The 1980s are characterized by economic stagnation, followed by recovery and then strong growth in the economy, with the stock exchange tripling in that decade. From the mid-1980s, money was spent like flowing water. As a result, the prices of classic cars rose rapidly. But car enthusiasts also started to gain interest in new supercars. Potential customers were clambering over each other to be able to buy such a car. Porsche presented the 959 in 1983, followed by Ferrari in 1987 with the F40. Bugatti was revived and Jaguar announced the XJ220.
Twenty years ago, in December 1996, Brooks auctioned a nice original Maserati 3500 GT Spider for £29.000. In February 2015 Artcurial sold one in similar condition for £620.000. Nevertheless, this model seems relatively inexpensive. Why, you may ask, is the Maserati 3500 GT/GTI Spider such an interesting car? And what is today’s price level of the Spider compared with those of other open-top sports cars from the same era?
The R-Type Continental Fastback is one of Bentley’s best-regarded post-war cars. In 1955 the model was succeeded by the Bentley S Continental Fastback which is equally coveted by enthusiasts of the British brand. Both Fastbacks have increased strongly in value in the last 15 years, but what makes these cars so interesting?
In recent years there’s been a marked trend with increased interest in ‘young’ Porsche models, with a significant number being snapped up at auction. These cars are much in demand and, thankfully for buyers, the market is serving that demand with plentiful supply. For example, in February 2017 the auction houses Artcurial, Bonhams and RM Sotheby’s offered together a total 50 Porsches in the three auctions held in Paris. As a result of this burgeoning demand, the question asked by many collectors is whether the interest in young Porsches is sustainable.