Cars That are Worth Their Price

March 12, 2012

Over time most cars depreciate in value. But there are certain cars out there that hold their value well and have a chance of becoming a classic one day.

I’ve read stories of people buying a car for a certain amount of dollars, owning it for several years and then selling it for the same price it was purchased for.

Some cars are worth every penny. If you have some extra money to burn then it wouldn’t be a bad idea to buy one of the following cars.

BMW E30 M3

My favorite car in this list. The BMW E30 M3 is a limited edition sedan made from 1988 to 1991. On average I see around two or three of these cars a year. That’s how rare they are. But they don’t come cheap.

eBay seems to be the best bet for finding these cars but be warned they are very expensive to maintain.

As a result most owners neglect to perform maintenance and tend to drive these cars to the ground. These cars aren’t cheap to keep on the road.

If you have to worry about maintenance costs then this car isn’t for you. At least have another car as a daily driver if you decide to buy one.

Once in a while you’ll come across a cream puff but expect to pay a pretty penny to buy one. Low mileage and unmodified M3s usually command top dollar.

Even high mileage M3s can command top dollar as long as they are maintained well.

I had the pleasure of driving an M3 a few years back and it really felt as if the car was riding on rails. It didn’t feel powerful but performance wise it was awesome. Comfort wise, well let’s just say you don’t want to use this as your daily driver.

I like the clean lines of this car. It’s aggressive looking but not overly done.

How many E30 M3s do you see in your neck of the woods? I still get excited when I see one.

Nissan 300ZX Turbo 50th Anniversary

This special edition model was made in 1984 and in limited numbers. It looks identical to a normal turbo model except for a few special badges inside and outside of the car.

This car came with a 200 hp turbo engine from the factory. Now 200 hp might not seem like a big deal today but it was considered a lot of power back in the day. Even a 1986 Porsche 944 turbo came with only 217 hp.

The styling looks good even for today’s standards. I see these cars offered on eBay once in a while. Most are used and abused but occasionally you’ll spot a cream puff on the site.

If you think the E30 M3 is rare, this car is even more elusive. It’s been a long time time since I actually saw one on the road.

Audi Coupe GT

Audi made these cars from 1981 to 1987. Though the early models came with only 100 hp they weighed in at 2500 lbs making them feel as if they had more power.

The styling isn’t my cup of tea. You won’t see people looking twice when this car is on the road. It’s styling is as plain as vanilla.

When was the last time I saw one of these on the road? I don’t believe I ever have. Do these cars actually exist?

BMW 2002

These cars are fairly abundant on eBay and can typically be bought for less than ten grand.

They were made from 1966 to 1976 so it’s hard to find one that’s in original condition.

Instead of original cream puffs you’ll see a lot of cars that have been professionally restored.

I actually like the clean lines of the car and if I had the extra money would seriously look into buying one.

This list isn’t complete and I’m sure there are a lot of cars out there that give you the most bang for your buck.

Are there any cars missing from this list?

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