Last year, nearly eight million used cars were bought (and sold) in this country, more than three times as many as new cars. There’s more choice in the classifieds than ever before, from bangernomics bargains to diluted supercar kings.
Somewhere in the middle sits an increasingly popular race of used cars: the modern classic. Usually between 10 and 30 years old, these are cars that were good in their time and seem to get better as they age. Most also become rare as so many were purchased by Joe Public as a daily means of transportation rather than viewed as potential future classics. Fortunately, they were built to modern standards. So if you can find a decent example, it should be decades more.
The attraction among enthusiasts for such cars is not just nostalgia. It̵
There are a multitude of middle-aged engines, most recently languishing in junkyards or broken for parts, but now in the limelight and growing in value. If you’re fast, you can get one on your ride and enjoy it for years.
Our top picks from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s testify to the great diversity of the classics on offer.
Ferrari 328 GTB 1985-1989
The term “entry” means far less for Ferrari than it does for Honda, for example. Even the cheapest model in Maranello’s current range starts at £ 166,000, and it’s hardly the coward’s option.
But as early as 1985 the modest 328 GTB with its modest 270 hp and a top speed of 153 km / h was a world away from the fire-breathing 288 GTO and the 512 TR. That doesn’t matter today, of course, because this is an old school Ferrari written by Pininfarina, and who wouldn’t want one of them?
Despite its relatively lazy mood, the 328 GTB’s 3.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 makes a throaty growl, and improvements over its 308 GTB ancestor – including faster steering, electronic ignition, and hydraulic clutch – make it one of the best usable classic Ferraris.
Prices are strong, but if the older 246 Dino and BB are an indicator, the 328 GTB numbers will skyrocket over the next several years. This could be your last chance to own one of the best Ferraris.
Porsche 944 1982-1991