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50 classic cars that could make you money

01_Classic_Values_DecemberThe Hagerty Classic Index charts the rise – and fall – of some of the UK’s most popular classics. We rank them – in reverse order – according to the percentage increase over the previous quarter.

50. Porsche 928 GTS: -1.0%

The Hagerty Classic Index showed an overall increase of 2.8% in December 2015, compared to the previous update in July 2015. The Porsche 928 GTS is the only car to record a percentage decrease, with an index price of £20,200, a drop of 1.0%.

49. Jaguar MkII 3.8: 0.0%

The 2.8% increase is almost a third of what it was in the previous three months, prompting Hagerty to ask why. One explanation is the autumn slow down, following a flurry of activity in the summer. At £26,500, prices of the Jaguar MkII have remained static.

48. Lotus Esprit Turbo SE: 0.1%

Hagerty goes on to claim the slower rate of growth could be down to the fact that fewer people are in the market for classics when the forecast is for rain and snow. That said, prices of the Lotus Esprit Turbo SE rose by 0.1%. But don’t get too excited, that’s an increase of £25.

=46. Morgan 4/4 Series V: 0.2%

According to Hagerty, there could be stronger forces at work here, with the company pointing to a ‘tipping point’ in the classic car world. Hagerty’s John Mayhead said: “the feeling was that the market was just getting a bit too silly.” A Morgan 4/4 Series V commands an index price of £21,825.

=46. Land Series Series 1: 0.2%

The curtain is about to close on production of the Land Rover Defender, so you might have expected some kind of knock-on effect in terms of classic values. It looks like the big jump took place earlier in the year, when prices of Series 1 Land Rovers shot up by 14.0%. They have since stabilised at an index price of £25,125.

45. MGB GT V8 (chrome bumper): 0.4%

The MGB is one of Britain’s most popular classic cars, making it a suitable candidate for the Hagerty Classic Index. The MGB GT V8 – with the chrome bumper – increased by 0.8% (£12,600 to £12,700).

44. Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato: 0.5%

Hagerty points to a summer during which cars have been offered for sale at prices that are well over, and sometimes double, that expected for immaculate examples. The reverse is true of the Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato, which – following a summer decrease – recorded a slight increase in December.

=42. Range Rover Classic 2-door: 0.6%

Hagerty goes on to reference “cars that are so totally overpriced that they get shared on Facebook.” We’ve all seen the posts in question: “Look what they’re asking for this Cossie/M3/Mondial!” No surprise to see a tiny increase in Range Rover values, especially given the SUV is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

=42. Citroen SM: 0.6%

This time last year, a first class Citroen SM was worth around £22,950, but today that price has increased to £26,975. The rate of growth has cooled, following a summer in which this part Citroen, part Maserati beauty was hot property.

=40. Volkswagen Type 2 Splitscreen: 0.7%

Volkswagen Campers continue to be in demand and although December only saw a marginal increase of 0.7%, the overall trend has been one of continued growth. A T1a Splitscreen Camper is worth an index price of £41,325. This time last year, the figure was close to £10,000 lower.

=40. Sunbeam Tiger I: 0.7%

There’s little doubt that we’re still in the midst of an era where certain classic cars are seen as cast-iron investments. But Hagerty points to true enthusiasts, who have “an instinctive feeling” for the true value of a particular car. They either can’t or won’t pay the inflated prices.

=38. Audi quattro RR: 0.8%

So what do they do? Hagerty claims they have two options: to “sit on their hands” and wait for the prices to correct themselves, or to look for a more reasonably-priced alternative. This autumn we have seen evidence of both. Although you’d struggle to find an affordable alternative to the Audi quattro. Audi Coupe, perhaps?

=38. MG Midget MKIII: 0.8%

Hagerty points to January’s Bonhams Scottsdale auction as a barometer for how the market will react in 2016. Will values stabilise or will we see similar increases to 2015? Time will tell. In the meantime, the MKIII MG Midget is currently valued at £6,425, making it one of the cheapest cars in the Classic Index.

=35. Morris Minor 1000: 0.9%

Prices of the evergreen Morris Minor have remained static over the course of the year. It makes for an ideal starter classic, with rear-wheel drive handling and a good supply of spare parts.

=35. Ferrari Testarossa: 0.9%

There are two Ferraris in the Hagerty Classic Index, starting with this – the iconic Testarossa. Prices have shot up in 2015, with a 10.4% rise in the summer, followed by a slower 0.9% increase in December. In January, Hagerty had the Testarossa down at £68,750. Today, that figure is £136,250. Wow.

=35. Citroen DS21 EFI Pallas: 0.9%

The iconic Citroen DS celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015, but that has had little impact on values. The Goddess still lags behind the SM.

=32. Aston Martin DBS Vantage: 1.0%

Similarly, there has been no sign of a surge in demand for the Aston Martin DBS Vantage. Perhaps people are waiting to get their hands on Bond’s Aston Martin DB10. They’ll have an awfully long wait.

=32. Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII: 1.0%

Over the course of the year, values of the Austin-Healey 3000 MKIII have risen by around £6,000, ending 2015 at £49,125.

=32. Fiat 500F: 1.0%

It has been a good year for the tiny Fiat 500F, with prices starting the year at £8,800 and ending at £10,250. One can only see an upward trend for Fiat’s cute city car.

31. BMW 3.0 CSL: 1.1%

Earlier this year, BMW paid homage to the 3.0 CSL at Pebble Beach. This may have had some effect on the values, with prices rising from £37,425 in January to £48,500 in July. By the end of the year, the figure had settled at just under £50,000.

30. Triumph Stag: 1.2%

During the summer, Triumph Stag values rose by a healthy 18.2%. Could this have something to do with its appearance on For the Love of Cars? Who knows, but prices appear to be on the up.

=28. Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1: 1.4%

By ending the year at £49,900 in the Hagerty Classic Index, values of the Austin-Healey 100-4 BN1 are remarkably close to the Austin-Healey 3000.

=28. Jensen Interceptor III: 1.4%

It has been another good year for the Jensen Interceptor, with the III finishing the year at £37,425.

27. Porsche 944 Turbo: 1.5%

For years, classic car and Porsche experts have been pointing to the 944 Turbo for its investment potential. Turns out the predictions were spot on, with the Porsche 944 Turbo starting the year at £11,900 and ending it at £13,750. The way things are going, it’ll soon catch up with the 928…

26. Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 (75-77): 1.8%

Speaking of classic Porsche cars, the 911 Turbo 3.0 finishes the year at £41,500. Given the surge in values of other 911s, that seems like a bargain.

25. Austin Mini Cooper 1275S: 1.9%

Mini car, maxi prices. During the summer, Cooper S prices rose by 11.0%. According to the Hagerty Classic Index, a mint Austin Mini Cooper S is worth £22,000.

=23. Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider: 2.1%

Values of the Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider have remained relatively static across the year. Today’s value: £21,675.

=23. Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6: 2.1%

Hagerty has opted for the 1.6-litre version of the Peugeot 205 GTI for its Classic Index and reckons it’s currently worth £6,100. Given the popularity of 80s hot hatches, we reckon prices will continue to rise.

22. Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV: 2.2%

The second Alfa Romeo in the Classic Index and once again we find relatively static prices. Do we prefer German and French classics to the arguably more beautiful Italians? Answers on a postcard.

21. Ford Capri 2.8i: 2.3%

Some of us remember the days when – such was the Capri’s poor image – you’d be hard pressed to find a buyer. Today, even the lowly 4-cylinder Capris are in high demand, while the 2.8i is worth £10,900.

20. Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC: 2.4%

The Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC ends the year at £8,400, an increase of £650 compared to the same time last year.

19. Mazda MX-5 1.6i: 2.6%

The launch of the fourth generation Mazda MX-5 has renewed interest in the ever-popular Mk1 version, with prices rising by 2.6% in December. Hagerty claims a mint 1.6-litre MX-5 is worth £3,950, which makes those sub-£1k cars you see in the classifieds something of a bargain.

18. Rover SD1 3500: 2.8%

Can’t afford a Ferrari Daytona, then how about the Rover SD1? It scooped the 1977 European Car of the Year award and – had it not been for the typical British Leyland issues – Rover could have had a world-beater on its hands. According to Hagerty, a mint 3500 is worth £4,575.

=16. Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk1): 3.0%

Goodness, the horse appears to have bolted on this one. The Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mk1) started the year at £8,850 and finished it at £10,300. Time to find a low mileage Mk2 Golf GTI and watch as the value goes up?

=16. Volkswagen Beetle 1200 (oval window): 3.0%

Also passing the £10,000 mark is the Volkswagen Beetle 1200 with the oval rear window. The People’s Car is becoming the Collector’s Car.

15. Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v: 3.2%

With a fantastic rallying pedigree, it’s no surprise to find the Lancia Delta HF Integrale in such high demand. Even the left-hand drive only factor can’t stop prices from edging closer to the £17,000 mark.

14. Aston Martin Lagonda S1: 3.5%

Not to be confused the wedge-shaped Lagonda Series 2, the Series 1 was based on the Aston Martin V8 (pictured). In the summer, prices shot up from £26,850 to £35,300. Values continued to rise in December, with the final figure settling at £36,550. There’s money in old Astons.

=12. Vauxhall Firenza ‘Droop Snoot’: 3.8%

The only Vauxhall to make the Hagerty Classic Index is also a very good one. The Firenza ‘Droop Snoot’ is a hairy-chested 70s classic with the distinct whiff of Brut. Hagerty has the value down at £8,250, an increase of 3.8% in December.

=12. BMW 2002 tii: 3.8%

Also rising 3.8% is the pretty and characterful BMW 2002 tii. If you can’t stretch to a BMW 2000 Turbo, the 2002 tii makes for a delightful and more cost-effective alternative.

11. Datsun 240Z: 4.0%

The Datsun 240Z is one of only two Japanese cars to feature in the Hagerty Classic Index, but it’s also one of Japan’s finest exports. Gone are the days when Datsun’s brilliant sports car could be picked up for a song. The 240Z finishes the year at £18,900.

10. Ford Sierra RS Cosworth: 5.1%

It’s a fast Ford. It wears the iconic RS badge. And it has a huge whaletail at the back. Prices are therefore only going in one direction and we don’t mean sideways. At the start of the year, values were just below £20,000. Today, the price has edged over the £22,000 mark.

9. Ford Escort Mexico: 5.2%

Another iconic fast Ford and once again we find prices heading north. After a 12.5% rise in the summer, the Escort Mexico followed up with a 5.2% increase in December. Today’s value: £22,250.

8. Volvo 1800S: 5.5%

It has been an epic year for the Volvo 1800S, with a 16.7% increase in the summer, followed by a 5.5% rise in December. The sexy Swede is in demand.

7. Ferrari 308 GTB: 6.5%

It’ll be interesting to see what happens to values of the Ferrari 308 GTB in 2016. At the start of the year, Hagerty had it down at a relatively affordable £49,300, but the December figure sits at £62,050. There’s no such thing as a cheap Ferrari.

6. Jaguar E-Type SIII: 7.5%

The Series 3 Jaguar E-Type may not be the the most desirable of the breed, but given the values of early cars, it’s no surprise to see a knock-on effect pushing up prices of the later models. Hagerty lists it at £66,775, compared to £51,125 in January.

5. Willys MB Jeep: 7.6%

We’re into the top five now, starting with the Willys MB Jeep. At the start of the year it was worth £16,300, with Hagerty now listing it at £23,350. Don’t venture too far off the beaten track if you want to preserve this rock-solid valuation.

4. Daimler SP250 Dart: 7.7%

According to Hagerty, values of the Daimler SP250 Dart have increased by £10,000 over the course of the year, settling at £44,275 in December.

3. DeLorean DMC-12: 8.3%

Great Scott, the DeLorean DMC-12 has been the star performer of 2015, with a 32.1% increase in the summer, followed by a 8.3% rise in December. That’s what renewed interest in a movie can do for you. The Back to the Future effect, Marty.

2. Fiat Dino 2400: 10.9%

Wow, if you own a Fiat Dino 2400, your boat has come in. According to Hagerty, the car was worth £59,925 in January. Today, that price has risen to £82,700, with a 13.4% increase in the summer and a 10.9% rise in December.

1. BMW M3 E30: 14.8%

Which leaves the BMW M3 E30 to take the top spot. Today, Hagerty reckons you’ll need to fork out £30,275 for an immaculate M3, which is all the more remarkable given they are all left-hand drive. Perhaps it’s time to hunt down a mint condition M3 E36?