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.
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?