🚘 Classic Car Bargains: 3 Affordable Hidden Gems

Three starter classic cars that you could afford, plus a Datsun vs MG showdown and a unique Bugatti Veyron.

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Hello again to my community of classic car lovers and investment-minded individuals, and welcome to the 1,128 people who have joined since my last update.

Today I’ve picked out a handful of affordable hidden gems for you based on the latest market data, and have pitted two thoroughbred sports cars of the 1960s and ‘70s against each other.

Here’s what’s coming up:

💵 Hidden Gems: 3 Classics Under $20k (£16k)

📸 Snapshot: Datsun 240Z vs MG B GT

📣 Auction Pick of the Month: ‘Year of the Dragon’ Bugatti Veyron

Let's go!

💵 3 Hidden Gems Under $20k (£16k)

1. Porsche 944 S

💰 Average Sale Price (1 year): $16,579 | 📉 Feb Monthly Change: -1.6%

The Porsche 944 S remains an unsung hero of the classic car world, hiding in plain sight with a price tag that's a steal for the thrills it offers.

With an average sale price of $16,579 over the last 12 months, you're getting a car that's all Porsche without the wallet-busting pedigree of the 911.

This model ups the ante with a beefier 2.5-liter engine, pushing out nearly 190 horsepower, transforming every curve and straight into pure adrenaline.

It's the perfect blend of sass and class, offering that iconic Porsche handling finesse and a driving experience that'll have you grinning from ear to ear.

This under-the-radar gem is your ticket to the Porsche club, where the entry fee is way less than you'd expect, and the rewards are just as sweet as its more famous siblings.

2. Nissan Silvia 240SX (S14)

💰 Average Sale Price (1 year): $19,144 | 📉 Feb Monthly Change: 0.0%

Dive into the world of JDM royalty without emptying your bank account with the Nissan Silvia 240SX — a cult classic that's on everyone’s radar, yet remains affordable.

With an average sale price of $19,144 over the last year, it’s a mainstay of the drift and tuning scene and offers an authentic slice of Japanese performance heritage without the eye-watering price tag of its cousins.

It's a no-brainer for gearheads looking to get maximum fun with minimal fuss, offering a blend of speed, style, and sideways action that's hard to beat at this price point.

3. Toyota Celica GT (1st Gen)

💰 Average Sale Price (1 year): $19,994 | 📈 Feb Monthly Change: +3.6%

Step into the spotlight with the Toyota Celica GT, a slice of automotive nostalgia that's just snuck into my list with an average sale price of $19,994.

The first-gen Celica GT is a time machine to the golden era of Japanese engineering, providing a combination of style, reliability, and performance that's as rare as it is captivating.

It's the perfect pick for anyone looking to make a foray into classic car ownership without breaking the bank or compromising on the joy of driving.

As prices creep up, the Celica GT stands out as an affordable hidden gem that will continue making waves in the collector's market. Catch it while you can.

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📸 Snapshot: Datsun 240Z vs MG B GT

Datsun 240Z

📉 1 year: -2.2% 5 year: 0.0% | 💰Average Sale Price (1 year): $34,188

The Datsun 240Z was Japan’s answer to the success of lightweight European sports cars of the 1960s, and is a classic fusion of elegance, sophistication, and Japanese craftsmanship.

Currently priced around the $34k (£27k) mark, it offers an unparalleled blend of historical significance and driving pleasure that few other classics can match.

Its appeal lies in its ability to deliver a pure, engaging driving experience, making it as thrilling to pilot today as it was over five decades ago.

In all, over 160,000 Datsun 240Zs were built, with over 96% of those exported to the North American market.

Only a handful found their way to the likes of Britain, mainland Europe, and Australia, making them exceptionally rare in these territories.

A testament to the enduring legacy of Datsun's engineering marvel, the 240Z continues to be a sought-after gem for collectors and driving purists alike.


📈 1 year: +5.7% 5 year: +1.9% | 💰 Average Sale Price (1 Year): $16,853

The MG B GT was a hallmark of British engineering, delivering spirited driving dynamics in a stylish and practical package.

With values on the up this year, but still with a very reasonable average price tag of $16.8k (£13.5k), the MG represents a compelling entry point for classic car enthusiasts and collectors alike.

With its engaging rear-wheel-drive layout, responsive four-cylinder engine, and a cockpit that offers a quintessentially classic driving experience, the MG B GT is as enjoyable to drive today as it was when it first hit the roads.

Its growing popularity amongst collectors and the rising appreciation for its design and engineering mean that the MG B GT is not just a pleasure to own, but could also be a wise investment.

Which would I pick? 

Value-wise it would have the be the MG. With fewer examples built than the 240Z it does represent a good opportunity for appreciation, with an authentic driving experience to match.

If money were no object? 

It would be the 240Z all day long. The values being commanded shows how appreciated it is in the classic car world, with very good reason.

Its cultural impact and the role it played in establishing Japanese cars as formidable competitors on the global stage make it one of the most sought-after classics from its era.

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📣 My Auction Pick of the Month

To finish off, I like to pick out an auction that jumps out at me every month. No affiliation here, simply one that catches my eye. This month it’s the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport ‘Wei Long’.

A unique one-off edition of the breath-taking open-top supercar, created in celebration of the previous Year of the Dragon in 2012.

Having been originally delivered to Switzerland, it made its way to the UK in 2016 and now resides in Monaco, having covered just over 8,000km during that time.

This is the first time this highly bespoke version of the Veyron Grand Sport has been up for sale publicly, so empty out your piggy banks and perhaps consider a treasure-hunt, because this one will be selling well into the millions 💶 💶 💶.

One day… one day…

🙏 Thanks For Reading!

Thanks for reading! Look out for my full monthly update on the 29th February, where I’ll bring you five of the best and five of the worst performers from this month’s data.

I'll also spotlight this month's 'Bold Bet' and share a selection of other classic car articles.

In the meantime, don’t forget to visit thecarinvestor.com for featured articles and valuable insights into the classic car investment market.

Thanks for reading.

Until next time!


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