Classic Car Price Guide Classic Car Price Guide 2019 1945-2000

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.

United Kingdom
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1 min
timeless pleasures in an uncertain world

BY THE TIME YOU READ THESE WORDS, the United Kingdom’s somewhat problematic exit from the European Union may actually have become a reality. On the other hand, there’s a very good chance that it won’t. As I write, confusion and uncertainty still stalk the land. And it has made the task of compiling this guide even more of a challenge than is usually the case! So we’re particularly indebted to our network of friendly dealers, specialists, auction houses, car clubs and marque gurus for their input. Every year, with their help, we reassess the values of more then 1000 post-war classics and analyse the current market trends. And it’s fair to say that the picture has been coloured in no small part by the uncertainty over Brexit. Fewer cars are being…

8 min
market watch

THE SECRET OF GREAT COMEDY, so they say, is timing. It’s also fundamental when it comes to making any definitive statements about the values of classic cars. This guide went to press in the last week of March, on the very eve of the UK’s due departure from the EU. And since the market had been holding its collective breath to see on what terms that would be happening – if indeed it would be happening at all – it was no surprise that many commentators were being a little cagey about committing values to print. If a week is a long time in politics, a year is a lifetime in the classic car scene. Tony Castle-Miller, of Abarth and Fiat specialist Middle Barton Garage, told us: ‘In this somewhat uncertain…

13 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 that enables an old car to take command of the senses far more than a machine probably 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, most of that goes out of the window. Most people buy on looks, colour, character and feel. Oh, and that old commodity, ‘gut feeling’. No problem with that. Choosing the classic car to fill that space in your garage and your life should be all about feel and emotion. Only you know what it…

4 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 2000s. In more 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…

10 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 ME3000 but still exists today - the current AC Cars, led by Alan Lubinsky, builds updated Cobras in South Africa with a 6.2-litre, GM-sourced V8. AC 2-litre After WW2 ended, AC resumed the building of low-volume quality cars with this gently sporting 2.0-…

22 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 original 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 cars like the 8C supercar and the rapid Giulia sports saloon. ALFA ROMEO Giulietta Sprint Unusually it was the coupé version of the…