Investing in vehicles is a concept that more and more people can understand in the true sense. Some may find this kind of investment too risky and extravagant, but armed with accurate information about cars can provide decent returns in a relatively short space of time.
The experts of the carVertical car history analyzed the used car market. They prepared a list of 10 models you should not sell due to the significant future value increase.
The cars in the ranking have signaled few flaws and, to top it all, they are not among the most people’s preferences when it comes to second-hand cars. Each car in this top has a secret weapon that gives it the status of a valuable car.
Table of Contents
- 1. Alfa Romeo GTV (1993 – 2004)
- 2. Audi V8 (1988 – 1993)
- 3. BMW 540i (1992 – 1996)
- 4. Jaguar XK8 (1996 – 2006)
- 5. Land Rover Defender (Series I, Series II)
- 6. Mercedes-Benz E300, E320, E420 (1992 – 1996)
- 7. Saab 9000 CS Aero (1993 – 1997)
- 8. Toyota Land Cruiser (J80, J100)
- 9. Volkswagen Corrado VR6 (1991 – 1995)
- 10. Volvo 740 Turbo (1986–1990)
1. Alfa Romeo GTV (1993 – 2004)
Alfa Romeo’s design specialists, the same ones who have always favored bold and unusual solutions, have reaffirmed their approach that has made them famous with the Alfa Romeo GTV.
Like most coupé cars of its time, the Alfa Romeo GTV was available with a four- or six-cylinder petrol engine.
Although the four-cylinder model was characterized by its unusual agility, the most valuable version of the GTV is equipped with the excellent Busso six-cylinder engine unit.
The engine, which has become the ace up its sleeve by Alfa Romeo, is an important factor in the significant price increase for the Alfa Romeo GTV. Although, like most Italian cars, the model’s value does not increase at the same rate as its German counterparts, the GTV models that have been well-maintained reach today a price of more than EUR 30,000.
2. Audi V8 (1988 – 1993)
The Audi A8 is widely recognized today as the top technical and engineering model of the German brand.
However, even before the appearance on the market of the Audi A8 sedan, the Audi V8 was briefly carrying the company’s flag.
The sleek large limousine was only available with a V8 engine, differentiating this model from the other vehicles. Some of the more powerful V8 versions could also be equipped with six-speed manual gearboxes.
The Audi V8 is not as spectacular as a BMW 7 Series or as prestigious as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but it stands out for other reasons.
First of all, this model laid the foundation for today’s company, a state-of-the-art car manufacturer, a direct rival for both BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Moreover, the Audi V8 is a much rarer model than other equivalent cars, so it is no wonder that the value of this luxury sedan has begun to increase.
3. BMW 540i (1992 – 1996)
For decades the Series 5 has been at the forefront of the luxury limousine class. However, the E34 generation manages to position itself in the middle between the considerably older and more expensive E28 and E39, the model that continues to go through a kind of middle-aged crisis.
The eight-cylinder variant was available for only a few years. As a result, it is considerably rarer in Europe and the United States than the BMW M5. In addition, the power of the V8 unit is very similar to that of the BMW M5.
The most appealing aspect of this model is accessibility; While the value of the BMW M5 has already risen to the sky, the 540i is still much cheaper, but that won’t last long.
4. Jaguar XK8 (1996 – 2006)
The Jaguar XK8 debuted in the 1990s when it could be ordered as a coupe or convertible. It offered various engines with different capabilities and comfort equipment to satisfy most XK fans.
The Jaguar XK8 was one of the first Jaguar cars that could be considered truly modern, and that raised the bar in terms of quality, technology, and company values.
Get ready to spend at least €15,000 to €20,000 on a well-maintained and well-groomed specimen.
Meanwhile, the Jaguar XK-R is much sought after by car enthusiasts, is even more expensive.
5. Land Rover Defender (Series I, Series II)
Land Rover has never hidden the fact that the first generations of the Defender SUV were designed to be a practical, multifunctional acquisition for farmers.
Its simplistic design and ability to deal with any obstacle imaginable have earned the Land Rover Defender the status of being a competent off-roader on all types of terrain.
Today the value of Serie I and Serie II could surprise many. For example, SUVs that have experienced both good and bad days have a value of between 10,000 and € 15,000, while those that have been fully restored or have minimal wear are often worth more than € 30,000.
6. Mercedes-Benz E300, E320, E420 (1992 – 1996)
Mercedes-Benz has given the roads over two million W124s over a relatively long production period. Some models ended their lives at car dismantling, but others still show signs of vitality. And carefully groomed models deserve a fortune.
Of course, the most valuable W124 was labeled 500E or E500 (depending on the year of manufacture). However, a few steps further down the scale of the Mercedes, E300, E320, and E420 models have the potential to become money factories for which many collectors will duel.
7. Saab 9000 CS Aero (1993 – 1997)
Volvo’s Achille heel has always been Saab. In this case, it has prioritized passenger safety while providing charm and power through its exceptional turbo engines.
The Saab 9000 CS Aero is more than just a medium-sized limousine. It was introduced late in the manufacturing process and was considered the highlight of the Saab 9000 series in its last year of manufacture. It was like a point that marks the end of a sentence or story in this case.
The Saab 9000 CS Aero is, as you might have already guessed, a fairly rare car nowadays. Although Volvo has not revealed how many have been made, this model can be a solid investment.
8. Toyota Land Cruiser (J80, J100)
Toyota always lets its cars and owners speak for them, and so far, the voices unanimously say that the Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the best SUVs globally.
Although they bear the same name, the two models have more technical and technological differences than you might think. The J80 has managed to combine simplicity with everyday practicality. The J100 was considerably more luxurious, designed for longer trips, but with the same talent to gush out of a muddy ditch.
A wide range of interesting features now allows owners of J80 and J100 SUVs to enjoy an extremely high residual value. Even specimens that have seen many of the most rugged and remote corners of the world can generate up to € 40,000.
9. Volkswagen Corrado VR6 (1991 – 1995)
Volkswagen has offered people a wide range of vehicles that have not always been praiseworthy in recent decades. The Volkswagen Corrado VR6 could be an exception.
An unusual appearance, an exceptional engine, and a balanced suspension will make you wonder why so few people bought this car in the early 90s.
The Volkswagen Corrado was not as popular as the Opel Calibra back then, considered an advantage today. The value of the six-cylinder version has begun to increase substantially in recent years, and we expect this trend to continue.
10. Volvo 740 Turbo (1986–1990)
In the ’80s, the Volvo 740 Turbo was proof that the dull vehicle of the father (or mother’) can be as fast as a Porsche 924.
The flexibility of the Volvo 740 Turbo and its ability to combine practicality with top-notch performance make this model a great example of a car with increasing value. This upward trend is expected to continue, especially in the years to come.
It’s is no wonder that there are countless opportunities to buy cars as an investment.
However, being a collector of state-of-the-art cars requires a considerable investment and not exactly insignificant transport costs. In addition to this, it is also mandatory to have a lot of in-depth knowledge about cars.