On sale: 1985 - 1995Price range: £1,500 - £5,000
Here's a car that manages to be understated, classy and a great family wagon all at the same time. The W124-generation Mercedes E-Class is legendary for its tank-like build quality, with some German taxis amazingly racking up well in excess of a million miles.
Growing demand means that prices can only go one way. The Coupé and Convertible models are also worth a look if you’re after something more glamorous.