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Old 12-23-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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Icon6 Classic cars that appreciate value?

After working on my 95 prelude for 4 years and investing lots of time and money, I now see that it was truly a waste! For my next project I would like to invest into a car that will appreciate with time after I restore it. I'm not one for american muscle, so i was wondering what types of older japanese/italian/german cars that are worth a lot in restored condition? Maybe this project car will receive a new powerplant but retain factory interior and exterior...


Datsun 280z?
MG's?
Porsche's?
BMW's?

any input is appreciated
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Buy one of the last brand new S2000 CR and don't drive it until 2060
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I have a feeling the E46 M3 will be on that list.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:35 PM   #7
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please re-read my thread



"so i was wondering what types of older japanese/italian/german cars that are worth a lot in restored condition?"
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-...3A1|240%3A1309

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There are very, very few cars that are good investments. Even the most famous names in car collecting make big mistakes in 2008.

A couple of cars that might be affordable and provide good return over the years (provided you are devoted and consistent, and refuse to let go of them ahead of schedule):

the original Porsche 912 of the 1966-1969 era and that weird 914-engined 1976 912E (this one's even rust proof);

Just about any V8 Studebaker.

I don't think there's any Honda I can think of that's going to be "classic" and a "good investment" at this stage of the game.

Honda-Tech has an OG Honda forum with some knowledgeable people in it. You might poke around in there for a few weeks to see what ideas you get.
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Looks like Tod's cars.
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After working on my 95 prelude for 4 years and investing lots of time and money, I now see that it was truly a waste! For my next project I would like to invest into a car that will appreciate with time after I restore it. I'm not one for american muscle, so i was wondering what types of older japanese/italian/german cars that are worth a lot in restored condition? Maybe this project car will receive a new powerplant but retain factory interior and exterior...


Datsun 280z?
MG's?
Porsche's?
BMW's?

any input is appreciated
the 280s aren't really appreciating. the early year 240 and first year 260 are.
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A couple of cars that might be affordable and provide good return over the years (provided you are devoted and consistent, and refuse to let go of them ahead of schedule):

the original Porsche 912 of the 1966-1969 era and that weird 914-engined 1976 912E (this one's even rust proof);
YAY! so happy to hear you say that, this is my '69 912:
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Though I would comment to stay away from the '76 912E. They don't get much respect, on the level of the 914 because of the VW powerplant and horrendous hp numbers.

If you're really looking for a car that will hold value or appreciate, I'd personally look into highly ORIGINAL (unrestored) vehicles with documented period racing history.

IMO though it's a losing proposition. pretty much the best you can ever hope for is to break even when it's time to sell the car - it has to be a labor of love. If you want to make money invest in something (oil is probably a pretty damn good buy right now) but if you want a car buy one you will enjoy and just be happy with it.
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Also, whatever you get keep it stock. Modifications of any (non-reversible) kind will most likely decrease the value of the car.

How much money are you looking to put into this project? Total and initial outlay?
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thats a nice porsche
Thanks, I took some of your advice when I buffed it a couple months ago and it looks even better now.

For the OP, if you're looking for something in the 20K range when completed check these out:
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Alfa Romeo Duetto
Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV
Triumph TR3 or TR4
Mini Cooper S
BMW 3.0CS
BMW 2002tii

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Italian, English, French and German cars seem to hold value the best.
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the 280s aren't really appreciating. the early year 240 and first year 260 are.
Ditto... We have a NICE 280z... but so many were built and they just arent the same car as a 240/early 260.
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Thanks, I took some of your advice when I buffed it a couple months ago and it looks even better now.

For the OP, if you're looking for something in the 20K range when completed check these out:
MGA 'vert
Alfa Romeo Duetto
Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV
Triumph TR3 or TR4
Mini Cooper S
BMW 3.0CS
BMW 2002tii

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Italian, English, French and German cars seem to hold value the best.
I am assuming its SS paint?
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I am assuming its SS paint?
It is fine sir. Used Megs products but now I'm wishing I sprung for the Menzerna you recommended. Next time around I guess...
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It is fine sir. Used Megs products but now I'm wishing I sprung for the Menzerna you recommended. Next time around I guess...
try some 106ff and a white pad, youll love it. spreads like butter!
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yeah and the car doesnt hook either ... too much power + too much gloss + too much dopeness + too much "done right" = Todd K.!!!
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As someone who has been into classic cars and bikes for a while I'd strongly suggest that you not venture into it with the idea of making money. It's not a realistic expectation. However, if your intention is to purchase a non expiring asset that will retain it's value over time as well as put a big smile on your face and those that are around you, then by all means go for it. If you select well it's unlikely that you can go wrong assuming a couple of conditions, first buy one that doesn't need so much restoration that you end up being upside down from the beginning, and second you need to be somewhat mechanically inclined, and willing to do much of the wrenching yourself. It really isn't hard and there are a lot of willing people out there who will be willing to help you along.

I am partial to English cars, and own a 64 E-Type. There are a lot of good points to Jags, and Brit cars in general. They have been collected for a long time, and as a result just about any part you need for them has been available as a repro for some time. They are super easy to work on, and there is a large community of owners to assist. Since most of them didn't enjoy the stratospheric increase in value that American Iron went through in the past few years, they are still a relative bargain.

There is really one and only one caveat emptor, rust. Get one that is solid and you'll be a happy camper. On the budget side there are MG's, and Triumphs. On the higher end Jags, and Healeys, but even the "high end" cars IMHO deliver more bang for the buck than many other collectable cars.
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