TVR V8S on the up
Values of TVR V8Ss have leapfrogged the Chimaera, upsetting a long-established hierarchy that favoured the newer models.
Until now, depreciation of the Chimaera effectively capped V8S values as buyers preferred its more modern looks and better handling. Now that the Chimaera has slipped from secondhand modern to classic status, its greater build numbers are counting against it.
With fewer than 50 V8Ss left in the UK, buyers need £15k for a good one and that figure is only likely to go one way.
Alfa 2600s come out of the shadows
Prices for Alfa 2600 Spiders and Sprints are being driven up by buyers who favour glamorous styling and fine engineering over backlane sporting dynamics.
You can now pay £90k and £48k respectively for the Touring and Bertone-designed Sixties cruisers respectively. With their handsome twin overhead cam straight sixes offering 145bhp, they offer a taste of the Aston Martin/Maserati highlife for a fraction of the cost. A smart and very stylish way to spend your money indeed.
Classic winners and losers
More than 60 classics have jumped in value since the last update to the Classic Cars magazine Price Guide, and the list published in the latest issue makes fascinating reading.
Despite a widely-reported cooling off classic values in 2016 there are plenty of exceptions, ranging from obviously hot models like the BMW M535i (up 54% to £10k in top condition) to the quietly-appreciated Swallow Doretti (up 50% to £60k). Tellingly, there are no Ferraris or early Porsche 911s in the top slots, though high-performance versions of the 993 generation cars are increasingly appreciated for their last-of-the-air-cooled status.
You can still find decent early Exige S2s for less than £20k if you’re happy to buy something with more than 50,000 miles, but prices climb via mid and high twenties to low thirties if you target lower mileage, an S1 or one of the higher spec cars like an S or Cup.
Whichever you go for, it’s guaranteed to thrill like little else this side of a Ferrari F40, but without the terrifying running costs. But it is a specialised car, and one that has attracted enthusiastic drivers keen to push it to the limit, and sometimes beyond. So you need to go armed with the detailed buying guide in the latest issue of Classic Cars magazine. Get it right and this pocket-sized Le Mans racer for the road will change your attitude to twisting Tarmac forever.
We want this
This 40k-mile Austin A95 Westminster would be perfect carriage for taking in 2017’s events. It’s in lovely condition and a real time machine from an era of greatcoats and trilby hats. With its torquey 2.6-litre C-series straight and automatic gearbox it wafts along the straights nicely, and isn’t afraid of corners either. When we tested it for the latest issue of Classic Cars it was up for a whiff under £14k, which sounds like a fair chunk of cash for a Fifties exec saloon, until you consider how scarce these have become, and the costs of trying to bring a rough one up to this condition.