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Here Are the Cheapest, Formerly Great Used Luxury Cars For Sale on Autotrader

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author photo by Doug DeMuro May 2018

Depreciation is a bit of a miracle for car enthusiasts, as it gives us a chance to enjoy high-end vehicles we couldn't afford when they were new. These five cars are some of the best examples of that, as they were all icons in their day -- and in each case, prices have now fallen to affordable levels. Indeed, here are five formerly great used luxury cars that are now surprisingly cheap.

2001 Aston Martin DB7 Volante -- $18,500

The Aston Martin DB7 Volante was once the flagship model in the brand's lineup, despite sharing many parts with Ford models during the period when Aston Martin was owned by Ford. Over time, the DB7 has lost a lot of value -- and this one is offered by a private seller in Fullerton, California, with 87,500 miles for just $18,500.

1996 Bentley Turbo R -- $18,900

The Bentley Turbo R was the flagship Bentley model of its day -- sort of the Mulsanne of the 1990s. Like all used Bentley models, the Turbo R has lost value in time -- and now this one is offered with 105,800 miles by Maximum Auto Search in Denver for just $18,900. That's a pretty good deal to be able to tell your friends you have a turbocharged, ultra-luxury Bentley sedan.

1990 Jaguar XJS -- $5,750

The Jaguar XJS was the successor to the E-Type, and it was sold for ages -- from 1975 to 1996, with updates along the way. This 1990 XJS boasts a V12 engine and a heavily depreciated price: It's offered by a private seller in Lewisville, Texas -- in the Dallas area -- for just $5,750. Reliability certainly plays a role in this car's substantial depreciation, as these are notoriously problematic -- but still very cool, considering the low price for a V12.

1994 Lexus LS 400 -- $3,395

The original Lexus LS 400 marked the beginning of the Japanese luxury brands trying to take on the Europeans -- and this car was the vehicle that started it all. At the time, it was hailed for its styling, its attention to detail, and its level of luxury. Now, it's a used car, offered for sale by Land of Cars in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, near Oklahoma City, for just $3,395.

1994 Mercedes-Benz S500 -- $4,575

This Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most expensive cars ever developed, and it helped usher the S-Class into the modern era. Finished in black with a beige leather interior, this one is particularly gorgeous, and it likely brought great pride to the original owner. Now, you can buy it from Auto Haus in Yorktown, Virginia, near Virginia Beach, for just $4,575 -- a long way from where it was 25 years ago.

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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