MARKET WATCH, June 2017

Lamborghini Miuras buck the market

While prices for period rival Ferraris such as the Daytona have fallen back from their market peak, the Miura continues to grow with the original P400 and its P400S successor up 13% and 11% respectively.

That means you’ll pay £460-850k for a P400, and £550-£1m for the P400S, depending on condition. It helps that only 765 of all three types of Miura were built – collectors prize scarcity – compared to a little over 1400 365 GTB/4 Daytonas, but it helps that the Miura was a real game changer, defining the basic layout of every supercar since. They also appeal to buyers who see the Daytona, or any Ferrari, as too obvious.

Lancia Beta tipped

We should celebrate the stigma of old reputations if they mean that the value of an appealing classic car remains suppressed. Take the Lancia Beta Coupé, a sharp-looking machine with fine handling and a choice of peppy twin-cam engines – yours for less than £5k.

Two-litre is the one to go for, but even the 1.3 can muster 82bhp. Supercharged Volumex is the ultimate. The only snag is finding one for sale, but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Price guide movers

Even in a market that’s cooled off since its heady peak we can still find cars that have jumped by up to 33%.

And the head of the league table in the latest issue of Classic Cars magazine? The Austin Mini Moke, which now commands between £4500 and £20,000 depending how rough or perfect it is. If there’s a pattern to the cars in the top ten, I can’t see it – Rover P3 up 32%, Ferrari 166 Inter, Jaguar E-type V12 Roadster and split-screen VW Beetle all up £25%. What’s clear is that there are still eager buyers out there for cars that seem to be good value compared to similar alternatives.

The rest of the 78 top market movers are revealed in the July issue of Classic Cars magazine, on sale now.

Buy an Aston V8 wisely

You can pay anywhere from £50k to £500k for an Aston Martin V8 now, so I can’t help but wish I’d taken out a meaty loan to buy the smart £40k V8 Vantage that I borrowed for the day a few years ago. Not because I have any interest in playing the classic car investment game, but because, as it turns out, that was my last chance to own one.

Then, as now, repair and restoration costs for these cars were very much in the league of those who can afford to buy a brand new Aston Martin, and that fearful knowledge kept me from making a begging phone call to my bank’s loan department. That £50k starting point only really buys a project car now, something that you could easily spend £100-200k on, while usable V8s start at more like £80k, with tidy Vantages at £150k.

So, as with so many cars, your money goes a lot further if you buy a decent example in the first place. The detailed buying guide in the latest issue of Classic Cars magazine takes you through six essential steps to avoid buying a bad one, and help you navigate the subtleties of the different variants on the market.

We want this

When the pictures of this 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint came into the office I just had to have a second look, and a third… It’s in good, rather than pristine condition, but the black paintwork and appealingly worn deep red interior really suit the car. These big coupés don’t really fit with the compact and agile sporting image that we tend to hold for Alfas, but with its twin-cam, six cylinder engine and roomy interior it’s best considered as an affordable alternative to more exotic Sixties grand tourers. It’s one of four cars for sale that we road test in the July issue of Classic Cars, on sale now.