American Consequences - June 2019

Ralph Steadman caricatures of Italian tanks ($368,500 to $467,000). The one Lambo that’s currently tempting is the 12-cylinder Espada (a 1970 version for $198,600). Espadas should be attracting closer to $300,000. Get one that’s perfect, because servicing Lamborghinis requires two NASA engineers and a Boston neurosurgeon. Which leaves us sifting through the miscellaneous bin. Look hard at no Dodge Vipers except the final 2014-17 model, which is the only half-civilized version that will likely rise in value. Check out the action in 1994 Toyota Supra Twin Turbos (a ’94 for $51,000), as well as that car’s two period nemeses, the Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo (a 1996 version for $30,000) and a 1993 Mazda RX-7 for like money. All three are hot right now.


You might also profitably loiter in junkyards to scoop up any drivable ’60s-era VW Microbus or Transporter (a ’63 double-cab Transporter sold for $64,950 and a ’66 21-window Microbus for $110,000). They’re cheap to restore. If you’re disciplined enough to buy a car and park it in Saran Wrap for 10 years, grab a brand-new Acura NSX, any McLaren (a 2012 MP4-12C for $110,000), an Alfa Romeo 4C, or even the original Tesla Roadster ($45,000 to $60,000), which rides on a Lotus platform (Lotus being a marque investors associate with eczema).

Servicing Lamborghinis requires two NASA engineers and a Boston neurosurgeon.

1962 FERRARI 250 GTO

2017 FORD GT

By Patrick Ernzen


June 2019

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