Updated on 7 July 2022

What is exceptional always retains its value!

By Shana Devleschoudere
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"If it's comparable, it's not Bugatti anymore" Ettore Bugatti.

"If it's comparable, it's not Bugatti anymore" Ettore Bugatti.

This week, as part of our series on the different ways to invest your money, we look at a sector that you don't always think about: nice cars.
Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, ... These names have become legendary. They have turned people's heads and still make many of us dream today. And if this remains a dream, it is because this fantasy comes at a price. Not everyone can afford these cars, others save up for a lifetime to be able to afford one of these incredible adult 'toys' one day. The type of investment we are going to discuss here is clearly not within everyone's reach, the amounts we are going to mention will allow you to quickly realise this...
From €350,000, that's the starting amount estimated by industry experts from which investing in a car can generate an impressive return with value stability that will increase as the economy recovers. This is not yet a sure thing. With a pandemic that is once again growing exponentially, a Russian-Ukrainian war that is going global, and climate change that is becoming more and more worrying as it progresses, we are not out of the woods yet. But since the theme of this newsletter is also a bit of a dream, let's continue: the pandemic is almost over, peace is returning, governments are finally showing courage and committing to a real ecological policy. Isn't that nice? If all the planets align, the economy will take off again, and that's when your investment in a car (aim for luxury) will prove to be a very good idea.
To support their assertion, our specialists base themselves on an investment index of a classic and quality vehicle, or even a prestige vehicle, spread over thirty years. As we know, luxury cars increase in value over the years. But from 2005 to 2008 alone, the index quadrupled. So, inevitably, this whets the appetite of some. Another telling fact: in 2020, Knight Franklin conducted a study showing a 3.29% increase in vintage car values in just four months. And in 2020, we were in the middle of a pandemic with no solution and no vaccine. But here, we must insist on the type of car, we are talking about an "old" vehicle. It is not with the one you use every day for your travels that you will make a fortune. This one is more likely to ruin you because of the price of fuel.
But what's priceless is the joy of getting behind the wheel of these cars, some of which are legendary. Take for example the Lamborghini Huracan STO, directly derived from a racing Lamborghini, the Supertrofeo. This powerful Italian has an engine and gearbox identical to the racing model. The engine is a naturally aspirated V10 with a displacement of 5.2 litres and 640 horsepower, one of the latest engines whose perfection is recognised by all experts. Imagine the sensations that an enthusiast can feel at the wheel of such a car today but also in the future when the production of internal combustion engines will be hypothetically banned! The proof is that a few privileged people do not hesitate to pay the price: during a sale at Artcurial last March, three Bentleys from 1960, 1961 and 1963 found a buyer for around €200,000 each.
In this special market, old cars are popular, as are special series (read vintage). And luxury cars age well, like good wine. Another sector where a well-made investment can be very interesting...
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