MARKET WATCH, December week 3

Jaguar E-type Series 1s start to slide

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The Jaguar E-types that have hitherto seen the biggest growth in values have belatedly joined all of those Porsches and Ferraris in the price correction trend.

Prices for Series 1 coupés in both 3.8-litre and later 4.2-litre form are down 12% and 3.8% respectively, and the Series 1.5 (a Series 1 with some S2 crossover parts, most notably the exposed headlights)/Series 2 roadster (pictured) is also down, by 8.3%.

So rough Series 1 coupés suitable for restoration are now £40k, tidy cars to drive are £60k and the best are now £100-140k. Project S1/5/2 roadsters are now £29k with smart examples at £45k and the best making £75-110k.

In contrast to Eighties Porsches and Ferraris that benefited from an investor-led goldrush, then slumped when the easy return evaporated, E-types have grown steadily over a longer period that began in the run up to the 50th anniversary in 2011. We’re keeping an eye on whether this is a barometer of the wider market. To find more market analysis and details of the latest market climbers and fallers, check out the latest issue

Rover Mini Coopers are hot to buy

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A 26% surge in values underlines how attitudes have changed to Minis from the Rover era. Once they were seen as a corruption of the original design, but time has been kind to them and good examples for sale are eagerly snapped up.

While projects can be found for £1500, the usable examples are nearly twice that and the best range from £5750 to £8500. That’s still a fifth of what you’d pay for an original Sixties Cooper so it still represents a good value route to enjoying one of these iconic little buzz bombs. To find more market analysis and details of the latest market climbers and fallers, check out the latest issue

We want this Citroën DS19

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It’s seven years since this 1965 Citroën ID19 was imported into he UK, by which time it had already been restored – plenty of time for any shortcomings in the workmanship to betray themselves – but it still feels and looks fresh, and glides with that addictively surreal ride unique to these cars.

Being the basic ID model, it does without some of the hydraulically-assisted controls that the DS is prized for, but by the time this car was built, such wizardry had trickled down to the ID’s brakes and steering. All of it seemed to be working perfectly when we took this one out for a test drive, and the whole car felt properly restored and well maintained.

It’s for sale at a fiver under £40k and the only sizeable disappointment with it is the lack of documentary evidence to support the previous work done, you you’ll have to assess what you can see. The Mercedes 280SL is one of four cars for sale tested in the latest issue

Buy a Maserati Ghibili II?

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Prices have been growing for this rare and eccentric Nineties power coupé, gradually taking it out of bargain exotica territory. Those tempting sub-£10k cars are likely to spoil the dream as soon as you discover the price and availability gaps with parts, but another £5-10k buys something smart, with the best regular Ghiblis £25-30k. For the desirable Ghibli Cup you can pay an extra £10-30k, depending on how good you want it to be.

If that seems like a lot of money, bear in mind that replacing a pair of tired turbos can cost £3k, nearly four times that on the Cup. Worth saving up for good one then. There’s quite a list of expensive parts on these cars, so it’s worth having a read of our detailed buying guide in the latest issue, so that you know which problems to run away from, or at least bargain hard against before you hand over your money. The reward for getting it right is a thrilling and distinctive car. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness was clearly not a car enthusiast. To find more market analysis and details of the latest market climbers and fallers, check out the latest issue