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Classic Cars As An Investment

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Recent financial research suggests that classic cars are as secure an investment as gold. However finding a good one priced to increase rather than decrease, isn't easy. Clever investors buy vehicles while they're still classed as 'second-hand', before they reach the 'classic' stage that puts an immediate premium on the price.

So if you're tempted to invest, here is a list of probable future classics from 1995-2005, that it makes sense to buy today, with around £10,000 in your pocket. Find a good one, take care of it and avoid putting too many miles on the clock and the chances are you'll be building a nice little nest egg for the future.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

The W124 showed Mercedes reaching a pinnacle of all its experience and skill in auto-making. All the variants are good but the cabriolet is the sexiest of the lot and the most likely to hold its value. Of the models available, the E320 offers a good balance of performance, comfort and efficiency and, spacious enough for four, it's actually quite a practical car.

Alfa Romeo 156 GTA

Displaying classic Italian dash and powered by a growing 3.2 litre V6 Busso engine, the Alfa Romeo 156 is an obvious choice for this list. Forget the outdated Alfa reputation for unreliability – the 156 might not quite reach Japanese or German standards of build quality, but it's solid enough and will put a massive grin on your face every time you put your foot down.

Renault Clio V6 Sport

Renault has a history of making cracking little sports cars out of fairly average small hatchbacks and with its mid-mounted, 24 valve Laguna engine giving out 227bhp, you'll get 153mph out of this pocket rocket. Aim for a Phase 1 2001-2003 example to hold its value, or a later model from 2003-2005, if you're more interested in performance and enhanced power output.

Rover 75 V8

A Rover may seem a rather pedestrian entry for a list of future classics, but this one is hiding a Ford Mustang sourced engine already used in the MG ZT under the bonnet, albeit in a slightly softer state of tune. At the moment, it's a victim of badge snobbery, high fuel prices and a rather staid, unexciting appearance but, like any market, classic cars are subject to cyclical value fluctuations and this one is bound to bounce.

Jaguar XKR Supercharged

Any classics list would have to include a Jag and this mature sport car marks the zenith of the XK range. The coupes are elegant but the convertibles are most likely to hold their value.

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