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– BMW M1 – One of the few

BMW is well known for its sports and luxury cars. If you’re looking for a new or young sporty BMW, you have got plenty of choice, perhaps a Z3, Z8, Z4 or a sporty 3-, 5- and 6-series and the M versions thereof. One of the rare (and perhaps more interesting) cars you could buy is the BMW M1.

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1981 BMW M1, auctioned by Bonhams at 24 June 2016 for £303,900, photo Bonhams

– The Jaguar XJ220 – When will it be appreciated?

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.

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1993 Jaguar XJ220, auctioned by RM Sotheby's at 8 September 2014 for £165,200, photo RM Sotheby's

– Maserati 3500 GT/GTi Spider – relatively inexpensive

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?

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1961 Maserati 3500 GT Spider Vignale