Now that Ford Oz has come to an end, Ive started to wonder, (and investing.) in what cars will be collectable in the future?
I'm just an average Guy with a limited income, but enjoy bringing a run down Ford back to as new, so buy as cheap as possable, paint, repair or replace parts until I have a very nice driver, and luckily have plenty of storage room!
My first Ford was a 1949 single spinner, side valve V8, (shoe box) and was pretty well hooked on Fords since then, sadly that went to the wreckers in 1970, but I have owned plenty of Oz built cars since.
The first car I bought as a collector was an XF Fairmont Ghia station wagon, but made the mistake of storing it and not using it for 13 years, just with the odd start up over the years, however by not driving it occasionally, the mechanicals
and electrics deteriated badly, to the point that the car needed restored,so I sold it on.
My next investment was an AU Fairmont V8 station wagon, only 127 built, very tidy for a 15 year old car, and is slowly comming up to immaculate, unlike the previous car, I drive this car for a few months of the year, so I can monitor
any problems and keep everything lubricated. (Plus I just love driving it, power and comfort.)
I recently added an Au Fairlane Ghia, "millennium", One of less than 250 built, and is definitly an easy restorer. this too will be driven occasionally, as it's just so damn comfortable to drive.
For me, my interest stops after the AU, I have owned later models, (BA, FG.) but find they are prone to Computer, PCU, problems that need a specialist to fix, and also have a limited life span, so will be harder to source in the future.
I also like models that have dropped to there lowest price cycle, IE the two I have, wreckers are full of them, so parts are cheap, but over the next few years that will reverse, my findings are that after 20 odd years the cars become rear
and after 30 years, they become very collectable.
I am debating on what models I will buy next, I love chrome, so it will be in the higher brands, LTD, Ghia's, I still like 70's Fords, but even the roughest are high priced, as are parts, and they were prone to RUST.
So, tell me your thoughts, have you started investing? or what do you think that todays cheapie will become tomorrows collectable?