As we all know, expensive cars are still one of the most visible and noticeable social status symbols. Nothing says, “I have made it” more than arriving in an over-priced automobile. An expensive car is one of the ultimate expressions of wealth and class, and that is precisely why many rich people tend to spend their money on a lavish set of wheels. However, what about the rest of us? What should you do if you desperately want an expensive-looking car, but you can only afford an ordinary family hatchback? Well, we’ve got you covered, here are six inexpensive second-hand cars, which will make you look rich.

Mercedes S600

In 1999, Mercedes introduced its fourth generation S-Class sedan, and in 2001, it’s even higher class V12-powered S600 version. The S600 was probably the best luxury car of its era with a long list of standard features, stately appearance, uncompromised comfort, and stellar performance. When it was new, this elegant German luxury beast cost over £140,000. You will be surprised to hear that you can now pick one up today for as little as £5000! Depreciation has hit the S600 hard, and there is a reason for that. Running costs and maintenance are very expensive. However, if you value appearance more than anything, you will be glad to know that you can have the same car as the German Chancellor for the price of a used Ford Focus.

Audi S8

If the Mercedes is a somewhat obvious choice and you prefer something a little more restrained with understated luxury, then the first-generation Audi S8, is the perfect car for you. For those who don’t know, the S8 is the performance version of the A8 luxury sedan. Introduced in 1996 with a 4.2-liter V8 engine, all-wheel drive, and all-aluminum body, the S8 was not only powerful but pretty agile and fast. Even though these super-sedans from Ingolstadt were immensely expensive when new, you can find one today for as little as £3,500 – a real bargain!

Aston Martin Vantage

Although a used Aston Martin Vantage costs around the same price as a new average family SUV, people will immediately think you are super rich, simply because of the brand power of Aston Martin. The brand is inextricably linked to wealth and class. The Vantage was first introduced in 2005, and even then, was considered to be an affordable, entry level model for those wanting to join the world of exceptional British engineering. Production unfortunately stopped in 2017. You can now pick up one of the early models for as little as £25,000. Although cheap for an Aston, this doesn’t mean that this Aston is slow or boring to drive. With a 4.3-liter V8 and 380 HP on tap, the Vantage is capable of catching some newer and more expensive cars on the ring.

Bentley Arnage

When the Arnage was introduced in 1998, it represented the last incarnation of classic Bentley styling and engineering. Depending on the options and special’s requested, the Arnage could set you back almost £200,000, which is almost £345,000 in today’s money. For this reason, it is fascinating to discover that in 2023, you can pick up a perfectly maintained Arnage for around £20,000 and look like a member of the royal family while driving it. The Arnage’s unmistakable appearance, hand-built body, and bespoke interior look incredibly posh, more so in fact than the Continental GT or Flying Spur models. Yes, the maintenance costs are high, and you will need a big garage for it, but the Arnage is well worth the trouble, and it will make you feel a million bucks.

Maserati Quattroporte

Let`s say you are tired of German luxury sedans, Bentley is too “old” for your taste and Jaguar is just too plain. You want something with four doors, a high-revving sports car engine, and an undeniably luxury appearance. Your first choice would be a four-door Ferrari, but unfortunately, Ferrari never produced a sedan. With just £10,000 in your pocket, what should you do?

Simply put, buy a 2003 to 2012 Maserati Quattroporte!

With the choice of a 4.2l or 4.7l Ferrari-designed V8 engine, spacious and luxurious cabin, and sedan form, the Quattroporte is genuine exotic Italian design disguised as a premium sedan. Although very expensive when new, and a little costly to maintain, the Quattroporte will make you stand out in the crowd against much more modern and more expensive cars.

Porsche Panamera

If the 911 is too normal and the Cayenne is too opulent and common, what is the best choice for a certified Porsche fan on a budget? Yes, you are right, the Porsche Panamera. Although not the best-looking Porsche ever built, the Panamera offers the performance of a 911 with the comfort of a Cayenne all inside a more elegant shape. Filled with luxury items and upscale options, the Panamera was expensive when new, but today, you can find base models for just £15,000. Even though the 3.6-liter V6 engine is not the most powerful, for a just few pounds more, you can find a V8 example that will provide you with real sports car grunt.