Ordinary cars that used to litter our roads, but have now all but disappeared, such as the Fiat Uno 45 (+267%), Citroen CX Estate (+324%), early Renault Espace (+260%) and Mark I VW Golf LS (not GTi) have seen incredible value growth since 2009, when these were still quite plentiful on our streets. The price of an immaculate Golf 1.5 LS, for example, has increased by 300% per cent over the last seven years, whereas a Mark I Golf GTi value has only grown by 87%, as collectors save these, but ignore the more standard, basic models. The same goes for an ‘ordinary’ two-door BMW 318i (E30), which has climbed +336%, whilst the same generation M3 has only grown 256%.
A few other random cars in the Top 50 value gainers since 2009 include the BMW M1 (+492%), the Ferrari 330 GTC (+445%), Ferrari 288 GTO (415%), early Porsche 356 A 1500 GS Coupe (+480%), the rare (347 built) Opel Diplomat V8 Coupe (+436%), CD Panhard Coach coupe (+254%), Maserati Mexico 4.2 (+300%) and Fiat Dino Spider (+247%).
By way of contrast, the bottom 25 cars that have seen the greatest drop in values since 2009, admittedly when a number of the models listed were still quite new, include the Vauxhall Calibra (-40%), Audi Cabriolet (-25%), Jaguar XJ40 (-35%) and early diesel Land Rover Discovery (-42%).
A diesel engine seems to impact negatively on value, dropping more than the equivalent petrol-engined model, but few will be surprised to learn that the Lada Samara topping the list of the greatest value declines for classic cars, with a 50% drop. The Lotus Seven Series 4 (-30%), Austin Seven Chummy (-27%), Bentley Eight (-26%) and Panther De Ville (-21%) are rather more surprising though.
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