Clash of the classifieds
Brief: I would like style and lots of rear leg room for £10,000, please.
Alpina B10, £8500
Daimler XJ Super LWB, £6900
Felix Page: I’m reluctant to show James this, because I’d like to nab it for myself. Alpina has plied its trade for more than half a century, subtly modifying BMW’s finest with the aim of making them finer, and this 1997 E39-generation B10, I’m sure you will agree, is the perfect embodiment of that. The previous owners certainly thought so, because that well-cared-for 4.6-litre petrol V8 has covered 156,000 miles. And acres of space in the front and back make it a brilliant ’bahn stormer.
Max Adams: I think there’s an excessive use of hyperbole in that last line, because your E39 comes up a little short in the rear leg room department. My 2001 Daimler has this in abundance, since it’s the long-wheelbase model. And it gets the same supercharged 4.0-litre V8 as the Jaguar XJR, since it’s a Super, which means a stout 370bhp – 30bhp more than the B10.