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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.
Whether to buy a new or used car is a decision that all drivers have to make sooner or later. Monthly finance payments and maintenance costs will have to be budgeted for, and accepting your car will depreciate is usually a given. But if you’re not going to be racking up the miles in your car, is there a way to avoid that depreciation, and perhaps even make a profit when you come to sell?
Of all the things that serious car investors consider when buying a classic, many would conclude that a fully documented history is one of the most important aspects. But just how vital is it, and what can you do if your car has some gaps in its paperwork?
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.