Like wine and art, classic cars are a finite tangible resource often produced in overseas markets that, as investments, can appreciate in value without a correlation to stocks and bonds. Unlike art, you don't have to compete with billionaires to pick up a coveted — and often beautiful — asset in the car market.
The Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI) tracks vintage collectibles with its HAGI Top Index and subindexes. The index was up near-14 percent through the first three quarters of 2015 (the index hit an all-time high in September) and is up more than 500 percent in the past decade. Many of the fastest-appreciating cars are sporty models from Europe.
But which European sports cars make the best investments? We asked HAGI founder Dietrich Hatlapa, specialty-car insurer Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty, and RM Sotheby's car specialist David Swig to provide a range of options — from as low as $10,000 to as much as half a million dollars, starting with the most affordable.
(Note: Current value is based on Hagerty.com average pricing data, unless otherwise noted.)
— By Joe D'Allegro, special to CNBC.com
Posted 4 December 2015