Saturday, November 14, 2009

Looking for an Oldtimer - lots of choices

When a car turns 30 years old, then it's called an "Oldtimer". In Switzerland it's called a "Veteran". Being 30 years makes a lot of things easier (in Switzerland, but also many other European countries). You can apply for special number plates, cheaper insurance and you only need to go to the Swiss equivalent of MOT every six years, assuming the car is in good shape and original configuration. Now an interesting question is what cars would fit this scheme in 2010, ready for being used in the next season. Here a couple of examples, coming from the used car section in one of the online platforms:
  • Lancia Gamma
  • Alfa-Romeo Spider 2000 Veloce
  • Alfa-Romeo Alfasud Sprint Veloce
  • Puma 1600 GTE
  • Lotus Esprit Turbo
  • Triumph TR7
  • Porsche 911 SC
  • Mercedes 280 SL/SLC
  • Fiat Ritmo Abarth
  • Mazda RX7
  • Ford Escort RS 2000
  • ...
The list goes on. Some of these cars cost less than USD 10'000.-, so are truly affordable. And some will most probably gain value over the next 10 to 20 years. If you pick the right one, you are not only welcome in many Oldtimer event you actually may make more money with it than with alternative investment possibilities. And certainly you will have more fun.

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