there are some amazing V12 cars that can be bought for cheap on the used market. Whether they were undesirable during their production time or if they haven’t yet begun to appreciate, these are the cheapest used V12 sports cars on the used market.
10 Jaguar XJ-S ($9,000)
Struggling to live up to its predecessor, the Jaguar XJ-S had nothing on the Jaguar E-Type when it was first launched in 1975. While the XJ-S came with high levels of refinement, it was a hard sell after the long success of the Jaguar E-Type. The V12 engine wasn’t much of a seller either, especially as it was unreliable and thirsty. What’s more is that people weren’t a fan of the harsh styling compared to the E-Type, which was much smoother and nicer looking.
Despite its shortcomings, the XJ-S has a loyal following as of recent. Buying an XJ-S is also a very cheap way of entering the V12 market, costing around $9,000, just be sure to check the engine and be prepared for some expensive repair costs.
9 BMW 850i ($24,500)
The BMW 850i was introduced in 1989 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The car looked good and the V12 engine certainly made it an interesting concept. The engine was good, producing just under 300 bhp. Later editions also included the BMW CSi which was even quicker. The 850i however, was a little disappointing as the car was actually quite heavy, weighing 4123 lbs, which affected its status as a true supercar.
As such, the 850i has depreciated in price quite considerably. For a car that used to cost $100,000+, costing around $24,500 for a 1992 model is incredibly cheap. While people are coming to enjoy the refined driving characteristics of the 850i, it is still an underrated car but it is worth buying if you can.
8 Bentley Continental GT ($25,300)
The first Bentley Continental GT launched in 2003 and was equipped with a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine. The engine was two V6 engines welded together in order to produce the W12. The engine was impressive and it produced 552 bhp. Also, the car was able to go 197.6 mph at top speed. As such, the car was a good seller, especially with the high build quality and classy looks.
However, the price of the Continental GT has fallen quite substantially in recent years. The car has become very expensive to run and with the additions of the GT Speed and recent GT W12, people have simply opted for these models over the old GT. As such, on average a 2004 Bentley Continental GT costs around $25,300, which is impressive considering the prestige of the car.
7 Mercedes SL600 ($21,300)
Launched in 1990, the SL600 is a sporty grand tourer, with the ‘SL’ standing for Sports Leicht (lightweight in English). The R129 model updated the old R107 with a new chassis and further refinement. Coming with updated suspension and a range-topping 6.0-liter V12 engine, the SL600 was excellent.
Despite its power and updates, the SL600 has depreciated considerably. Despite being so fantastically engineered, the car has reduced in price because it is so costly to fun and spares are insanely expensive. However, this is great news for those who want a cheap V12 car, with the 1994 models averaging at costing $21,300 on the used market.
6 Ferrari 456 GTA ($43,800)
The Ferrari 456 GTA was launched in 1993 and it was available in the US from 1995. The car came with a 5.5-liter V12 engine that produced 436 bhp and it could go 186 mph at top speed. Impressive to say the least, the car was also available with four seats. While they weren’t practical, they were an interesting option in a sports car like this. Considering its high price at launch, almost $300,000, the car was luxurious.
For such a good-looking car, alongside the stunning performance and somewhat practical elements of the car, we would expect a high price on the used market. While $43,800 is not the cheapest price on this list, it is cheap for a Ferrari. Thinking of the prestige of this car, its low price is fantastic and it is a definite bargain. Buyers should be quick though as prices are rising.
5 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage ($28,700)
1996 brought the introduction of the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage. Coming with a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produced 420 bhp, this was an improvement over the standard DB7s I-6 engine. Managing to reach a top speed of 186 mph, the car matched its luxury appeal with brutish performance. The car managed to raise the standard of Aston Martin cars and vehicles like the Vantage became fan favorites.
The DB7 Vantage may have some problems with reliability, but overall it is a generally good car that can often be found in good condition. The best models to buy are the ones in the ’90s, like the 1999 model which averages at $28,700 on the used market.
4 Mercedes-Benz CL600 ($17,400)
The CL600 (C126) of the Mercedes lineup was simply a two-door version of the Mercedes S-Class (W220). Coming with a shorter wheelbase – being 8 inches shorter to be precise – the car was just as luxurious and refined as the S-Class. Coming with the M137 V12 engine, producing 367 bhp made this an effortlessly quick grand tourer.
The car was never as iconic as the S-Class however, and this is one of the reasons for its depreciation. Averaging at costing around $17,400, this price is great considering the cool package that the CL600 comes with.
3 2006 Mercedes SL65 AMG ($35,800)
The Mercedes SL65 launched in 2004, and the AMG rework offered a high-performance version of the already fantastic SL range. The car kept its luxury appeal but came with a definite power boost to the 6.0-liter V12. Producing 604 bhp, the car was an instant win for those who love a powerful Mercedes that is still stylish and cool. Alongside this, the car offered good handling and despite its heavyweight, there is tremendous grip on the roads.
The car had the ability to compete with Porsche 911s and Corvettes, and it is one that reflects how good the AMG division of Mercedes is. Nowadays, buyers can get one of these for around $35,800. While the price is quite high compared to the rest of this list, the SL65 AMG is an outstanding car that can be bought relatively cheaply compared to its $100,000+ launch price.
2 BMW 850Ci ($24,300)
The BMW 850Ci was another addition to the BMW 8-Series lineup. The overlap between the BMW Ci and the BMW 850Ci is confusing, but the 850Ci brought a few updates in terms of power and performance. The V12 engine displacement was bored out to 5.4 liters from 5.0-liters and power output was increased to 322 bhp from 296 bhp. With general improvements, it is a surprise that the 850Ci is actually that little bit cheaper than the 850i.
The average price for a BMW 850Ci is $24,300. The car was more complex and as such electrical gremlins can often be found. Also, it is important to remain aware of neglect and the high repair cost associated with the 850Ci.
1 Mercedes S600 (W140) ($16,600)
The 1994 models of the Mercedes S600 came with a 6.0-liter V12 engine producing 389 bhp and was very refined and luxurious. Coming with great handling too, especially considering the large size of the car, the S600 comes with the full package in terms of a luxury sports sedan.
While it isn’t a true sports car like others on this list, it is a blisteringly quick sedan that doubles as a refined limo. The S600 was generally a brilliant car during its production life, and it still continues to be today. It is quite cheap, costing $16,600 on average, but buyers need to remember that running costs are high and repairs will be quite expensive nowadays too.
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