Classic Car Price Guide 2017

The classic car market is in a constant state of flux. Let Octane be your guide to what you might expect to pay for all the greatest and most popular cars built between 1945 and 2000. Plus full model specs and marque info, market trends and how to buy a classic car.

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1 min
celebrating the rise of the modern classic

WELCOME TO THE LATEST EDITION of Octane magazine’s annual Classic Car Price Guide. Every year, we consult our network of dealers and specialists, car clubs and marque gurus and, as ever, we’d like to thank them all for their invaluable input. We also take auction results into account, particularly for cars at the very top end, where one sale can often reset the market. As we distill the results, a picture gradually emerges. This past year has been a quieter one than some. Many specialists report that prices have either levelled off or have risen only slowly, and many will see that trend continue over the next 12 months, too. That’s by no means the whole picture, though. As we’ll reveal in more detail, truly exceptional examples of ‘collectable’ cars have continued…

8 min
market watch

IT’S A SURE SIGN OF THE continuing buoyancy of the classic car market that the manufacturers themselves want a piece of the action. Ferrari, of course, has its Classiche certification scheme, now being copied by Aston Martin and others. Jaguar has hit a rich seam by building ‘continuation’ versions of its XK SS and Lightweight E-type models. Aston Martin, again, is getting in on the act with a run of brand new DB4 GTs, which sees car production returning to its spiritual home at Newport Pagnell. And Land Rover is capitalising on the interest in its classic models by offering expensive, full factory restorations on early Range Rovers, alongside the Series 1 Land Rover Reborn rebuilds announced last year. That reflects the continuing rise of early Land Rovers into serious collector territory…

12 min
buying a classic

CHOOSING AND BUYING your classic car is very much a case of heart versus head. The heart allows rose-tinted nostalgia, an appreciation of beautiful styling and the all-round positive karma of owning an old car to take command of the senses far more than they ought to. When buying new, purchasers tend to be analytical, study the options and focus on buying the car that really suits their needs – but when buying a classic, all of that goes out of the window, and most people buy on looks, colour, smell and feel. Oh, and that old commodity, ‘gut feeling’. And choosing the classic car to fill that beloved space in your garage should be all about feel and emotion. Only you know what it is that tugs your heartstrings, and rightly…

3 min

FOUNDED as a hillclimb and sports car racing team in 1950, Carlo Abarth’s company expanded into producing tuning equipment and engines for various Fiats alongside its own racing models. Such was the cachet of the name that Fiat was glad to have its products branded with the Abarth badge. Its best-known and arguably most fun creations were the tiny and giant-killing Fiat 500- and 600-based models. After a flirtation with Simca, Abarth was taken over by Fiat in 1971 and continued to denote performance models, although it became little more than a trim level during the 1990s and Noughties. In recent years it has been relaunched as a separate division by Fiat. ABARTH Fiat 750 Zagato Carlo Abarth’s 750 Zagato GT first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in 1956 and immediately caused…

6 min

BRITAIN’S OLDEST independent car marque, AC – for Auto Carriers – built its first three-wheeled passenger vehicle in 1907. It gradually moved upmarket; fourwheeled vehicles appeared in 1913 and, after WW1, the company expanded into sports cars. It continued after the next war as a struggling specialist manufacturer, even going back to three-wheelers, until it hit paydirt with the Cobra in 1962, its Ace roadster fitted with Ford V8 engines by US racing god Carroll Shelby. The marque limped through the 1970s and '80s with models such as the unsuccessful ME3000 but still exists today, building a GM V8-engined Cobrastyle car called the MkVI in tiny numbers in Germany. AC 2-litre After WW2 ended, AC resumed the building of lowvolume quality cars with this gently sporting 2.0- litre saloon. A four-door was added…

14 min
alfa romeo

WHAT STARTED life as Anonima Lombardo Fabbrica Automobili (ALFA) in 1910 in a factory bought from Darracq was taken over by Nicolo Romeo in 1915. Thus began one of the great marques in motoring history. Its glory days were the 1930s, when Alfa Romeos were among the best cars money could buy. Post-war survival drove them downmarket, but the spirit remained with fine ranges of coupés and spiders to complement the saloons. Sadly that wasn’t enough and when financial losses piled too high in the '80s, Fiat headed off a bid from Ford to take control in 1987. In recent times the marque has seen a resurgence, with models like the 8C supercar and the new Giulia sports saloon. ALFA ROMEO Giulietta Sprint Unusually it was the coupé version of the Giulietta line…