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Supercars and Vintage Classics Top the Charts at Auctions in 2018

2018 started very strong for auctions houses. In the second week of January, British Car Auctions (BCA) reported a new record as 25,500 vehicles went under the hammer across their network in a single week.

Supercars and vintage racers have been performing well. What’s more, they appear to be a sound investment, even in today’s fluctuating market. Could one be the right choice for you?

Which vehicles?

High-value vehicles have performed particularly well at auction houses throughout the country in 2017. Demand seems particularly strong for luxury vehicles and supercars. The most prestigious brands are well represented – Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Porsche to name a few. According to BCA, 65% of the high-value cars were bought by live online bidders, and the sold price outperformed the guidelines by up to 18%.

Classic Cars are increasingly popular – and can be a bit on the pricey side

A study by Carbuyer reveals that the Jaguar E type is an absolute favourite, by far: nearly a third of the respondents who took the survey voted for it as the greatest ever classic car. The Aston Martin DB5 came second, followed by the Porsche 911, the original MINI and the Ford Escort Mexico.
Classic cars are as popular as ever and deliver very well at auctions. Regularly, nowadays, we see cars fetching in excess of £1,000,000. Maybe unsurprisingly, half of these highest value vehicles are Ferraris. On the 9th February in Paris, a rare 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series 1 by Pinin Farina was offered at auction for a 7-9M€ guide price! The good news is, it didn’t sell, so it could still become yours… This is an extremely rare convertible, only 40 of these were ever built, and just 11 still remain today as “matching numbers”  (i.e. with their original engine, gearbox and axle).
If this is a little out of your price range, worry not, there are plenty of other options and great “bargains” out there: you could bag a Gordini (Renault 5 Alpine Turbo) for less than £15,000, or an iconic Porsche 944 for less than £5,000.

Vintage motors: a sound investment

As you no doubt know classic cars are an investment, as they tend to sustain – or even increase – their value very well. This asset class is a steady and strong performer, outranking other types of alternative investments (such as wine and fine art). Acquiring such vehicles for yourself or the forecourt could prove very lucrative and profitable in the long run.
Before you go to the auction, make sure you do your research though, as you don’t want to overspend, acquire a model that will prove particularly difficult to sell due to lack of provenance (verification of a genuine history), or that will prove impossible to maintain or restore.

Alternatively, you could covet a bespoke lot to bring the wow factor to your forecourt. And who knows, you could even become the proud owner of a unique vehicle, like the lucky bidder who acquired our beloved Plan Swiss Chalet for £1,500 at auction in November 2017. The unassuming Berlingo was turned into an astonishing log cabin by our in-house wizard, Scott, to take part in the motor trade charity event Bangers For Ben Rally 2017. And even if it didn’t make it quite all the way to the top of the Alps, it still turned out to be the highest seller at auction – we were a little proud!