So, another year has dawned.
And there’s plenty to look forward to in the world of classic cars, from events and shows to big anniversaries for significant models. We also reckon that we can welcome a whole raft of cars into the realms of being ‘proper’ classics.
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Welcoming more models into the world of classic cars
What constitutes a classic car is always something that’s open to debate. For the sake of argument, we’re going with 25 years for the purposes of this article.
So, we reckon that means we can call quite a few cars proper classics now. Those launched in 1992 include the Alfa Romeo 155, Dodge Viper, Ford Mondeo, Jaguar XJ220, McLaren F1 and the Subaru Impreza.
Many of these, of course, we’ve often heralded as ‘modern classics’, but now we reckon they can be considered full-on proper classic cars.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is 40
Hailed at its launch in 1977 as ‘Britain’s first supercar’, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage turns 40 this year. It had a top speed of 170mph, so certainly qualified for the supercar moniker.
That V8 engine propelled it to 60mph in 5.3 seconds – which was crucially one tenth of a second quicker than a Ferrari Daytona. Power was 375hp from the off, while later models got 390hp and then 403hp.
Most certainly a gentleman’s sports car, features included a walnut dashboard, later covered in black leather, and a distinctive bonnet bulge.
The Ferrari F40 is 30
We’re sorry to have to tell you this, but yes, it’s true: the legendary Ferrari F40 is 30 years old this year. Yes, really, three decades old.
The mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive car was built from 1987 until 1992 and was the successor to the 288 GTO. Designed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary, it was the last car to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari before his death in 1988.
At the time it was the fastest, most powerful and most expensive Ferrari on sale and it famously broke the 200mph top speed mark. Powered by a 2.9-litre turbocharged V8 producing 472hp, a total of 1,311 were made.
Shows and events in 2017
As ever, there are plenty of events going on this year for classic car fans. The London Classic Car Show in February is one of the biggest, as is the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show in November.
For those who want to see some of the world’s most expensive and historic cars in wheel-turning action, there’s the huge Donington Historic Festival in April. Goodwood Festival of Speed in June offers something for every petrol head, while there is more racing action at the Silverstone Classic in July.
In September, the Goodwood Revival is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year, as the glory days of motor racing are brought back to life, with period cars, pit garages and everyone involved getting dressed up as well.
And, of course, there are hundreds of events across the UK all year for fans of every kind of classic.
Rising classic cars values
As has been the trend for a while now, there’s no reason why classic car values won’t continue to rise in 2017. With interest rates still at a historic low values have risen rapidly over the past four years.
Things calmed down a bit in 2016, but classic still represent a good place to put your money. The experts say that the Porsche 911 has done well and the ‘poster cars’ of the 1980s and 1990s are a good bet too.
The Porsche 928 is looking good for 2017, as is the Mini Cooper S and Lancia Delta Integrale. But it’s always good to buy one that you actually like yourself; you might even end up keeping it.