» The year 2021 has accelerated generational change. In any field of the art market you have fads, and this is true in the automobile collection » explains Pierre Novikoff, automotive specialist at Artcurial. This expertise reflects the evolution of mores around the car. Although decried and rejected outside the cities, the latter still finds its audience of enthusiasts today. Younger, collectors are moving towards vehicles from their childhood or adolescence. Suffice to say that, from 1980 to the 2000s, vintage cars traded at exorbitant prices. But that’s not all, you’ll find out…
The category of youngtimers is undoubtedly the most prominent in recent times. The Renault 5 Turbo, BMW M3 (E30 and E36) and other Porsche 928s have seen their ratings double, even triple, in about ten years. Pierre Novikoff affirms it: “ All these somewhat sporty models from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, you’re not doing anything stupid buying them. »
These iconic cars, on the other hand, often have high mileage and/or neglected condition. » People want to have fun right away! Cars in need of restoration or in average condition are harder to sell, even if there is a price adjustment », notes the expert. Fine examples of Renault Clio Williams or a Peugeot 205 GTI in collector’s condition can thus fetch several tens of thousands of euros, at auction but also on the more traditional second-hand vehicle market.
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This period and these models are also particularly attached to Group B (1982-1986). The Audi Sport Quattro S1, Peugeot 205 T16, Lancia Delta S4 and Renault 5 Maxi Turbo are now overpriced. But, to acquire one is to ensure a low-risk investment and high profits. » There are no discussions possible. A Group B model for a collector is the pinnacle, the pinnacle of rally cars.”concludes Pierre Novikoff.
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Some mass-produced French cars have kept their popularity rating to a nostalgic audience. Take for example the first generation Twingo in its limited Kenzo version. » It is intelligent, funny, fun to drive, extremely rare to find in good condition but easy to maintain »illustrates our interlocutor.
» For the past two or three years, these have been the most sought-after supercars. Collectors of 30, 40 or 50 years are turning to newer cars, childhood dreams that they can achieve because today they can afford them,” indicates the expert. The collection put up for sale by Artcurial on the occasion of the Salon Rétromobile 2022 (Ferrari F40, F50, Enzo, LaFerrari) only confirms these words of Pierre Novikoff.
This « supercar effect » is all the more understandable as » those 20 or 30 year old cars, if they are first hand with low mileage, you may never have to restore them in your life”, he explains. And they continue to increase in value, that’s for sure. The Porsche 959 and its direct competitor F40, the famous McLaren F1 or the line of Lamborghini supercars still have a bright future ahead of them. These are certainly the last cars to benefit from noble mechanics, often a manual gearbox and retained driving pleasure, to the detriment of the ever more intrusive technology of recent models. But access to these successful models will never be within everyone’s reach, including the wealthiest!
Banking on the future
The last option is to buy a newer model, nice and already symbolic. Peugeot, for example, released the previous generation 208 with the GTi label. A model with a stagnant rating between 15,000 and 20,000 € which will never be renewed with a heat engine. Ditto for the RCZ coupe, which was available in the RCZ-R version, more powerful and pleasant. The rating for the latter is not weakening, and the entry ticket is approaching €30,000.
If your wallet allows it, the Alpine A110 is also an attractive investment. Pierre Novikoff proclaims it loud and clear: “ It’s an excellent car! » As proof, the second-hand market is saturated with models with different configurations, all offered at the price of new or almost, even with more than 20,000 km on the clock. It is more or less the same case concerning the Toyota GR Yaris. Finally, for the lucky ones, investing in a Ferrari 458 Italia – preferably in the Special version – is also the guarantee of making a profit for sure. The brand’s latest atmospheric V8 model with less complex lines than those of its successors, the 458 is a myth in the making.