MARKET WATCH, November 2017

GORDON KEEBLE GK1

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Gordon Keebles have jumped 25% since our last update, with top condition cars joining the six-figure club at £100k. Prices start at £30k, which will buy you a project car, while £50k buys something tidy that you can use and £75k netting you a sharp example. That's if you can find one for sale – with just 100 built, and most in the hands of dedicated owners, they don't come up for sale often.

It's easy to see why. The combination of handsome GT styling by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro and a 5.4-litre Chevrolet Corvette engine would be hard to tire of.

ALFA SPIDER

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Alfa Spiders have also moved smartly, with S2 (Kamm tail) models up 20% and even the relatively unloved S3 (black aerodynamic add-ons) is up 26% and the smooth body kitted S4 up further still at 27%. That means £21k for the best S2, with sharp examples £14k and tidy drivers £7k. S3s and S4s run at approximately 57% and 67% of those prices respectively.

Even with these recent moves, the Alfa Spider still looks a good buy compared to rival British Sports cars like the Triumph TR4, especially when you remember that they were not far short of double the price when new.

PRICE GUIDE WINNERS AND LOSERS

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The 56 climbers in the current issue price guide update range from the Mercedes 230 SL, up a modest 2.5%, to the Jaguar MkX and 420G, up a thumping 67%, meaning £57.5k and £14k for sharp examples of each.

The top ten contains an eclectic mix including BMW E30 3 Series convertible (up 25%), Volvo PV544 (up 38%) and Mazda Cosmo (up 50%). The others are split between Jaguar, Porsche, Alfa Romeo, Gordon Keeble and Ford.

Despite talk of a classic car market downturn, which largely applies of a few over-hyped makes, models on the up still outnumbers fallers by nearly three to one in this update. The biggest casualties make the point, with the Ferrari 365 GTC/4 down 11% and 993 generation Porsche 911 Turbo Ss down 10%. In fact, Porsche and Ferrari models make up nearly half of the top 19 fallers this month, though none has lost a catastrophic sum.

BUY A JAGUAR XJR

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When you discover that £3000 buys a good 370bhp Jaguar XJR, it's time to take notice. Note I said 'good', this isn't an entry level price for some worn-out, rusty and neglected car. And for double that you can expect the best. So much power, such good looks, so little money. I'd be surprised if the good examples don't become more expensive in the future, especially because Jaguar's image is on the up with a properly modern and exciting range.

There are some faults that can quickly make your bargain performance Jaguar into a bad deal, but the six-point guide in the current issue of Classic Cars magazine will help you steer around those.

WE WANT THIS ASTON MARTIN

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The 1968 Aston Martin DB6 manual that we test in the current issue of Classic Cars is in the sorted and ready-to-drive condition that can take an age and a fortune to achieve if you start off with a bad example and try to make it right.

Compared to the DB5 that it replaced, the DB6 is roomer, more stable at speed and just over half the price in equivalent condition. The 1996 restoration has stood up well and the car still looks smart, but there are a few signs of use and ageing since then.

The Aston is one of four cars for sale that we evaluate in the current issue.