Most of the iconic supercars we mention here could be found under $100,000 price tag, which is considered as affordable for a classic car. The only reason for that is they were produced in comparatively large numbers so you will not have to kill to get one. At the same time, they so ingrained into our minds that they have become must-haves for most supercar aficionados.
Even if their modern siblings can sometimes outperform them in speed or safety, these cars grant an incomparable feeling of being inside an automotive legend. What is more, while the new sports cars lose tens of thousands of dollars in value each year, these have already depreciated and become classic, offering a steady growth for your buck and craze on the road.
Now let’s look at these gems and find out why they have become so sought after.
Many Porsche fans would give an arm and leg for the rear-engined Porsche 911 produced between 1994-1998, otherwise known by its internal code of Porsche 993. While newer Porsches are leaning towards touring, the 993 model has that real race character for which Porsches are loved. The last of classic air-cooled Porsches, it embodies the design that created a loyal fanbase for the brand, including the streamlined look and classic round headlights.
The non-turbo 993 needs 5.4 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour and has the top speed of 168 mph (270 km/h) while the turbocharged version needs only 3.7 seconds for the same with top speed higher by 14 mph (23 km/h). Despite the dynamics, the non-turbo model is preferred by purists for being rear-driven while the turbined version has the all-wheel drive not to mention that it is at least twice more expensive.
With the average price around $70.000 for non-turbo models, showing steady growth, Porsche 993 stands out as one of the best representatives of the brand and a remarkable example of a high-performance German car at its best.
Ford Mustang Boss
This model of the Ford Mustang, produced between 1969-1970, is a high-performance version of the 1st generation of the world’s famous pony car. With less than 2,000 original Boss 302 being old, they command a minimum price of around $50,000. Taking into account comparatively limited production and low starting price, Boss 302 looks like a very promising investment with prices expected only to grow.
With 302 cu in engine (5.0 L), this Ford Mustang reaches 60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds with the top speed of 157 mph (253 km/h). It was the first to have C-stripes on its side doors, which has become a distinctive feature of the Ford Mustang ever since. Being the first post-war muscle car in the U.S., Boss 302 is much more affordable than its senior brother Ford Mustang 429 (7.0-liter) priced well above $200,000 while having the same appeal of being an iconic American muscle car.
When mentioning the name of Ferrari, the picture of red Testarossa with door strakes or so-called cheese graters immediately comes to mind even if one does not know the name of the model. It comes as no surprise, given Hollywood’s love for Testarossas, which were featured wherever possible when the car was launched into production in the 80s including Miami Vice series and more modern Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Compared to modern Ferraris, Testarossa boasts rather modest race characteristics accelerating from 0 to 60 miles in 5.2 seconds with the top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). It is also neither the rarest nor the most expensive car from Ferrari’s stable with the initial price in the 80s starting from $45,000. Still, given the recognition and general love for Testarossas, current prices are on the run, starting just under $100,000 and it looks like they are not going to be there for long.
Astron Martin V8 Vantage
Although James Bond has chosen DB5 motor more often, our preferred and best selling model of Aston Martin is V8 Vantage, being also the choice of another British spy. Rowan Atkinson, famous for his love for British cars, not only has driven the red V8 Vantage as Johnny English but also owns its rare Zagato version in real life.
The 1993 Vantage model, coming as a more powerful version of Aston Martin Virage, had the top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h) and acceleration to 60 miles per hour in 4.6 seconds, showing one of the best dynamics for its time. Produced on the mass scale, this car is not expected to fetch millions for your investment. However, if you are looking for the classic British elegance and race spirit, V8 Vantage shows an excellent value-for-money ratio. The prices for the 93-year coupe version start from around $100,000, reaching $300,000 and more for the best cars.
As the name suggests, this one was a killer on the road for its time period from 1990 until 1998. The constant rival of Ferrari Testarossa for the hearts and souls on the wall posters, Diablo is now on the uprise as a new generation of car collectors is entering the market.
Its V12 engine accelerates Diablo to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). Add to that the scissor doors, or as they called Lambo doors, first introduced by Lamborghini on their cars, and you get the picture. The last of true Lambos before Volkswagen has taken the production; the Lamborghini Diablo embodies the design, construction, and the spirit of the brand. Prices for Diablos start from $100.000.
Although the average price on the market of rare collectible supercars can be quite high, there are a few of them which are within reach. These classic yet affordable supercars have made quite a buzz in the past and are attainable due to fairly large production numbers.
Featured in the movies, driven by celebrities and having beaten the racetrack, these cars are and will remain in demand, only growing in price as the number of collectible motors in mint condition with low mileage gets fewer each year. Still, their highest value will be not only the return on investment but also the joy of owning a real automotive legend.