There’s been a boom in classic car investment in Australia and internationally, over the past 20 years.
We spoke with David Snape, NRMA Insurance’s Veteran, Vintage and Classic Vehicle Consultant, about the top trending classic cars on the market right now.
“Porsche is leading the pack,” says David "with early 356s, the last of the air cooled 911s, mid-to-late turbo 911s and mid 80s 930s all showing great demand with values increasing in leaps and bounds.
Mid 80s Ferraris and E-Type V12 Jaguars are also commanding ‘frightening’ money.
Classic Mercedes Benz Roadsters and Nissan Skylines are also in big demand."
Here are David’s top classic car tips:
The Porsche 356 was first built in 1948 and remained in production until 1965, when it was replaced by the 911. A, B and C Series models and body styles include, the Coupe and Cabriolet and the Convertible D, Speedster and Roadster.
Built between 1975 and 1989 the Porsche 911/930 was the top-of-the-range 911 model for its entire production.
Car and Driver, an American motoring magazine, named them one of the "quickest cars of the 1970s".
The 1984 model was the fastest of the 930 Turbos with a 0-60 in 4.6s and top speed of 278 km/h and is in greatest demand.
The air cooled Porsche 911/993 was manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998. Its discontinuation saw the end of air cooled Porsches and the last of the hand built 911s.
With only 273 built, the Ferrari 288 GTO is one of the rarest classic supercars in the world. The Testarossa was Ferrari’s flagship during the decade and with under 10,000 Testarossas built it makes this supercar highly sought after.
The E Type Jaguar was manufactured between 1961 and 1975. The earlier the E-type, the more desirable and expensive it is.
Original right hand drive cars are rare with about 85% of cars produced for export to Europe and the US.
The two door super luxury Mercedes Benz 190 SL roadster, produced between May 1955 and February 1963, is a highly desired collectable classic.
Replacing the 190SL, the Mercedes Benz 280 SL Roadster - a two seat roadster/coupé was produced from 1963 through 1971 and is a long time favourite for classic car collectors around the world.
The Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R made a name for itself in history as a powerhouse that dominated the racing circuit.
A 2010 Guinness Book of Records event at UK’s Silverstone produced two world records: the most recorded Nissan Skylines at one meet at one time and the most Nissan Skylines on a track at the same time.
The quintessential Classic American Muscle Cars the Corvette C1, C2 and C3, produced by Chevrolet between 1953 and 1996, have a loyal following as one of the United States' most sought after and collectable classic sports cars.