06 06 2011

Classic cars for every budget

Classic vehicle enthusiasts still recovering from the recent downturn are looking for collector cars that offer the best value for their money. To help, here’s a guide for the first-time buyer. Our list includes cars that are fun to drive and will likely continue to increase in value over time.

In addition to their expected increase in value, the vehicles were selected according to the following criteria:

  • Accessibility: Each car on this list is readily available.
  • Ease of ownership: Parts and information are plentiful.
  • Great drivability: Capable of safe and enjoyable operation on modern roads.
  • Strong support network: Energetic and effective clubs to assist with spares, technical advice and sympathy (when called for).


  • 1949-71 Morris Minor Saloon/Drophead/Traveller
  • 1958-61 Austin-Healey “Frogeye” Sprite Drophead
  • 1962-1974 MGB Drophead and MGB GT Coupe
  • 1962-68 Austin/Morris Mini Cooper Saloon


  • 1961-67 Jaguar MKII Saloon
  • 1954-68 Morgan Plus 4 Drophead
  • 1969-76 Triumph TR6 Drophead
  • 1964-70 Ford Mustang Coupe/Fastback/Drophead


  • 1960-67 Austin-Healey 3000 Drophead
  • 1961-69 Jaguar E-Type Coupe/OTS
  • 1967-73 Porsche 911S/E/T Coupe and Targa
  • 1963-71 Mercedes-Benz 230/250/280SL Drophead


  • 1949-61 Jaguar XK 120/140/150 Coupe/OTS
  • 1974-89 Lamborghini Countach Coupe
  • 1955-66 Bentley S1/S2/S3 Saloon/DHC
  • 1956-63 A.C. Ace Bristol Drophead

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3 reader comments

  • 1
    SamTagaloa Kent July 24, 2017 at 2:25pm
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    Amberly What a joy to find such clear thinknig. Thanks for posting! July 24, 2017 at 2:25pm
    What a joy to find such clear thinknig. Thanks for posting!
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    Chris h East Sussex July 24, 2017 at 2:25pm
    Have a '70 fastback mustang which I'm just finishing a full resto on and just bought a ex California TR6 for resto, but would swop out for a nice XK150! Who knows what will be "fashionable" to buy in the future, I just buy because I love a particular model, beauty is only skin deep in my car book!