Vintage Vehicles That Should Hold Their Value

Vintage Vehicles That Should Hold Their Value

We see so many amazing vintage vehicles here at Dale Adams Automotive. We are often asked by enthusiasts and collectors, which vintage vehicles will hold their value the best. Owning a vintage vehicle will always require passion and the ability to keep it in good shape. Here are a few tips and vehicles we hope will help you in your next search for that amazing vintage vehicle to invest in. Enjoy.

1970–1973 Datsun 240Z

The Z was one of the first popular Japanese sports cars in America, offering performance, comfort, style, and reliability. The Z had gorgeous styling, with a smooth six-cylinder engine, and it went as fast as it looked. 0 to 60 took just 7.8 seconds, and a 125-mph top speed was quicker than a Porsche 911T or Jaguar E-Type of the day. They came in gorgeous reds, yellows, and orange and look like they should bring $40,000 or more but can easily be had for less than $15,000.

1969–1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet

Because it's a Ford and not a Shelby, collectors have largely overlooked this car, and it is certainly undervalued. Powered by the same motor and with all the performance, style, and technical interest of a Shelby GT 500, the Mach 1 is worth up to $100,000. That's plenty of money but only half what you'd pay for an equivalent Shelby GT 500.

1964–1970 Pontiac GTO

Despite the demise of Pontiac, there has been no discernible bump in the value of these cars. Lucky you. It means a classic GTO can be had for less than $30,000, thousands less than a similar, big-block Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport. The powerful GT is widely credited as defining the muscle-car era. With massive big-block engine choices, it delivered up to 360 hp that was mated to a floor-mounted four-speed manual transmission.

1965–1985 Pickup Trucks

Cool trucks such as the 1970 Ford F-100 Ranger with a short bed, massive chrome grille and bumpers, and two-tone paint combinations have universal appeal and never go out of style. You can buy a nice truck in original condition for as little as $7,500 to $10,000 and even take it to Home Depot on the weekend.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the world’s most iconic cars and remains a hit among collectors worldwide. Demand for these vehicles greatly increased in recent years, and with values for Concours-condition cars at $28,600, up from $22,700 five years ago.

Prices for Excellent condition cars have similarly increased, with data showing prices for these cars to be around $19,400, up from $16,400 in 2013. Data also suggests prices for Good condition cars are now around $10,800, increasing from $8,900 in 2013 while Fair condition vehicles witnessed a modest increase to $6,200 from $4,800.

1983 DeLorean DMC-12

Famous for its role in the Back to the Future series and its majestic gulf doors, the DeLorean DMC-12 is surprisingly affordable and could be a great addition to your portfolio. Based on information available to Hagerty, prices for cars in Concours condition rose from 2013 prices of $44,700 to $51,800 after dipping in late 2015 and early 2016. Cars in Excellent and Good condition similarly rose in price from $29,900 and $19,900 in 2013 to $39,300 and $29,500 in 2016. DeLoreans in Fair condition similarly appreciated, rising from $14,700 in 2013 to $20,100 today.

1975 Bricklin SV-1

This gull-winged Canadian coupe is one of the Malaise-era’s most unique vehicles and could be a good buy since prices have receded from recent highs. After a major spike beginning in later 2014 and lasting until early 2016, data shows prices for a car in Concours condition may be around $32,000, an increase from 2013’s price of $27,000.

Vehicles in Excellent increases in value from about $21,000 in 2013 to $22,700 today while those in Good condition fell in value from $12,800 to around $12,700. Vehicles in fair condition fared a little better, with prices rising from $7,000 in 2013 to $7,100 in 2018.

1946 Willys-Jeep CJ-2A

Famous for its role on WW2 battlefields, the Jeep soon became a fixture among postwar buyers looking for a rugged vehicle that handle on- and off-road driving with ease. Data shows cars in Concours condition may be priced at just $26,500, up from $25,300 in 2013. Vehicles in Excellent condition have seen similar modest gains, rising from $15,600 in 2013 to $16,000 today. Jeeps in Fair or Good condition have seen the smallest gains with examples of each increasing in price from $8,700 and $4,800 in 2013 to $9,000 and $4,900 in 2018, respectively.

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