It was always going to be a challenge for Jaguar to replace their iconic E-Type, so when the XJS launched in the mid 70s, the eyes of the motoring world were firmly fixed on the British manufacturer.
Future Classic Cars
Classic cars are an investment like no other. In recent years, the values of certain cars have exploded. Fortunate owners have made enormous profits on particular makes and models, but others have seen lackluster returns.
Manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, and Lamborghini will always grab the headlines, but it’s not only at the top-end of the market that we see cars appreciating. There are plenty of affordably priced cars that are also seeing an increase.
But how do you identify the best cars to invest it?
We love keeping our eye on the classic car market here at The Car Investor. Here’s our take on the best affordable future classics to invest in.
As we enter a new decade, there’s still plenty of appetite for investment cars. It’s not only classic Ferraris and Porsches that we’ve seen rise in value over the last few years; there are loads of affordable future classic cars to invest in too.
In 1995 BMW were ready to jump back into the two seater sports car market, and launched the Z3; a successor to the disappointing Z1. This time around, all the ingredients were in place to make the latest Z car a mass-market success.
The good news is that there are still certain modern classic cars that you can buy, drive, enjoy, and potentially make a profit from when it’s time to sell. Here are some affordable future classic cars that we feel could appreciate in value this year.
Volvo has a reputation to uphold; sensible, safe and reliable. But back in the nineties there was a revelation in the making. The shrewd Swedes had spotted an opportunity to loosen their shackles, and decided a performance car was the way to go.
Back in the nineties, Honda was looking to rejuvenate its racing ancestry. 1990 saw the launch of their everyday supercar, the NSX, which had design input from the one and only Ayrton Senna, and featured their famed VTEC engine. It wouldn’t be too long before this racing pedigree started filtering down to the more affordable cars in the range, including the Civic.
As car investors and enthusiasts we’re all well aware of how prices of the original BMW M3, the E30, have surged in recent years. Rarity, pedigree, and nostalgia have all combined to dictate asking prices of £70k plus, which, when you look at it objectively, is absolutely absurd. But can we expect to see prices of later M3 models heading northwards as well?
Ever since the 1950s, lightweight, front-engined, rear wheel drive sports cars have been an extremely popular choice for the discerning motorist. UK manufacturers Lotus, MG and Triumph (amongst others) all used this formula successfully for a number of decades, and the public loved it. These cars sat low on the road, had punchy engines and great handling; it was everything people wanted from a sports car, but there was an issue, and it was a big one. Reliability. British cars unreliable? “Surely not!” I hear you cry. But unsurprisingly it’s true.
It’s been some time now since Swedish car company, Saab, declared bankruptcy, but they left behind a legacy of well-built, stylish cars that still excite many today. One of Saab’s most successful cars was the 900; their showcase model that was manufactured for 20 years.
For many, the recognisable silhouette of the Nissan Skyline GT-R will be a fond memory from their days playing Gran Turismo on the Playstation back in the late 90s and early 2000s. The road-going racing car was a favourite amongst gamers and car enthusiasts alike thanks to its incredible performance and imposing presence.
The 80s were an interesting time for Volkswagen; new joint ventures, acquisitions, and sales of the Golf and Polo were going well across Europe. Their flagship coupe, the second generation Scirocco, was also selling well, yet VW had something else up its sleeve. By 1988 it had added another coupe to its range; the quicker and more upmarket Corrado.
If you were to ask people what springs to mind when the name ‘Honda’ is mentioned, most would mumble something along the lines of ‘reliable’, ‘slow’ and perhaps a little… ‘bland’.
But every now and again the Japanese manufacturer comes up with something which totally dispels these preconceptions; the superb NSX, for example, or the much celebrated Civic Type R, to name a couple. In 1999 they launched what was to quickly become another of Honda’s illustrious masterpieces, the S2000.