Five 'undesirable' collector cars that have skyrocketed in value
The classic car world is possibly one of the most opinionated collecting pursuits known to man, and nearly everyone seems to have an opinion on relative values and desirability. Each car on this list has at one time or another been deemed by “experts” to be hopeless as a collectible and each has one thing in common—they’ve skyrocketed in value.I kinda have to debunk the list a bit...
1. 1956-58 Studebaker Golden Hawk. Err, no. Sure, it may not have been immediately a hit with collectors like the '57 Bel Air, but the Hawk was a pretty sweet ride unto itself.
2. 1965-69 Corvair convertible. Okay, perhaps. But it probably has more to do with lackluster style and performance compared to other cars from the time period.
3. 1979-80 BMW M1. Not on bad day, folks. The M1 is one of the most-sought after BMWs out there. Try again.
4. 1976 Porsche 912E. Again, no. It's a Porsche. Even the 914s and 924s are collectible. Bzzt!
5. 1955-63 Mercedes-Benz 190SL. And again, not even close. Sure, other models were more desirable, but that doesn't mean the 190 was undesirable.
Honestly, I think that's the problem with the list. The cars listed aren't undesirable, it's that there are other more desirable options. Except the BMW. That one they're just wrong about.
It did get me thinking, though. What are some future collectibles? I'm thinking along the lines of, cars you could pick up now, cheap, and restore for future $$$. Obviously, early 1980s Corvettes, early 1990s Vipers, or Grand Nationals would be a choice, but I'm leaning more towards a sleeper. Kinda like these:
5. 1996 Chevy Impala SS. Last year of the rear-drive, full-size Impala. Lord Vader, your car is ready indeed.
4. 1997 Ford Probe GT. While they didn't exactly set the world on fire, performance-wise, it was a strange departure for Ford to have a decent-looking, front-wheel drive somewhat sporty car.
3. 1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible. Yes, the only factory pickup truck convertible (No, the Chevy SSR doesn't count).
2. 1995 Toyota Supra. Six speed manual. Near-50:50 front:back weight distribution. Turbocharger. Yeah.
1. 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT. Maybe I played "Need for Speed: Underground" too many times in the early 'Oughts, but the 3000GT, especially the 320HP twin-turbo version, was one helluva car.
So, what's on your under-rated list?
That is all.