Five Future Classic Cars That Are Great Investments Right Now

Still stunned by the prices some of those classics fetched at the Pebble Beach Auctions? What if you could pick up a used car right now that may one day hold a similar value, or at least be worth a lot more than you pay for it right now? And an investment in a car is obviously far more interesting than boring old stocks and shares and one with the potential to offer a higher – maybe far higher – return. And if nothing else you’ll have a beautiful car to show off with. Here are just five potentially high value suggestions:

Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

The early 1600 series Duetto Spiders are truly fabulous cars in every way, from their ‘summer romantic’ looks to it’s delicate but nifty handling and excellent twin cam engine. They tend to be priced at around $20,000 – $25,000 right now (although we have seen them cheaper if you’re willing to put in a little work) but have the potential to be worth a great deal more in the future while also looking very pretty in or out of the garage.

BMW E46 M3 CSL

BMW E46 M3 CSL

This is a car that is already considered a ‘collectible’ as a mere 1,400 rolled off the line in a single model year – 2004 – and then were never produced again. The M3 is almost always a good bet and the E46 was certainly a very fine example of the class and the CSl was the very best of bunch. It is exceptionally lightweight and the paddle shift givers it a racing edge that is rather exhilarating. Finding a low mileage version of one of these babies might not be easy, but if you can you’ll be investing in pretty much a sure fire future classic.

BMW 3.0 CSL

BMW 3.0 CSL

Sticking with the Germans, this Seventies gem is another classic in the making well worth keeping an eye out for. Great looks, great engine and fabulous performance, along with quite the impressive motorsport track record all set it up for a bright future on the classics market. Once again it was produced in limited quantities – 1,200 at most – mainly because it comes from an era when motorcars were still sold on a walk in basis – but good condition models are out there for $50,000 or so and while that sounds like quite a bit they have the potential to be worth a great deal more not too long from now.

Porsche 996 Turbo

Porsche 996 Turbo

Yes, the Porsche 996 Turbo does suffer a little perhaps, reputation wise anyway, right now for the fact that it has very Boxter-esque front end styling but as a great example of a well engineered, does what its supposed to Porsche the 996 Turbo is currently highly underrated. And as the 930 and 993 Turbos continue to climb the value ladder into the stratospheric range a 996 would be a great investment to hedge your bets on right now.

Ferrari 365 GT 4 2+2

Ferrari 365 GT 4 2+2

We all know that Ferrari still dominates the high value classic car market – you only have to glance at the 2015 Pebble Beach Top to see that – and this four person may be one of the best ‘sleeper’ investments that can be made in a Ferrari right now.

It’s styling is something that some may raise a bit of an eyebrow at but it is a front-engined V12 from the classic Ferrari GT era and some huge sellers already carry that GT badge. You can also still pick up a decent model for less than $50,000 so if you wanted to get in on what may end up being quite the investment in Italian greatness then now’s the time to do it.

Spotted: The 2017 Ford GT

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So, you’re driving to work, minding your own business, as you do. All of a sudden out of the corner of your eye you spot a car that is rather eyeopening, a super vehicle of the future right alongside you in the present.

That is what apparently happened to You Tuber “Dr. Scandalous”. Slogging along he saw a very strange looking car coming up to pass him. He had the presence of mind to whip out the old camera phone – you can see the videos below – but didn’t really know what he had just encountered. Turning however to that font of all random knowledge Redditt he was quickly informed it was a test mule of the 2017 Ford GT.

And it was indeed. It does look a bit rough – of course – but the promise is certainly there. The real version is due in late 2016 as a 2017 model so there is still plenty of time to iron out the kinks and from what can be seen it already looks damned good..

Top 5 Most Bizarre Footballers’ ‘Super’ Cars

Footballers and snazzy cars go together like footballers and slightly vacuous glamour models. Making it into the big(ger) leagues these days basically requires that any footballer have at least one of each, and when it comes to the cars at least, they do tend to like multiples.

While there are the very obvious choices – like every car Cristiano Ronaldo owns, from his multiple Bugatti Veyrons to his numerous Audis and whatever Porsche he hasn’t crashed yet – some footballers take their hard earned (?) wages and put them into something rather more unique. Take a look at some of these beauties (although on second thoughts that may be the wrong word)

Stephen Ireland

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These days Stephen Ireland is a bald bloke playing in the Potteries for Stoke. But back when he had hair, and a contract with Manchester City, he treated himself to several very nice rides, the most memorable of which being this lovely black and pink Range Rover that certainly turned some heads (and possibly stomachs) as he pottered it around Manchester. And no, this car didn’t really belong to his missus, hers was white and red and monogrammed, but that’s another (nightmarish) story.

El Hadi Diouf

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Back when the Senegalese winger played for, well, we forget, as he played for half the teams in the league at some point or another, he was a man who tended to divide fan opinion. Some found him to be a lovable, cheeky rogue while others (almost everyone actually) thought he was a bit of a mindless jerk. And his Cadillac Escalade is possibly a bigger confirmation of the latter opinion than the former to say the least.

Mario Balotelli

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Poor old Mario. He means well, but he never quite gets things right (just ask Brendan Rodgers) That was never more obvious than when he was tooling around in this once lovely Bentley Continental GT. Apparently someone failed to tell him that camouflage is supposed to help you stand out less…

Mario didn’t hold onto the car for long though, as he ended up gifting it to teammate Urby Emanuel, who promptly stripped off the wrap and returned the car to its former pristine winter white colour. Which, according to ‘insiders’ Mario was actually a bit miffed about.

William Gallas

William Gallas

Footballers are notoriously vain. Most however do not turn their McLaren Mercedes SLR into what is basically one big mirror on wheels. However, that is the William Gallas way and he likes it even if no one else does.

The Entire Portsmouth Team

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Back when Portsmouth were in the Premier League and almost spending themselves into oblivion, the ‘punishment’ for the player who performed worst in training was to have to drive around town in a Reliant Robin. The players, while accepting their possible fate, decided that the old banger needed a bit of pimping and so they turned it into this somewhat bizarre creation.

In Pictures: Top 10 Bestsellers at the 2015 Pebble Beach Auctions

There were certainly plenty of cars up for grabs at the recent Gooding’s Pebble Beach auctions and the company – and the cars original owners – certainly made quite a pretty penny. In fact Gooding & Co. managed to smash a long standing company record by moving over $128 million in to die for classics over the course of the two day event. Of the 115 lots that sold, three brought over $10 million, and 26 more went for over a million. And yes, in a surprise only to those who live under a rock, the top seller was a Ferrari. An absolutely gorgeous one that raked in an eyeopening $17,600,000.

What was it and what else cost an awful lot when the gavel finally came down? Here are the Top 10 Bestsellers at the 2015 Pebble Beach Auctions. Which one of these beauties would you most want to give some garage space to?

RM Sotheby’s: 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, $17,600,000

1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Gooding & Co: 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider, $16,830,000

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Gooding & Co: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale, $16,500,000

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Speciale

RM Sotheby’s: 1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’, $13,750,000

1998 McLaren F1 ‘LM-Specification’

RM Sotheby’s: 1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight, $13,200,000

1953 Jaguar C-Type Works Lightweight

RM Sotheby’s: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, $13,200,000

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France

Gooding & Co: 1982 Porsche 956, $10,120,000

1982 Porsche 956

RM Sotheby’s: 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider, $8,500,000

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

RM Sotheby’s: 1950 Ferrari 275S/340, $7,970,000

 1950 Ferrari 275S/340

RM Sotheby’s: 2005 Ferrari Enzo, $6,050,000

2005 Ferrari Enzo

Celebrity Ride Spotlight: Deadmau5

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Obviously if you are a singer, actor, model or well, whatever the Kardashians are, and have tons of cash splashing some of it on a great ride makes sense. And while there are the obvious choices – the standard Lambos, the basic Ferraris etc – some car crazed stars have stepped it up a notch when it comes to satisfying their lust for luxurious, high performance vehicles. And perhaps no one has built a better collection of such cars than Deadmau5

Deadmau5 , the DJ/producer/asshole (we didn’t say that, his fellow DJ and friend Skrillex did. Nice pal to have) who is loved by some and hated by many more but who still rakes in millions a year, is the proud owner of a number of high performance rides including a McLaren P1, McLaren 650S, Ferrari, BAC Mono, Ferrari 458 and a couple of ‘daily drive’ Porsches. His most notorious car so far however was the Purrari, a Ferrari 458 Spider he had wrapped with a Nyan Cat theme.

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He successfully competed in the Gumball Rally with it in 2014 bringing both Tory Belleci from MythBusters and briefly, Lewis Hamilton for the ride:

After Gumball however, Ferrari USA complained about the Purrari bitterly (why?) and threatened legal action. Deadmau5 – whose real name is the far less groovy Joel Zimmerman- then sold it off to benefit cat shelters in his native Toronto (not such an asshole after all maybe) He has just replaced it with a Nyanborghini Purracan (Huracán) that he has been constantly trolling Ferrari with pictures of on social media (OK, still a bit of an asshole then)

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Speaking of possible copyright infringement Deadmau5 also films and hosts his own version of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee in which he allows various celebrities to ride in one of his many cars and enjoy the privilege of buying him a cup of coffee for his trouble. His guests have even included the rather controversial former Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford. He’s also been known to pull a shift or two as an Uber driver in his McLaren, something that is normally quite a shock for passengers. Well at least he gets some use out of his supercars and doesn’t just leave them sitting in the garage..

 

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Reiter Lamborghini LP600+ GT3 Race Car

Reiter Engineering is world renowned for their Lamborghini builds, more noticeably fully-functional race cars.  It’s not often that you’ll see a Lamborghini hitting the track (other than sanctioned Lamborghini races such as Blancpain’s Super Trofeo Series) so it’s refreshing to see one of Italy’s finest exotics tuned to race perfection.

Clearly there are plenty of exterior modifications on the Gallardo which includes a front splitter, hood and engine cover.  Performance comes from engine tuning, exhaust and modified gear ratios in the transmission.  Horsepower from the 5.2L V10 hits an impressive 592-hp and with the car weighing in at a scant 2,624-lbs it makes for an impressive package.

The LP600+ can be had for a little over $385,000 – not too shabby for a GT3 race car!

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MTM 560hp Boosted Audi R8

I have always been a fan of MTM tuning, and this one does not disappoint.  MTM started with a stock R8 and upgraded the car with a supercharger system pushing the number from 420hp stock to 560hp.  With a little bit of ecu tuning and a free flowing exhaust, this R8 is brought to life.

Souping-up one of Germany’s hottest sports cars is no easy feat. Just take a quick look of the number of tuners that have successfully added reliable power to the potent V-8 — and now V-10 —  engines in the Audi R8 and you’ll get the idea. One such notable tuner, MTM, from the northern town of Wettstetten, Germany, has done just that and recently released its latest Audi R8 program. As expected, like the rest of its lineup, it doesn’t disappoint — at least on paper.

The heart of the program is MTM’s substantial engine upgrade that boosts the 4.2L engine’s output to a breathtaking 560-hp — or around 140-hp more than stock — thanks to a bespoke supercharger (or compressor in Euro-speak) system. It also ups torque to 427 lb-ft from 317 lb-ft. A reprogrammed ECU, as well as free-flowing quad exhaust ensure smooth and throatier operation.

Not forgetting the small group of 5.2L V-10 powered R8 customers, MTM engineers devised a simple ECU program that bumps up the stock 520-hp (Euro form) to 560-hp. It too utilizes a less restrictive exhaust for more power and grunt.

Considering the run-of-the-mill (if it can even be called that) 520-hp R8 5.2 FSI Quattro runs to 60 mph in a manufacturer claimed 3.9 sec, MTM’s machines shouldn’t have any problem matching, or besting, that mark.

Since the usual MTM owner also wants his/her car to look as speedy as well, the tuner’s program includes a full aerodynamic package that is said to improve grip. A front lip splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser are all made from carbon fiber and are designed help keep the R8 glued to the tarmac. Matching the kit are revised carbon fiber side blades that direct cool passing air to the more powerful motor. Blacked-out 20-in. forged Bimoto forged alloys along with a Porsche GT3 bright green paintjob finish off the menacing look

Complementing the exterior further is a lowered stance via shorter sport springs. An optional Lift-up-System can raise both the front and rear overhangs by 40 mm (1.6-in.) should a pesky speed bump or steep driveway arise. Inside the tightly packed cabin, customers can opt for the same bright green livery to be implemented in stitching and carbon fiber appointments.

There was no word on pricing or availability, but don’t expect the expertly crafted parts from MTM to come cheap.