Which vintage cars to acquire in 2022?

 » 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…

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The latest GTIs produced, such as the Peugeot 208, will be increasingly popular.


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. »

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This Renault 5 Turbo 2 with 72,000 km on the odometer is estimated between €30,000 and €50,000 by Artcurial.
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The E30 generation is the pioneer of the BMW M3. It is increasingly rare to find with less than 100,000 km on the clock.

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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The Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 has marked the minds of several generations of enthusiasts.

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.

Fashionable popular French women

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All the limited series, like here the Kenzo on the Twingo I, take more value than the standard model.

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.

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The Coupé 406 was designed by coachbuilder Pininfarina. One of the most beautiful French cars of all time.

The Peugeot 306 and its convertible or S16 versions are also, for example, increasingly sought after in good condition. And let’s not talk about the 406 Coupé designed by Pininfarina, a collector becoming a victim of its fatal beauty. We also note the growing interest in models that were unloved in their time, such as the Renault Avantime or the Citroën BX. The latter is also celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. Go for it because these cars are still inexpensive. But, according to the Artcurial specialist,  » IThe prices are likely to rise quickly ».

Other French models are starting to regain interest in the collectibles market. At Renault, the vintage R5 finds a second youth with the birth of a prototype prefiguring the production model (2024) and the anniversary of its fifty-year career in 2022. Ditto for the Citroën Ami and GS, which are excellent cars with verified intrinsic qualities, available in “competition condition” for less than €10,000. For lovers of sportsmanship on an equivalent budget, a Peugeot 405 Mi16 could, for example, surprise you…

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The Renault Avantime, a real commercial failure, is beginning to attract more and more people. But some spare parts are missing.

« The Supercar Effect »

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Artcurial offered four first-hand Ferrari supercars at the Salon Rétromobile auction.

 » 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!

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This copy of McLaren F1 was sold for more than €18,000,000 in 2021.

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.

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On the second-hand market, the Alpine A110 trades today almost at the same price as a new model.

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.


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