When it comes to cars, the ride is always important. So is safety. But the thing that catches your eye first is the automobile's design — and it's what adds value.
While all that extra TLC can boost a car's value, not all well-designed vehicles are created equal. So which of these three beauties is the best investment?
First up, the 1947 Cisitalia 202 GT, which originally sold for $6,500. It was basically a rebodied Fiat 1100, but there was a lot of thought that went into aerodynamics. The designer utilized wind tunnels to maximize speed without compromising the automobile's overall beauty. It was so beautiful that a 1946 version was the first car chosen to be displayed at the Museum of Modern Art
Whereas the Cisitalia was small, the 1956 Continental Mark II was huge. Big enough to be a favorite of Elvis Presley. Continental, a division of Ford, only made this model for two years. It was incredibly expensive at the time, selling for about $10,450.
The 1968 Toyota 2000 GT was the first Japanese car to be considered a collectible, and it was notable for its attention to detail.
Recessed turn signal lights. Uniquely shaped door handles. Special wing mirrors. These were the things that set the 2000 GT apart from other cars that were equally as fast. It was also used as a James Bond car in the 1967 film, "You Only Live Twice." It originally sold for $7,150.
So, which of these examples of beautiful design is the best investment? Automotive valuation expert Donald Osborne discussed the surprising results with Jay Leno. Watch the video to find out which one is appreciating best.
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