8. Alfa Romeo Spider
When it entered the car market in 1966, the Alfa Romeo Spider was the Italian answer to the popular British roadsters. Eventually, it became so globally popular, it became the Alfa Romeo model with the longest production run. Initially, they called it the Duetto, building the Spider on Alfa’s 105 sedan/coupe base. They topped that off with a Pininfarina-designed body, all alloy twin cam engine, and rear-wheel drive.
During the late ’60s, Spider became popular thanks to the movie, The Graduate, in which Dustin Hoffman drove a red Alfa Romeo Spider. Alfa made over 124,000 of those elegant Spiders, selling most of them in the states. The final model year is 1994 and there were four generations of the model.
7. Fiat 124 Spider
Fiat presented the 124 Spider in 1966, selling it in America until 1985. Pininfarina designed the car while Fiat built it on the 124 Sedan platform. The mechanics were straightforward with a twin-cam engine, four-speed manual transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The early models got 90 HP from the 1.6-liter engine, while later versions got 2.0-liter engines with fuel injection and 102 HP.
Surprisingly, the 124 Spider was one of the more comfortable options. It featured a roomy cabin, big trunk, and good ride quality, so nice examples are highly-desirable. But don’t worry, Fiat built over 200,000 124 Spiders. And best of all, most of them are in America, so finding one won`t be hard. You can expect to pay around $15,000 for a near mint 124 Spider.
6. Jaguar XJ6
When they introduced the XJ6 in 1968, there was nothing similar to it on the market. The XJ6 was a low, sleek, and elegant sedan. They equipped it with powerful straight-six engines and even offered a 5.3-liter V12 for the most demanding customers. This was the first car that was the perfect blend of luxury with a sports appeal.
Also, its signature shape lasted all the way up to 2009 through eight different generations. In all of its iterations, the Jaguar XJ6 was always a popular luxury car in America. And that means there are plenty of those around. Some of the early models are quite affordable, so this could be the perfect starter classic if you are into legendary British motors.
5. Land Rover Defender
When they presented it in 1948, the Land Rover was a simple but effective off-road vehicle. And along with the Jeep Willys, it was the pioneer of the segment. They built it out of necessity as well as the need for a capable vehicle that could be used for both military and civilian purposes.
Soon, Land Rover started exporting these cars all over the world and millions of buyers found out how good it was. Today, the rise in price marks newfound respect for this model.
4. Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
Although it was inspired by the wild SVT Cobra Rs from the ’90s, they didn’t call the 2003 model “R” since it wasn’t a limited production. In fact, it was available to the buying public, rather than just racing drivers and private teams. The SVT took a standard 4.6-liter block and mounted different heads and a supercharger to produce 390 HP and 390 lb-ft of torque.
They named the engine the “Terminator” and the rumor was that it delivered more than the advertised 390 HP. To handle all that power and torque, Ford equipped the SVT Cobra with an independent rear suspension, which is a setup similar to the first Ford GT. Even though this is a 15-year-old Mustang, the prices are high and they will only get higher.
3. Jaguar XJS
Introduced in the mid-70s, the XJS was a big step for the company. Under the long hood, there was the well-known 3.6-liter six-cylinder. However, you could opt for a 5.3-liter V12 engine, which was a better choice if you wanted the full GT experience.
The XJS was an extremely popular choice, especially in America where Jaguar sold the majority of 115,000 cars they made. Due to its elegance, power, and speed, the XJS remained in production for an incredible 21 years. And, it is still a respectable car in every way. So, it is no surprise that prices are rising each year.
2. Mercedes 450 SLC
Debuting a year after the SL roadster, the SLC was a popular GT car that shared most of the engines, design, and interior with the SL. However, it provided much more comfort, better ride quality, and driving refinement. Despite the fact they offered it with smaller engines, for a more than solid performance, you want either the 450 SLC V8 producing 225 HP or the 500 SLC V8 with 245 HP.
They offered the SLC coupe for 10 years, from 1971 to 1981, producing over 62,000 of them. But those who can’t afford the SL models are turning to the SLC. And so the higher demand is making them more expensive.
1. Pontiac GTO
The first year for the modern GTO was 2004 and the car met universal praise from both buyers and the car press. The design wasn’t exactly new or aggressive, but the GTO had a muscle car form and street presence. Under the hood was an LS1 5.7-liter V8 producing 350 HP and enough performance to be one of the hottest American cars for the 2004 model year.
The target sales figure was 18,000 but Pontiac sold almost 14,000, which was a success. Even though they withdrew this model from the market by 2006, it was the last GTO And that is why the prices will probably go up soon. These cars are the 30 vehicles you should buy right now before the prices soar. So, if you want to start investing in collector’s cars, look for one of these classic beauties while they’re still affordable.