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Investment in vintage cars: Which models have increased in value


For some it's just a hobby, for others it's more of an investment: which classic cars have recently gained or lost value.


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For some it's just a hobby, for others it's more of an investment: which classic cars have recently gained or lost value.

There are fundamentally different approaches to the subject of classic cars: while some buy one in order to drive it regularly at least in the summer season - maybe even use it in everyday life - others buy a classic car to park in an air-conditioned garage.

In the latter case, of course, you don't need a license at all, otherwise you can decide whether to get an H license plate or a red vintage license plate, depending on the use.

But regardless of whether you drive your classic car or prefer to park it: everyone is happy about an increase in value.

Investment in vintage cars: Which models have increased in value

Once a year, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) publishes the German Classic Car Index (DOX) - and it reveals how classic car prices have developed.

Compared to the previous year, classic cars were able to record an increase in value of 4.8 percent.

Of course, not all vehicles increase equally - some also decrease in value.

Ten models have particularly increased in value - the proportion of vehicles from German production is striking:

Manufacturer/model (year of construction)

Increase in value from 2018 to 2022

1. Ford Capri (69-72)


2. Volkswagen K70 (70-73)


3. Volkswagen Passat (78-80)


4. EEZ Trabant (74-90)


5. Pontiac Firebird (78-79)


6. Ford Taunus 12/15/17/20/26 M (67-68)


7.Volkswagen Golf (87-91)


8. Opel Rekord/Olympia (68-71)


9. Automobile Works Eisenach Wartburg 353 (75-88)


10.Toyota Celica (72-78)


Investing in vintage cars: which models have lost value

However, there are also some losers: In the period under review from 2018 to 2022, for example, the BMW CS series fell by 14.1 percent according to DOX.

The Mercedes 190 SL (minus 13 percent) and the Jaguar E-Type (minus 7 percent) also fell in price.

Incidentally, if you are looking for a classic car, you do not necessarily have to look around at the "typical suspects" - there are also some car brands that have largely been forgotten today.

The most beautiful cars of all time: ten specimens whose design inspires

10th place - Porsche 928: Excuse me?

Ironically, the 928 made it into our top 10?


Even if the Gran Turismo from Zuffenhausen never managed to do what it was actually developed for – namely to one day replace the 911.

From 1977, the 928 with a V8 front engine in a transaxle design was produced, and by 1995 it was already over.

The design was still a big hit - even if one can argue about what the 928 looks like with the headlights up.

We particularly like the rear - albeit in the pre-facelift version with the vertical taillights.

© agefotostock/Imago

9th place - Ferrari Enzo Ferrari: In a list of the most beautiful cars, a Ferrari should not be missing.

We chose the super sports car built between 2002 and 2004, which was named after the company's founder Enzo Ferrari.

399 examples of the V12 car were produced - and were available from around 660,000 euros.

But even those who had that much money at hand might get nothing - because the Enzo was only sold to selected customers.

©Heritage Images/Imago

8th place - BMW 507: In 1955, BMW presented the two-seater Roadster 507 at the IAA in Frankfurt. The sports car designed by Graf von Goertz was only built 252 times.

In fact, at the end of the 1990s, BMW remembered this design icon again - and based the design of the Z8 on it.

©Heritage Images/Imago

7th place — Audi R8: What a bang: In the mid-2000s, the Audi brand presented its own super sports car, the R8.

And what a!

The technically successful athlete contributed a lot to the image of the Ingolstadt brand, which was long considered conservative - in contrast to today.

The side blades of the R8, which usually contrast with the body color, are particularly characteristic.

© Martin Vogt/Imago

A Ford Mustang of the first generation 6th place - Ford Mustang: A classic US sports car also made it into our top 10 - we decided on the first generation of the "pony car".

The Ford Mustang built from 1964 was a great success right from the start - which also had something to do with its moderate price at the time.

With the Mustang Mach E, an electric SUV now also bears the legendary name - a decision that was not well received by all Mustang fans.

© Zoonar/Imago

A BMW 7 Series (E38) 5th place - BMW 7 Series (E38): In rankings of the most beautiful cars, mostly sports cars appear - but there are also chic sedans: In 1994, the third generation of the 7 Series from BMW came onto the market - narrowly 330,000 copies were built up to the summer of 2001.

Luxury limousines often put on quite a lot - but this one from Munich convinced with its simple and extremely elegant design.


A Lamborghini CountachPlace 4 - Lamborghini Countach: Flat, flat, Countach.

With the mid-engine sports car, Lamborghini took automotive design to the extreme.

To this day, the Countach with its scissor doors remains a design icon.

It was produced over a fairly long period: from 1974 to 1990. © Heritage Images/Imago

A McLaren F1 3rd place - McLaren F1: Super fast - and in our opinion also super beautiful: The McLaren F1 is one of the most spectacular super sports cars of the 1990s.

A BMW V12 engine fired the McLaren, which was built between 1993 and 1997, to a top speed of around 370 km/h.

Butterfly doors and the central seating position are among the hallmarks of this design legend.

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A Mercedes 300 SLSecond place - Mercedes 300 SL: People with less car affinity can't do anything with the abbreviation W 198.

But if you explain that it is "the one with the gullwing doors", you usually have an image of this classically beautiful sports car in your head, which was only built from 1954 to 1957.

From 1957 to 1963 only the Roadster variant was manufactured.

The W 198 was also the fastest sports car of its time.

Incidentally, the abbreviation "SL" stands for "super-light".

©Heritage Images/Imago

A Jaguar E-TypeRank 1 - Jaguar E-Type: What a silhouette!

The Jaguar E-Type, presented in March 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show, also existed as a roadster, but the closed version is, in our opinion, even more beautiful.

Incidentally, the British sports car came to greater screen honors in the cult film "Harold and Maude" - in which, however, the E-Type is converted into a hearse.

©Heritage Images/Imago

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Classic car investment: Generally a stable price trend upwards

In general, the DOX shows a stable development: According to the VDA, the unfavorable framework conditions such as the corona pandemic, the Ukraine war and rising energy costs have had hardly any effect on the prices of classic cars.

The long delivery times for new cars have not only caused prices in the used market to rise, but also caused the prices of some everyday classic car models to skyrocket.

List of rubrics: © Sebastian Geisler/Imago

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-04-17

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