The classic car is an investment that appeals to huge swathes of the motoring public. Properly cared for and insured, vehicles of this sort will hold their value remarkably well, even appreciating over time. Moreover, they hold an appeal that can’t be easily quantified in cash. When you care for a classic car, you’re looking after a small slice of motoring history.
Of course, certain slices of motoring history are more significant than others. Let’s take a look at some of the ones that appeal to the British public.
The E-Type arrived in 1961, and represented a huge departure from design convention. It was a bold new world, and something forward-thinking was required to beat off those post-war blues. That’s where Malcolm Sayer came in. His work in aeronautics allowed him to understand what was required to really push the envelope – both in terms of style and performance.
Rolls Royce Phantom
The Phantom is a motoring icon. First rolled out in the 1920s, it set a number of trends that others have since followed. Like any good investment, the availability is what drives up prices, here. Though there have been many versions of the Phantom over the years, the original was limited to just 3,500 units, and it’s the most valuable.
Porsche’s 911 was actually going to be titled the 901, but Peugeot owned the rights in France to the name, and thus the Porsche had to make the switch. The model has been refined regularly from the 60s to the 80s, with fuel injection, a longer wheelbase, and turbo being rolled in.
The Daytona isn’t actually the official name of this car – it technically goes by the far less catchy title of the 365 GTB/4. But a 1-2-3 finish at Daytona in 1967 ensured that the nickname stuck. The performance was legendary, and represents the peak of Ferrari’s craftsmanship at the time. Fans of the brand tend to look for the racing versions of this car, which combine lightweight bodies with outrageous engines.
Anyone who’s seen The Italian Job will appreciate the appeal of the iconic original Mini Cooper. The name passed into the ownership of BMW recently – and it got a great deal bigger in the process. The original, truly tiny, Mini, is what it’s all about. The design is timeless and the driving experience was fairly stellar for the time.