About Adam - The Car Investor
"You don’t have to be rich to get started in classic car investment."
My journey in the classic car world started when I was 26, combining my passion for driving with smart, accessible investment strategies, proving you don’t have to be rich to get started in classic car investment.
My garage currently includes the ’90s BMW 840 pictured above, a V10 engined BMW M5, along with an MG ZR 160 as my daily driver.
For me, it’s not all about making money. It’s about the overall ownership experience. As a result, the cars I buy are a celebration of two of my greatest passions: the joy of driving and the intelligent art of investment.
Why I Started The Car Investor
For many, the thought of buying, driving, maintaining, and ultimately enjoying a classic car is a pipe dream.
In my mid-twenties I found I was going the same way as a lot of car enthusiasts; working my way up the career ladder in a modest corporate job. It was OK, but I was far from having enough money in the bank to warrant buying the latest M car.
In my petrolhead fueled wisdom, I decided that wasn’t going to stop me.
I set about researching a number of modern classic cars that were affordable to me at the time, but also (and most importantly) ones I thought had the ingredients needed to increase in value in the near future.
I settled on the 8 Series, which I bought for £6,000.
Is It Really Possible To Drive a Car AND Make Money From It?
As a car enthusiast I wasn’t just buying the 8 Series to look at. I wanted to drive it.
And drive it I did. My 3,000 mile trip around Europe is testament to that, along with the various weekends away and classic car shows I’ve attended.
Within a few years the 8 Series was worth nearly 3x what I paid for it. Of course, there was routine maintenance along the way, but the appreciation more than offset those costs.
Feels like free motoring to me!
Of course, you’ve not really made money on a car until you’ve sold it on, and admittedly I have got somewhat attached to my 8.
So I’m keeping hold of it for now, safe in the knowledge that the market value will never be as low as what I paid for it.
Instead, I’ve repeated the process with other cars over the years, currently with three to choose from for my daily commute.
How Do I Know Which Cars To Buy?
As with any investment, there’s always a risk that your asset doesn’t perform as you’d hoped.
To help reduce the risk, I take into consideration a combination of the following when considering which car to buy:
- Monthly market data
- A series of desirability factors
- A healthy dose of experience
Not to mention my own personal driving preferences. I never buy a car simply for its investment potential, I have to enjoy driving it myself.
What Can I Do To Help You?
I’m not here to keep all this to myself. I started The Car Investor to share the love with you; fellow car enthusiasts.
I now send out a regular email to keep my subscribers at the cutting edge of market developments. Every email utilizes current market data to identify:
- Which cars are performing well
- Which cars are performing badly
- Which cars have the best potential
You can subscribe here and read previous updates if you haven’t already.
I’ve also now opened up access to the data I use to analyze the market every month, to help as many car enthusiasts as possible make informed decisions when buying.
And you can also follow me on social media, where I post about classic car market developments. There may also be one or two photos of my cars every now and again…
As a petrolhead with a passion for investible classics, I hope I can inspire you to own and drive the cars you love.
I hope you enjoy my content, and if you want to get in contact with me for any reason, you can use this form.
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