Which exotic cars hold their value?

All parts of the car market are driven by the forces of supply and demand. But none more so than the exotic super and hyper-car markets. Ultimately the demand for even the most normal of exotic car will well outstrip supply and this can cause some huge price rises above the recommended retail prices(RRP). But it is the cars that are produced in small numbers that will hold their value the best.

To help you understand the market further we will use Porsche as an example. In the 2019 financial year, Porsche produced a total of 274,463 vehicles, representing an increase of roughly three per cent over the previous year. That was split between the various car types and models built across four factories. Out of that production a total of 53,719 sports cars were build including 37,585 911 units, 9,642 718 Boxster units and 12,750 units 718 Caymans.

Out of the 911 production Porsche produced a limited production model called the Speedster. The Speedster was limited to 1,948 units over a two year production cycle. In the UK these cars had a RRP of just over £200,000 plus options. But the demand was so high that the cars sold out almost immediately.

As the first cars were delivered speculators looked to cash in on the high demand selling as new delivery mileage examples for circa £300,000. Values have now dropped back significantly but the model is still selling for more than the initial RRP and should continue to appreciate over the coming years as the model becomes even more desirable. Meaning it holds it’s value much better than the standard production 911 which is forecast to loose around 50% of its value in the first five years. The speedster was one of a few limited production models produced that year and all of these models are seeing similar results.

The same is true when looking at models from manufactures such as; Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren. Where their standard models continue to deprecate over time as they become outdated and are replaced with new models and the supply begins to outweigh the demand. The low production models either hold their value of appreciate over time.

A selection of appreciating and depreciating exotic cars can be found below:

  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS (all models)
  • Porsche 911 GT2 RS (all models)
  • Porsche 911 GT3 (all models)
  • Porsche Speedster (2019)
  • Porsche 930 Turbo
  • Porsche 964 RS
  • Porsche Cayman GT4
  • Porsche Boxster Spider (987)
  • Pagani Zonda
  • Ferrari Enzo
  • McLaren P1
  • Ferrari F12 TDF
  • Koenigsegg Agera
  • Ferrari LaFerrari
  • Honda NSX (First generation)
  • Ferrari 458 Speciale
  • Ford GT (2005)
  • Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato

Depreciating

  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • Aston Martin Vantage
  • Porsche 911 (standard models)
  • Porsche Boxster (standard models)
  • Porsche Cayman (standard models)
  • Lamborghini (Standard Models)
  • McLaren (Standard Models)
  • Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
  • Lotus Evora
  • Rolls-Royce Ghost
  • Honda NSX (Current model)
  • Jaguar F-Type
  • Bentley Continental GT
  • Ferrari 458/488
  • Audi R8
  • Mercedes-AMG GT (All Standard Models)
  • BMW i8
  • Nissan GTR

Which exotic classic cars hold their value?

The same rules apply to the classic car market, with the ultra rare and limited production cars either appreciating or holding their value over time. The classic car market also has the advantage of being more mature by it’s very nature. So picking out cars that will hold their value or appreciate is much simpler.

The classic brands such as Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes, BMW, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar are among there obvious choices. But most classic with great pedigree and history will also hold their value.

Examples of these model are:

  • All early Ferrari’s
  • Lamborghini Miura
  • Lamborghini Countach (all early cars especially Periscopo models)
  • Lamborghini 350/400 GT
  • All early Lamborghinis
  • BMW 507
  • BMW M1
  • Austin-healey 3000
  • Jaguar E-Type (all models and series)
  • Jaguar D-Type
  • Jaguar XK (all Models)
  • ISO Griffo
  • Aston Martin (all classic models)
  • Lancia Aurelia
  • Alfa Romeo (all models)
  • Porsche 911 (all models)
  • Porsche 356 (all models)
  • Mercedes-Benz (all sports and convertible models)
  • Bugatti (all models)
  • Bentley (all models)
  • AC Cobra (all models)
  • All early muscle car
  • All early Zagato cars
  • Rolls-Royce (all models)

Which exotic modern classic cars hold their value?

So called modern classics from the 1980’s and 90’s are also holding their values well. The market is slightly newer and less well established than the market for older cars. But if you spend some time researching the resent buying trends picking out the cars that will hold their value over time isn’t to hard

Examples of these model are:

  • Ferrari F40
  • Ferrari F50
  • Ferrari 288 GTO
  • Ferrari Testarossa
  • Ferrari 328 (all models)
  • Ferrari 355 (all models)
  • Mercedes 190 Cosworth
  • Porsche 930/5
  • Porsche 928 (all models)
  • Porsche 911 (all models)
  • Porsche 959
  • Porsche 968 Club Sport
  • Porsche 944 Turbo
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato
  • Lancia Delta Intégrale (all models)
  • Lamborghini Countach (all models)
  • Lamborghini Diablo (all models)
  • De Tomaso Pantera (all models)
  • Vector W8
  • Lotus Esprit (all models)
  • Lotus Elise/Exige S1 (all models)
  • Ford Cosworth (all models)
  • Ford RS200
  • Lotus Elise/Exige S1
  • Dodge Viper
  • Alpine A110 (all Models)
  • Audi Quattro coupes
  • TVR (all models)
  • BMW M3 E30 (all models)
  • BMW M5

Conclusion

If you follow the rules of supply and demand the limited production cars that are in high demand but in short supply are should hold their value the best. This is true whether you are talking about modern, classic, modern classic or even vintage cars for that matter.

No car is guaranteed not to loss value but if you follow the supply and demand rule you shouldn’t go to far wrong.

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