Whether you visit a car auction this year or get the chance to join a classic car meet up in your area, you’ll quickly see that collectible cars never go out of style. Even with the recent economic downturn, auto enthusiasts are still finding ways to prioritize classic car purchases. They are leisurely searching online dealers and attending auction shows left and right to find their next victim. Will it be a vintage model this time? Or maybe a fun sports car to drive? In either case, most collectors are looking for a rare or timeless model that they can restore back to its former glory. Or a vehicle they can drive and hold on to for years on end. In this post, we’ll take a look at the latter half, the collectible cars that are worth holding on to and affordable in price.
What are the most collectible cars?
Before we begin, let’s start by saying that what makes a vehicle collectible is often objective. We don’t expect the vehicles on this list to be deemed the “most collectible” by every reader nor automotive expert. With that said, the cars that made our roster are definitely ones that are worth holding on to, especially with cost in mind. Because vehicles depreciate so quickly, a lot of collectible models retail for far more than their original entry-price. In reference to the cars mentioned below, that is not the case.
After all, not every addition to your car collection will make financial sense. And clearly, that’s quite alright for most auto collectors. When you lay eyes on your dream car, it’s hard not to pony up the cash. You’ll do anything to have that make or model sitting in your garage, even if you don’t plan on driving it much. But part of being a collector means you get to make choices that work for you. For those who are interested in driving or holding on to one of their collectibles for a long period of time, we recommend investing in the following vehicles:
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
There are few brands that execute exotic and luxury so timelessly. But Aston Martin surely has this formula down. Thanks to the popularity of James Bond films, Aston Martin gained quite a notoriety here in the U.S. Yet, there is one model in particular that collectors, even celebrity car collector David Beckham, has kept prized in their collection: the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Surprisingly to some, the V8 Vantage was once the more affordable Aston Martin of its kind. But that certainly doesn’t mean performance or luxury was sacrificed in the making of this iconic model. For starters, its design is flawless. It has a sleek body style with an athletic pose built for high-speed performance. Aside from feeling like James Bond, one of the greatest advantages of this collectors’ item is its cost.
These days, buyers can find a mint condition V8 Vantage for nearly half the cost of its MSRP at the time. Therefore, this vehicle is a great find for those who plan to drive, enjoy, and hold on to this well-known automobile for years.
Audi TT Quattro Coupe
Though the Audi TT might not be your classic collector model, it’s still a well-celebrated vehicle that is worth investing in. Perhaps if Audi or small coupes are more your style as well. Its rounded design, exceptional car technology, and all-wheel drive made it a fun and driver-focused ride. While some production years were better than others, this tiny yet impactful sports car is an affordable vehicle to invest in and keep nestled in your garage for as long as you desire.
Those who are into racing will appreciate the Honda S2000 for its Japanese build. With its VTEC engine, sweet gear shift, and natural roadster abilities, this model is still arguably one of the best sports cars ever made for the money. Sure, it doesn’t have the luxury of a Porsche 911, but like the Mazda MX-5, it gets the job done for a quarter of the price. Right now, its rapidly disappearing inventory is one of the main reasons auto enthusiasts should invest in this model this year. That said, be weary of common repair issues that have risen from specific production years.
Toyota Land Cruiser
Out of all the classic SUV models, the Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the originals. Known for its off-roading prowess and box-like design, the 1993-1997 Land Cruiser packed 212 horsepower and a six cylinder engine that made navigating adventures a breeze. While the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45LV is likely the most rare one you’ll find, one of the early 1990s models seems to be the best bang for your buck as an investor. Not to mention, this model has a great reputation for reliability. So, you won’t have to worry about it falling apart anytime soon.
What do you think of these collectible cars? Can you think of another collectible model that you would invest in and hold on to? Tell us your thoughts below!