If you look at the price history of certain cars, it’s clear that their values have skyrocketed over the last decade or two. While the value of some models has increased tremendously in recent years, the global used cars The market has grown significantly. For example, the base price of a 1994 Toyota Supra Turbo was $40,250. The prices of fourth-generation Supras, particularly low-mileage turbos, have skyrocketed in recent years. One sold for $121,000 on Bringatrailer.com a few months ago, and two others have been auctioned for more than $175,000.
However, this is not the most expensive copy ever sold. That honor is reserved for the iconic orange Toyota Supra driven by the late Paul Walker in The Fast & Furious, which sold at auction in 2021 for a staggering $550,000. According to a recent Financial Review story, the value of rare classic cars is rising “faster than gold“. Cars with historical significance, such as those that pioneered new technologies or raised market expectations, can become collector’s items. A car’s racing history adds to its appeal, as does association with a well-known designer, racer, or manufacturer such as Raymond Loewy or Carroll Shelby.
The market for high-demand models has outperformed collectibles such as coins and stamps over the past decade, sometimes even outperforming the entire stock market index. With that in mind, let’s look at the prices of some of the most popular cars from around 10 to 20 years ago today.
10 Audi RS2 Avant (1994)
For most Audi enthusiasts, the RS2 Avant is a legend. Produced for only a year, it was partially created by Porsche and introduced the nickname “RS” to the general public. Without the RS2 Avant, there would be no Audi RS cars today.
It’s also rare, as Audi produced just under 3,000 units, none of which were sold in the United States. While the majority of Audi fans adore the RS2, American Audi fans are completely smitten with it. That’s why the car manufacturer’s first RS model is currently coming onto the market at a sensational price. The Audi RS2 Avant was listed on Bring a Trailer and sold for $77,500.
9 Mazda RX-7 FD3S
When describing the Mazda RX7, one word comes to mind: iconic. Few high-performance cars can boast such a cult following, especially years after production ceased. Because of its notoriety in popular culture (like Vin Diesel’s character driving one in the first Fast & Furious movie), distinctive looks, remarkable performance and unusual features (rear-wheel drive, rotary engine, light weight, etc.), the Mazda RX7 developed a loyal following among enthusiasts.
If you’re looking to buy one, you’ve probably noticed that they don’t come at a low price. A 4,000km 1994 Mazda RX-7 Touring was listed on Bring a Trailer and sold for $77,500.
8th BMW Z8 (2001)
Inspired by a rare, expensive and beautiful 507 of the late 1950s and powered by a famous super saloon powertrain, the BMW Z8 has been a collector’s item since the day it went on sale more than 20 years ago. The 507 was a failure due to its high price and BMW was determined not to repeat the mistake. To that end, the Z8 was priced starting at $128,000.
While it’s not cheap, there were a few reasons for the six-figure sum. A complex aluminum spaceframe supports the Z8, and each car is hand-built at BMW’s plant in Munich. Today, most Z8s sell for between $150,000 and $250,000. Prices vary based on mileage, condition and color. A Z8 was sold on Bringatrailer.com two years ago for $206,000. So what makes it so valuable? There are several reasons for this, the most important of which is its rarity, the Z8 was produced in less than 6000 units.
7 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 (1999)
The Nissan Skyline is possibly the most legendary of all Japanese “icon” cars of the 1990s/early 2000s. Only the Toyota Supra comes close, but even then we still think the Skyline GTR is one of the most desirable vehicles of all time – despite the fact that its import into the United States has been banned.
If you’ve been paying attention to classic car prices over the last few years – particularly the last 12 months – you know that the price of a Nissan Skyline GTR R34 has skyrocketed. For example, this Midnight Purple II R34 GTR was listed and sold for $310,000.
6 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 22B (1998)
On Bring a Trailer, a 1998 Subaru Impreza WRX STi 22B sold for six figures – $312,555. The car is one of just 424 produced, all right hand drive. Originally limited to 400 units for the Japanese market, Subaru later decided to make an additional 24 units for international markets. What makes the WRX STi 22B so special? Subaru was the manufacturer to beat in rallying in the 1990s, thanks in part to the efforts of star driver Colin McRae. Success led to the launch of the first Impreza WRX or World Rally Experimental in 1992, followed two years later by the first Impreza WRX STI.
Then, in 1998, the Impreza 22B STI became the most iconic model. It commemorated Subaru’s hat-trick in the World Rally Championship titles between 1995 and 1997, as well as the company’s 40th anniversary. The car featured a larger 2.2-liter engine and a widebody design similar to rally cars. In addition, it was marketed exclusively in the coupe body available at the time.
5 Ford GT (2006)
The first generation Ford GTs were limited to just over 4,000 units. While that might seem like a lot compared to second-generation supercars, consider that the Heritage Edition models were only produced for the 2006 model year, with a production limit of 343. These supercars are coveted for that reason alone, but there’s so much more to them.
The Ford GT is a mid-engined two-seater inspired by the all-conquering GT40 racers that beat Ferrari at Le Mans and won the legendary 24-hour race four years in a row. The chassis is made of aluminum and features front and rear double wishbone suspension. The vehicle’s exterior body panels are made of superplastic aluminum and it rides on 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels. So if you factor in its rarity, incredible style and appeal, it will end up costing you around $450,000 in today’s money.
4 Lexus LFA (2012)
The LFA is a very limited production vehicle; Only 500 units were planned from the start, with just a handful made each month by Lexus’ finest craftsmen. Such cars are typically hard to come by, let alone use on a race track.
The Lexus LFA (2012) starting price in 2011 was about $375,000, and its current average price is $750,000. The reason why this car is so expensive is that it is almost entirely custom: it has a unique engine, transmission, interior, instrument cluster, dashboard, styling, etc. that are not found on any other Lexus be shared model. This vehicle was completely redesigned from the ground up.
3 Porsche 959 (1988)
It is no exaggeration to say that the Porsche 959 was the most technologically advanced vehicle of its time. While the 959 was based on the outdated 911 and retained the rear-wheel drive, air-cooled, flat-six engine, it also incorporated a number of cutting-edge technologies, making it a true game-changer for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. This is the true story of a true legend.
The Porsche 959 has increased in value significantly since its introduction; where they originally sold for $225,000, they now average $875,000
2 Ferrari F50 (1996)
The F50 is without a doubt one of the most iconic cars of the 1990s as it symbolizes Ferrari’s 50-year history of continuous development and fusion of road and racing technology. The supercar enabled Ferrari’s most loyal customers to experience performance and exhilaration previously reserved for Formula 1 racers. Only 349 examples were made, with the last rolling off the assembly line in July 1997.
This is one of the reasons why the F50 is one of the most sought after Ferrari supercars by investors and enthusiasts alike. For $4 million, a one-of-a-kind, like-new Ferrari F50 can be yours.
1 McLaren F1
McLaren is known for producing some of the best driving cars on the market and the F1 is no exception. The F1 was the fastest production car in the world, a record it has held for almost 30 years. When it was launched in the mid-1990s, it cost between $800,000 and $1 million.
Today, you’ll pay more than $20 million for the pleasure of owning one of just 106 examples built. It’s that legendary! A coveted collector car due to its rarity and importance in motoring history, the McLaren F1 became the most expensive car to be auctioned in 2021 and the most expensive McLaren F1 ever sold. It sold for $20.5 million.
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