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

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If you like to bathe your food in ranch dressing and all your trousers come from Levi’s, then you’ll love this good old American V8 pick-up truck. And we’re not messing around with some bog-standard F150 here: this is the Baja-ready Raptor version, complete with a 405bhp 6.2-litre V8.

Citroen CX GTI £13,440:

Classic wafty Citroëns are coming into their own now as people feel nostalgic for the quirky days of this legendary French company. This tidy CX has covered only 38,000 miles so commands a hefty premium over its contemporaries. It won’t be outrageously fast, but it will be comfy.

Auction watch: 

MERCEDES-BENZ SL55 AMG – Your choice is a little limited if you’re after a convertible with a V8 engine that costs around £15,000. There’s the Jaguar XKR, but at that price point most are first- generation cars. Then there’s the BMW 650i, but that’s more of a luxury four-seat grand tourer.

If you turn your attention to Mercedes, though, you could get an SL55 AMG, which has a superb 469bhp 5.5-litre supercharged V8. Mind you, these are complicated cars, so ensure all the electrical gadgets work. Also, check the roof for leaks. At £15,052, including the auction premium, it’s a lot of car for the money.

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