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Making money from cars


Many people will tell you that shares in a successful company, property or commodities are great ways to invest your money and well, they would be right. But what if I told you that certain vehicles that have been on sale over the past decade or so could have been seen as an investment?

You’d think I must have gone mad, too much petrol inhalation or something; however, there are a few cars that if you had bought an example and kept it in good condition, you’d be smiling all the way to the bank.

The old saying “you have to spend money to make money” rings true in this case, so if you’re like me and couldn’t even afford to pay attention, then at least see this piece as some interesting reading. Here are six cars that would have made you money had you purchased one years ago.

1. BMW 1-series M - The ‘baby’ M Car that the world saw go in to production back in 2011 was a masterpiece. It made use of the twin-turbo N55 motor from the Z4 35is that was good for 250kW/450Nm, while on the suspension and braking front, the car made use of bits from the V8-powered M3 of the time. Just over 6 000 units were produced worldwide. Some sources claim that 71 reached local shores whiles others state just over 100 units made SA home. Either way it is a rare and very valuable car. The list price when new was R537 500, however these days you’d be lucky to get a good one for R700 000 meaning that even if you had purchased one and driven it until now, you’d still make a bit of money or at least not have lost any of your hard-earned Rands.

2. BMW M3 CSL - The E46 CSL is considered one of the great BMW M Cars. Just 65 were brought to South Africa and carried a price tag of around R940 000, which at the time was quite hefty. The cars dropped in value over the years however in the last year or so, values have skyrocketed with clean examples selling for around R1.4-million locally.

3. Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991) - The 991 GT3 RS has been an incredible success for the Porsche brand. It is one of the most desirable cars on the planet and for the handful of lucky local owners who paid just over R3-million for their examples; the scintillating driving experience is just one of its virtues. There are reports of these vehicles fetching around R5-million in the used market, such is the demand. Now that’s what I call an investment.

4. Ford Focus RS Mk II - The motoring world has been abuzz in 2016 with the excitement surrounding the third generation Ford Focus RS and how it encapsulates what a modern hot hatch should represent. However, the car that preceded the current model retailed for R479 000 back in 2010. All sixty units were sold and since then a clean example would command a R100-R200 000 premium over its initial list price.

5. Volkswagen Golf VII GTI Clubsport S - The VW Clubsport has already hit local shores, however the Nürburgring lap record-smashing ‘S’ version is set to arrive in October of this year. We will only get 47 units and with pricing around the R700 000 mark, lucky owners will have something rather special that will very likely make them some money.

6. Nissan Skyline GTR (R32, R33, R34) - The cars that gave the Nissan Skyline GTR its notorious ‘Godzilla’ nickname were going for very reasonable prices in years past. However, these days demand for these tuner cars has soared, as have the prices. It is becoming increasingly difficult to get these cars in to South Africa, and even more so to get them registered on local number plates. If you have a proper four-wheel drive GTR with the infamous RB26DETT engine, expect to make a tidy profit from it if you’ve owned it for a few years.

There are a number of other examples out there. Can you think of any? Write to us. Check out our next edition where I’ll be listing six reasonable priced cars that enthusiasts need to look at.

Article written by Sean Nurse
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