10 Classic Sports Cars You Should Invest In Now Before Prices Skyrocket

10 Classic Sports Cars You Should Invest In Now Before Prices Skyrocket

If you’ve looked at the used car market in recent months, you were probably shocked to see the values of many cars you wouldn’t ordinarily think to be worth so much. Prime examples of this can be found at the 2022 Red-Hot auction, bringing in over $480 million.

The truth is, with car companies experiencing supply chain issues for new cars, it’s been almost impossible to buy a brand-new vehicle, so used cars have shot up in value. But this isn’t just nearly-new cars because we’ve also seen this trend across classics and modern classics, even ones with modern engines. So, here are 10 classic sports cars that we think are worth investing in now before their prices skyrocket:



10 BMW M3 (E46)

BMW E46 M3 CSL Front Quarter View

BMW launched the E46-generation of 3 Series back in 1997, and it was an instant hit – selling millions of units. And then, in the year 2000 they unleashed the mighty M3 version and this seriously impressed buyers and admirers alike.

Looking at what the current M cars are like, we think this classic straight-six-powered M3 with a six-speed manual transmission is a real sweet spot and could demand very high prices in the coming years. The E46 M3 even makes for a great drift car, if that’s your thing.

9 Lotus Elise S1

via Lotus

In 2021, Lotus decided it was time to wave goodbye to its popular Elise model after a 25-year run. Losing the Elise and Exige was a sad moment for all car enthusiasts until the Emira, its replacement, was launched. But what this does mean for existing and prospective Elise owners, are older car values.

There’s no doubt that the Elise S1 will sell for big bucks in the near future as a look back at what a true lightweight, manual, raw driving experience is like.

8 Mercedes-Benz SL500 (R129-generation)

Mercedes-Benz SL 600L

You may look at the SL500 and instantly think it’s an ‘old man’s car’ but you would be wrong. The mighty R129 SL500 is powered by a meaty 5.0-liter V8 engine with 322hp and a ride quality to die for. No, seriously, these things make for the ultimate top-down cruiser.

So, with all that grunt and a really pleasant driving experience, coupled with extremely high levels of tech for the 90s, you’re in for an absolute winner. Oh, and journalist and Top Gear presenter Chris Harris has one, if that helps.

7 Porsche 996 Carrera 4S

Red Porsche 911 996 C4S coupe
via autoevolution.com

Now, the obvious choice would have been to opt for the Turbo or Turbo S variant of the 996 generation of 911, but we think there’s an alternative sweet spot, and one that has been creeping up in value over the past couple of years.

That is of course the Carrera 4S – an all-wheel drive Carrera S with a wider body and looks to die for. If you can find a clean one of these with a manual gearbox in a great spec, then we have no doubt you’ll be laughing in a few years’ time.

6 Dodge Viper (SR1)

The Dodge Viper SR1
Via: Wikimedia

Sure, there’s the hardcore Dodge Viper SRT up for grabs, and while that is a great car, we think the first-ever Viper is the one to have if you want to see some potential financial upside further down the road. The first thing that’ll catch your eye when it comes to the SR1 is its 400hp, 8.0-liter V10 engine – making it one of the greatest-sounding V10s of all time.

This soundtrack is among the greatest noises to come out of America, and we’re talking about a country that produced Guns ‘N’ Roses and Metallica.

5 Porsche 944

The Porsche 944 S2
Via Porsche

While the aforementioned 996 911 is a great bet, we also think it’s worth considering the less admired 944. This is a really misunderstood car in Porsche’s history, and it’s probably because it’s not rear-engined and doesn’t have a flat-six. But you need to appreciate it for what it really is.

Powering the 944 is a 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder engine which, in many ways, inspired the modern 718 Cayman/Boxster engine. They are quirky, great to drive, and will no doubt start to gain traction as enthusiasts look back at Porsche’s incredibly dynamic history.

4 Renault Sport Spider

Renault Sport Spider - Front
Via Bure Valley Classics

One car we wouldn’t blame you for not knowing is the Renault Sport Spider. This is a sports car that was recently made available to be imported into America after so many years, and US citizens should be lucky to have something so special in their presence.

So what is it? Well, this is a car that was made in the late 90s to promote Renault as a ‘sporty brand’ much like the Renault 5 Turbo had done 10 years earlier. Only around 1800 cars were ever made, with just 100 making it to the UK. So it’s pretty safe to say that this is a rare car, and one that will climb in value in no time.

3 Honda S2000

2008 Honda S2000
Via: Bring A Trailer

Instead of opting for the obvious choice and choosing a Miata, we thought we’d take this slightly left field and opt for the legendary Honda S2000. This is a convertible Japanese sports car produced between 1999 and 2009, and it’s very special because of what’s sitting under the hood.

Powering this little pocket rocket is a naturally aspirated in-line four-cylinder engine that revs all the way up to 8,800 RPM, so you really feel that scream just before you change up a gear. We believe these are stonking value for money at the moment and that these prices will only rise in the future.

2 BMW Z4

2006 BMW Z4

Like the Porsche 944, the BMW Z4 is another car that is often misunderstood. Most people wanting a convertible German sports car in the early 2000s went out and bought either a Mercedes SLK or an Audi TT, but little did they know what a deal they were missing out on.

Used examples of early Z4s are going for little money at the moment, and with the new Supra/Z4 alliance, we don’t see why these values won’t start creeping up in the coming years.

1 Lotus Esprit

1977 Lotus Esprit S1
Via: Bond Lifestyle

Last but certainly not least on this list is yet another Lotus, but unlike the Elise, the Esprit isn’t a recently discontinued car. In fact, Lotus hasn’t sold any since 2004. Shaped by Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and constructed by Lotus, we believe this is one of the coolest automotive collaborations that happened at that time.

We think these will sell for big bucks one day, not only because of their looks, but also because this was, and still is, one of the most iconic Bond cars ever made.

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