Classic cars have represented one of the most robust investments that you can make for quite some time now, in 2002 you could snap up a legendary Lamborghini Muira for around £65,000, try to buy one now and you’re looking at anyway north of 1.25 million.
Great news if you had that kind of money and managed to get your hands on one back in 2002 but you don’t have to shell out tens of thousands to get an affordable classic which will not only be a great car for you right now but can also make you some money further down the line.
We’ve done the hard work for you and researched what to look out for in 2017, looking at the cars which are affordable now and only looking like increasing in value. There are a few surprises along the way but they’ll all be affordable, achievable and most importantly, repairable.
Jaguar’s started the year strong with an E-Type recently selling at auction for a whopping £6m but for something much much more affordable, the XJ-S has real potential. With its luxurious interior, sporty styling and plenty of boot room, it is not going to go unnoticed for much longer.
Of course, the biggest decision that you’ll have to make is which engine to go for. There is the V12 option but do not discount the straight 6, with its 5-speed manual gearbox you’ll get a much more hair-raising drive than with the quieter, more laid back v12 and with a more snarling, exciting exhaust note too.
Not to mention that you’ll also spend more time driving it than in the petrol station, values are already on the up, so it’s better to invest sooner rather than later.
Price Guide £1,500 – £6,000
2. Triumph Spitfire IV
The Spitfire IV was has been overshadowed by it’s predecessors in the values stakes recently, most notably the MkIII which it replaced and the Spitfire 1500 but this is what offers you a great value classic.
An underrated car that offers the driving pleasure you can expect from a Spitfire and look at its beautiful styling, the sharp assertive lines penned by Michelotti represented a move away from the soft curves of older models and we think it looks great.
Price Guide £2,000 – £5,000
3. Peugeot 205 GTi
Back in the heyday of the hot hatch Peugeot made the 205 GTi, which has been dubbed the best car Peugeot ever made and there were those who even ranked the 205 GTI above the Volkswagen Golf GTi when it launched.
A little bit more hard to come by than some of the other on the list but prices are already on the up, making it an ideal candidate for investment.
Price Guide £1,000 – £3,000
4. Saab 900 Turbo
The 900 Turbo is a truly usable 1980s icon and with aviation-grade build quality coupled with engines running to 200,000 miles, it’s no wonder why they have gained a small cult following.
Turbo charging production cars was very rare at the time and the 900 Turbo is a fine performer that is not only well made and stylish but will also give you turbo boost fix.
The T16 Aero model is most sought after, but any model will still offer you your fair share of fun and now it’s taken on classic status expect prices to continue going up too.
Price Guide £1,800 – £6,000
5. Audi TT
Here is a more surprising one and one of the more modern examples on the list, not quite a classic in its own right yet but one to look out for as it shows all the signs of a future classic.
Good condition original examples are now becoming quite rare but prices are low for high milers and the low mileage with service history models are holding their price well.
Its Bauhaus-inspired exterior is still as bold and eye-catching today as it was 20 years ago and that’s matched by a delightfully individual interior.
Early cars were powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine, but if you’re feeling like you need more grunt then there are even 3.2L V6 Quattro versions, just don’t expect the previous owners to have been too reserved with the throttle.
Price Guide £2,000 – £8,000
6. Rover 75
Perhaps the most surprising entry on our list but there is logic behind it, there is no doubt that the 75 will become a much loved classic and right now there is simply nothing like it for the money.
A car that was beautifully engineered right here in Britain and the fact that it is both well made and comfortable makes it one of the more usable classics on the market right now and with prices starting at around £500, it represents a real bargain.
A uniquely charming car that when you really get into it and look at the details, it makes a lot of sense and its no surprise it has such a loyal following.
Price Guide £500 – £5,000
7. Ford Capri
One of the more expensive cars on the list if you’re after a great example but if you’re prepared to give one a bit of much needed love and attention then you’ll see the rewards very quickly.
It’s no surprise that the price of Capri’s has nearly doubled over the past 2 years, it’s a fantastic car and now that it has shaken its dubious reputation values are increasing rapidly, buy one now before they spiral out of reach.
The Mk1 RS3100 or Mk3 280 versions will set you back big bucks now but opt for a 2.8i or a 4 pot and you’ll be able to find a much more affordable option.
Price Guide £2,000 – £10,000
8. Ford Puma
One day, we’ll look back at the time when a Ford Puma could be bought for a few hundred quid. That day might be a long way off, so this more of a longer term investment as there are some 29,000 Pumas on the roads of Britain.
Find a rust-free 1.7-litre Puma, ideally with the fantastic early ‘propellor’ alloy wheels, and revel in one of the greatest front-wheel-drive cars ever built.
Better still, stretch to the sublime Ford Racing Puma, because the prices won’t stay this side of £10,000 for very long.
Price Guide £500 – £2,000
9. Vauxhall Calibra
With tried and tested family car mechanicals coupled with rakish coupe bodywork, the Calibra is standing up to the test of time particularly well. The sleek styling has aged incredibly well and it’s still a remarkably aerodynamic car today.
You can pick up the 2.0L variant fairly easily but if you’re prepared to look a little bit harder you can get your hands on the meatier 2.5L turbocharged v6 engine.
There are a lot of modified Calibra’s out there but low values mean it’s worth taking some more time to pick up an unmolested example.
Price Guide £1,000 – £4,000
10. Porsche 924
The Porsche 924’s backstory is the stuff of legend. Originally designed to be a Volkswagen before the project was sold back to Porsche when VW’s new management changed their plans.
The 924 is powered by an engine sourced from Audi and has a host of parts from both Audi and VW but the 924’s stock has been rising for some time now. With numbers decreasing and interest increasing, it’s only a matter of time before values head even further north.
The pick of the bunch is the 2.5-litre-engined 924 S, which features a detuned version of the 944’s 163 bhp engine but expect prices to reflect that accordingly.
Price Guide £500 – £4,000
Be sure to check out our February classic car catalogue, it’s packed full of a fantastic selection of classic, prestige and performance cars for any taste and most importantly, any budget.