MARKET WATCH September 2018, week 5

We asked six market experts to tip the cars that are behind the market, but are likely to move up so are best bought now. The current issue features the top 30 of their choices, from £5k-10m. Here are six more.

BMW is undervalued

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Emanuele Collo, Kidston SA
‘It’s such great fun…entertaining, thrilling, engaging, a handful. And no longer easy to find. Fast even by modern standards but with this combination of old and new in the driving experience that gives it a lot more character than a brand-new M-car.’

‘Roadsters are a lot easier to find, but the coupé might be the better investment. It came from an era when BMW’s sports-roadster, the Z1, was just an oddity, so this made a huge splash. The replacement, the Z4, was less so - it could never repeat the surprise of the Z3M, which was quite similar to the first Audi RS4 in the impact it made. And I think the Z3M is already ageing better than the Z4M.’ To read our experts’ tips on the Hot 30 cars to buy now, check out the latest issue

Lancia Aurelia is sure to move

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Maarten ten Holder, RM Sotheby’s
‘Yes, you might need to spend a bit more for a good one, but they are still out there for less. Beware, though - they were cheap for quite a long time and they’re pretty much hand-made cars that need skillfull restoration. Something like £75k to £140k covers most of them but you could end up spending a lot on a bad one.’

‘Those with most investment potential - Mille Miglia-eligible but with the later De Dion rear end, so that’s fourth series cars of 1954 and ’55. Earlier ones are lighter, purer with less power; later fifth and sixth series are a little more luxurious and flashy.’ To read our experts’ tips on the Hot 30 cars to buy now, check out the latest issue

The Porsche 962 is behind the market

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Edward Bridger-Stille, Historics at Brooklands
‘I've always wanted to drive a Group C Le Mans car. I'm quite sure I would kill myself by the first corner however, but to drive one of these magnificent beasts, designed purely to go as fast as possible for 24 hours only with no allowances made for driver comforts or indeed anything else apart from a massive engine strapped to some wheels, would be the biggest thrill. I would obviously also require a full team of mechanics and a co-driver. I'm thinking Derek Bell...

Edward pushed this a bit, claiming that a few 962s built by the likes of Kremer, Dauer and Vern Schuppan escaped onto the road and therefore made it a valid choice. It seems quite a few privateer versions were built, sometimes with Porsche factory-supplied bits attached to a DIY tub. Schuppan certainly got Reynard to produce 5 or 6 rather ugly road versions with 935-type engines. I’d be quite surprised if you could buy one for £250k. To read our experts’ tips on the Hot 30 cars to buy now, check out the latest issue

This Jaguar is a steal

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Stephen Halstead, JBR Capital
‘Posters of the XJ220 may not have been on as many bedroom walls as the Ferrari F40, but this is a serious supercar that appears heavily undervalued and has been for some years. The car’s story is interesting – originally 350 were to be produced but the decline of the market in the early 90s, an increase in asking price from £360k to £410k (about £880k in today’s money) and the loss of a promised V12 powerplant in favour of a V6 turned a lot of buyers off, leading to just 281 hitting the road.

In spite of its poor initial reception, the XJ220 was in a class of its own. Let’s not forget, this was the fastest production car in the world, with the potential to reach 217mph (compared to the F40s 199mph). Yes, it’s a big beast (7 feet 3 inches wide and 16 feet long!) and this isn’t a car for knocking around London’s restricted roads but it’s a very useable, driveable car on road and on the racetrack.

Only now are values starting to match its original 1992 asking price of £420k but for many years it could barely knock the £150k barrier, only starting its rise in 2015 as it topped £320k. Surviving cars are in the hands of true enthusiasts and collectors, so very few appear on the market. Comparing it to its direct competitors, there were 337 Porsche 959s and a whopping 1,311 Ferrari F40s produced, and these are both cars that have skyrocketed in recent years, so the XJ220 is a car I’d love to see in my garage.’ To read our experts’ tips on the Hot 30 cars to buy now, check out the latest issue

The Aston to chase

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Maarten ten Holder, RM Sotheby’s
‘What’s the difference between this and a 250SWB? They’re both very famous competition GTs, shortened versions of existing road cars and an important part of one of motorsport’s golden ages. But a genuine 250SWB is now beyond £10m because of its association with the 250GTO, while the Aston is a £3m car. It will never catch the 250SWB but it has the potential to go up, especially if there’s good period competition history, or celebrity ownership.’ To read our experts’ tips on the Hot 30 cars to buy now, check out the latest issue

Only two wheels, but…

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Edward Bridger-Stille, Historics at Brooklands
‘Got to have a bike in there somewhere, something meaty with an exhaust note to die for. The Vincent Rapide will blow those cobwebs away like nothing else on earth!’ To read our experts’ tips on the Hot 30 cars to buy now, check out the latest issue