I know, I know. Cars are a horrible investment. You will never make money and they cost money just sitting in the garage. When you decide to drive them, you are just a fool if you're doing this to make money on a resale someday.. This is the normal statement from anybody concerning vehicle investment. Most times you won't make money and most times you're going to want to drive your car. With all that being said, there are a few decent cars out there that I feel are worth looking into. Obviously, if you buy a 1970 Boss 302 you aren't going to lose money on it really. But then again, you probably won't gain any money either because these have almost peaked and have also seriously gone up in value compared to where they were 20 years go. I won't claim that these are all a sure thing, but if I had the garage space to let a vehicle sit without driving it for 10-20 years, I would easily pick one of these.
1. C4 Corvette ZR-1
The C4 Corvette is a crazy good bargain right now. Refinement isn't really there, but you can get a Corvette for the price range of a Chevrolet Spark. The King of the Hill though, the original ZR-1... These are something of legend. The later ones(93-95) were arguably the best looking and they had the most horsepower. Any of these with low mileage from 1990-1995 are going to be collectibles though and I have a few reasons. The main one is, you never see them. People really don't drive these much and it wasn't something that everyone bought back in the 90s. The ZR-1 cost nearly double compared to a regular C4, which tells you that this car is something special. Only a little over 6,000 were made in Kentucky and it kind of showed you what Chevrolet could do if they focused in that 90s period. You aren't going to be the fastest guy out there, but for something to stare at in the corner of your garage... I can only see these cars going up. Kept in stock form, maintained well, and knowing the history is going to be key for this. They aren't cheap to begin with, but I think they'll be worth a good amount in 15-20 years.
2. Buick Grand National
Now for a minute, forget about the GNX. They are far too valuable for the average person If you don't know what I'm talking about, go watch Black Air right now. The Grand National is another vehicle that if you owned one, at least me, I'd feel bad daily driving it. They just seem like cars that need to be parked and then just watch the value go up. In the past ten years, these have shown evidence of growth. Many times, they are beat to snot and modified beyond reason. Bone stock, original, and decently low mileage versions of the Grand National will only go up in value as the years move on. This is one of those cars that only certain people "get" - If you told most people you spent 20k on this old, black two door - they'd probably look at you like you're nuts. This Buick has a unique following and there is always somebody who will buy it from you down the road.
3. '95-'99 Nissan 240SX - S14
This one is a major gamble, but not a very expensive one. First job is to actually find one with low miles and also no major modifications(Good Luck). The next step is to let it sit, and wait. I don't foresee this making you huge mega bucks like a Shelby Cobra did back in the 80s, but these will go up. The main reason, you just don't see them in nice shape. A similar investment would be a DSM Talon/Eclipse. Not a vehicle that everyone is clamoring for, but at the same time having a clean one is few and far between. The '95-'99 240 was an upgrade over the first gen, had GTR looks, and drove pretty good. These weren't fast by any means and that is why they've all been modded so much. The last couple years had low production numbers, so once again good luck finding one.
4. 2002 F-Body (Camaro/Trans Am)
The LS1 F-Body vehicles are seriously one of the best deals out there. 300+ horsepower, looks that are still relevant, cheap parts and of course a cheap asking price. For these reasons, everyone buys them and then does what we love - modify. Finding one of these in stock form isn't hard, but give it time. Eventually, this will be like the fox body 5.0 Mustang - finding one without flowmasters and the distributor rubber removed is an act of god. The same goes for these F-Bodies. Everyone changes out the air lid, exhaust and whatever else they can afford. With that being said, the last model year kept unmolested and clean is going to be worth something down the road. I would especially put stock into a highly optioned SS from SLP or even a WS6 Trans Am. These were the cream of the crop and not something you'd see everyday.
I am hesitant to put this one. The main reason is I am 50/50 with thinking it will increase in value. To me, they still look cool, but only in all black. If you find one of those Typhoons with the teal and gray color scheme... I just don't know. For me though, 20 years from now finding a clean, low mileage all black Typhoon or Syclone will be very cool. They didn't haul or tow much, but they were AWD and quick. Most times these have had the wheels driven off or setup for the strip. Like everything else I have mentioned, finding one to invest in is your biggest hurdle. The interiors look dated and this was that time period when GM quality wasn't that high, so stuff wore out quickly. Your best bet is to find one without much wear and tear, then you wait.
All five of these vehicles I don't see going down in price, unless you pay too much to begin with. I wouldn't expect crazy Barret-Jackson bidding wars on any of these either, but you never know. If you find any of these on eBay or Craigslist, post a link in the story or on one of our social media sites. Speculating car value is interesting and everyone has their own opinion. What are some vehicles you feel would be good to invest in? I'm sure there are more out there.... Let us know!