Ahh.... Summer. I like summer. But I hate the sun. That may be because I'm a redhead, so I turn as red as a tomato. So as much as I like to SAY I like summer, the truth is that I spend most of it indoors, dreaming of the cars I'd like to own. Only difference between myself and most dreamers, is that I look at the big picture. And so should you.
Not all of us can afford a 1963 Ferrari 250GTO. The people who can afford them can also afford a years worth of bad investments, hot babes, and enough flowing, high end champagne, that they can bankrupt a high end club as quickly as you can say "Shit".
Most of us can only dream of being this rich. But the thing is... Ferrari 250GTO's were at one point, relatively cheap 'used'. At one point in the late 60's, you could pick one up for 10,000 dollars. Keep in mind that the average new Mustang 390GT was about $5000, and then you start to realize just how cheap they were. That would be like paying $40,000 for a V8 5.0 today, when you can buy an Enzo for $80,000.
Which would you rather take the loan out on? I'd live in a BBQ if it meant I could wheel an Enzo around.
Here's the thing... Car inflation occurs every 30 years. Don't believe me? Let's take a look at what was popular in the past couple decades, decade-wise, for car collectors:
2010's = Late 60's/Early 70's exotica
2000's = 1960's Muscle Cars
1990's = 1950's American Cars
1980's = 1940's European Cars
1970's = 1930'a Art Deco
1960's = 1920's Hot Rod's
Starting to see a trend?
It's called a mid life crisis, and it seemingly effects almost all of us guys. We pine for the car we wanted as kids. The car that was "Too cool for school." 30 years after high school, we've finished paying off the house, and the wife allows us a toy. And we aim BIG.
If you grew up in my generation, for us kids, those cars were the Skyline GT-R, Supra TT, NSX, and RX-7's. Silvia's came close behind, as did the Cosmo, the Soarer, the MR-2, the older models of these rides, and so on.
But the 2000's are over. We're living in the 2010's now. And they're almost half over themselves.
Which means you have about 5 years left to save and purchase your "dream car" or "investment" at bargain bin prices.
Don't have room? Rent a garage. Rent a backyard. Dismantle the car and hide it in pieces in different places.
Trust me, you WANT to buy them now.
Now, I know what you're thinking... "But these cars were made in far greater numbers than the 250 GTO, or Shelby GT500SS". And you're right. But guess what? The population when these cars were new was about 4 billion.
Now? Just over 7 billion. And it's not going to get any lower any time soon. Which means that in relation to population, the BNR34 GT-R M-Spec Nür, with it's production run at 150, will seem absolutely tiny in 15 years.
But within 5 years, investors will see the trend, and the market will begin to rise slowly. You can already see this trend in 80's/90's exotics, which are the next big thing... A McLaren F1 just sold for 10 million.
I wanted to write this post to give you some insight as to what to save for should you want to buy a second house or even your first house, in 15 years or so. So I've compiled a list of UBER rare machines from Japan that are still relatively expensive right now, but will most certainly not get any lower than they are now. I've also compiled a list of cars that fall into the "Middle Investment" stable, which means you can buy them now at a decent price. And then I've compiled the "Low end" list, which are filled with cars you can pick up cheap now, if you can find them.
Nissan Skyline GT-R (BNR32, BCNR33, BNR34) M-Spec Nür, Z-Tune [$500,000 currently], V-Spec II Nür, NISMO R/S-Tune, V-Spec II, V-Spec, 400R, Autech 4-Door, Autech HCR32-R, NISMO 1990, and especially all N1 Versions)
Honda/Acura NSX (Type-S, Zanardi, Type-R)
Toyota Supra JZA80 Twin Turbo (RZ, RZ-S, TRD 3000GT)
Mazda RX-7 (Bathurst R, Spirit R, Efiñi [USDM], Mazdaspeed)
Subaru Impreza WRX 22B STi
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS models
Nissan Skyline (GTS-T, GTS25t, GT-R [basic model], GTT, Nismo GTS-t, DR30, and all Altia Indiglo products)
Mazda RX-7 (Efiñi [JDM], RS, Type-R, Touring, FC3S Turbo II)
All Mitsubishi Evolution and Subaru Impreza WRX-STi models
Nissan Silvia/240SX/180SX (All models, especially the R-Tune S15, J's S13, and Sileighty)
Toyota Corolla Trueno/Levin AE86 • (All hatch models non-USDM)
Toyota MR2 (SW20 Turbo)
Toyota Supra (MA70/JZA70 Turbo Manuals and JZA80 SZ's)
Toyota Soarer (All models, although the older they get the less they'll be worth)
Datsun/Nissan Z (300ZX Twin Turbo, S30)
Honda S2000 (All models)
Honda Beat (All models)
Mazda AZ1 Autozam
Toyota Aristo (Later models with 2JZ-GTE)
Lower End/Just an investment, pretty much guaranteed to make some money on, so long as the car is in decent shape:
All JDM cars not mentioned from all post 1984
Nissan 300ZX (All other models)
Toyota Supra/MR2 (All other models)
Mazda RX-7 (All other models)
Mazda Miata MX-5 (89-02)
Now that I've finished the list, you know what to find. What will be interesting is just how high in value the NSX, Supra and N1 GT-R's will rise.
The key thing will be either buying cars that are stock, or tuned with extremely rare parts and shops. Some examples of rarity in parts:
Tomei, Abflug, NISMO, Pentroof, RE Amemiya, FEED, Veilside, Revolfe, Auto Garage TBK, Mines, R*Magic, Auto Select and other super expensive or rare, well recognized Japanese shops.
Also keep in mind that Automatic cars should not be crossed off the list. Within 15 years, almost all cars will be sold with Automatics anyways. However, Manuals will still have a higher value.
This is your best bet to make money. Put them away, make sure they're in good, solid, clean condition (No repairs, no hack job tuning, or small time "tune shop" setups), and remember to drive them every once in awhile. Enjoy your dream car now... And profit later.
Oh, and if you own a super rare classic muscle car now? I envy you. Because by the time the JDM cars raise in value, the Muscle Cars will be at the current 250 GTO investment territory.
Now, if only I could find some sunscreen...