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Solid Classic Car Investments

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Classic cars are growing a reputation as a sound investment project rather than simply a weekend hobby. But unless you've been following the market, you may not be aware just how valuable your classic is. If you have one of these that only comes out to play at weekends, you could be sitting on something of a goldmine...

Chevrolet Corvette

These have increased in price by 132% in the last ten years, with the average price going from £28,000 in 2004 to £65,000 in 2014.

Ferrari Testarossa

A modern classic, the Testarossa is a truly Eighties car, with a 4.9 litre flat 12 under the bonnet and shoulder pads as big as any Dynasty diva. An investment a decade ago would have made you a 140% return by now, with average values rising from £25,000 to £60,000.

Lotus Elan

A convertible Lotus Elan will doubtless have given you a few mechanical headaches over the last ten years but will also have gained in value by 142%, going from £18,000 in 2004 to £43,500 this year. Another ten years could earn you a small fortune...

Jaguar E-Type

Predictable and reliable, E-Type prices have gone up by 171% in a decade, meaning that at £95,000, they now cost more than a brand new F-Type.

Land Rover Series 1

A £6,000 investment in 2004 would have returned 233% by now for a slightly more unusual classic.

Aston Martin V8

The Aston has a number of virtues driving its 295% price rise from 2004's £19,000 to £75,000 now, such as a booming exhaust note and aggressive, muscular yet elegant looks. A sound investment at any time.

AC Cobra

Never a cheap car in the first place, in 2004 it would have cost you £150,000, but at £650,000 now, it would certainly have been worth it. Individually, this is one of the most expensive classics out there, thanks to a 333% price rise in a decade.

Aston Martin DB6

James Bond's DB5 overshadowed its successor for years, meaning a DB6 could be had for about £45,000 ten years ago. But with values rising by 478% since then, thanks to interest from collectors, you'll need £250,000 to get into one now.

Aston Martin DB5

Still leading the DB6 however, the iconic DB5 costs 500% more now than a decade ago. Available for £75,000 in 2004, you'll need £450,000 to buy James Bond's ride now.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

The best investment of all since 2004, canny owners have made themselves a stonking 669% or £385,000 in ten years. Could today's 911 GT3 RS match its performance in years to come?

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