Buy them before we do: second-hand picks for 14 August

Volkswagen Passat W8, £3990: We know it has a bigger motor than the others here, but we couldn’t resist it, because its W8 engine fits into the space where a V6 might sit. We’ll not see its like again, so we should enjoy examples like this full-service-history UK (not import) W8 while we can.

What we almost bought this week

Jaguar X-Type: Scoff all you want about this being a tarted-up Ford, but the fact is that the X-Type was and is a very good car – especially if you ignore the diesels, which often seem to spew out loads of black smoke under acceleration. This lovely 3.0 V6 manual has just had a new clutch and flywheel, has done only 58,000 miles and could be yours for £1490.

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Nissan Patrol 2.8 3dr: Blimey, £11,070 is an awful lot of money for a 1998 Nissan Patrol. Then again, if you want an equivalent Toyota Land Cruiser Amazon, you’ll need at least the same again for something with less than 100k miles, and this Patrol is barely out of its plastic wrapping, with only 30,000 on the clock. Finding any Patrol for sale is good going – especially a short-wheelbase three-door one – because most have been worked into the ground by the people who bought them new. This example is a real rarity since it has never been used for towing and has spent most of its life on Jersey, which explains the low mileage and high selling price.

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