Looking into my automotive crystal ball, I see a number of reasonably priced Japanese cars with the potential to go up in value, not down.
And while you wait for their price to rise, these collector cars of the future should give you endless driving pleasure – that is, until you sell!
That’s how I started my collector car column back in 2013. I think it’s time to re-evaluate my choices and now I wish I’d taken more notice of myself. Ahem.
Now to be fair, I’ve not always been right so there’s a caution. In 1973, I recall talking to a man who had just returned to the UK from Australia. He told me about a car called a Honda Civic, which would make a Mini look ridiculous in comparison. My immediate reaction was that I had seen the Toyota Corollas that were just beginning to arrive in England and felt that the Mini did not have anything to worry about. Japanese cars were cheap and would not catch on.
(How wrong was I?)
If you still have one of the first generation Honda Civics, the majority were finished in a metallic gold, blue or green and I suggest you look after it. These cars appeal to the demographic that grew up with them and they are already collectible cars.
As you will see in this update, early Japanese cars have become much sought after so let’s look at some of the most popular. If you can find a survivor or rust-free stunner, you might just want to consider counting out the cash. In this update, I’ll quote the prices from 2013 and the current range of prices for vehicles in good condition. Naturally, there are some that will sell for less and others far more than this range. Nevertheless, this gives you an idea of their increasing value.