Originally Posted by captainaudio
The BMW 507 is one of the few post war BMWs that has a stronf presence in the collector car market. The Z8 has held its value but has not really appreciated. IMO the 2800CS and 3.0CS BMW coupes from the 70s are very undervalued and may be the best investment opportunity of modern BMWs. The chances of any of the current BMW models appreciating is very slim.
Most cars will depreciate for a while and then start to increase in value. Rarely do they appreciate past what they cost new, particularly when you take inflation into consideration.
There are some cars that have had a tremendous increase in value. A few months ago Rober Cumberford of Automobile Magazine wrote that in the late 60s a Belgian dealer offered him two Ferrari GTOs for $7,000. Cumberford passed on the deal. Today the combined value of those two Ferraris is probably $50,000,000.
It is impossible to predict which cars will become valuable collectables. In 1969 who would have predicted that in 40 years a Plymouth Hemi Cuda would be worth more than a Ferrari Daytona?
Spot on regarding the 2800 and 3.0 CS. But realistically, The Z8 is a real world investment. I've been amazed at how they retain their value. If someone wants to buy a car that will actually make money, the late fifties and early sixties GM specialty full sized cars are good investments. Can't go wrong with '30s and '40s luxury cars, either.