The top 10 classic cars to buy – might just be the time to invest in a future collectible.

Hagerty knows its classic cars. The insurance company tracks collector car sales and is host to a large network of classic car owners; they use that information to produce the “Hagerty Price Guide” and evaluate cars using the Hagerty Vehicle Ratings.

The top 10 classic cars to buy – might just be the time to invest in a future collectible.

Hagerty, the largest insurance provider for vintage cars in the United States, has analyzed the market.

Hagerty knows its classic cars. The insurance company tracks collector car sales and is host to a large network of classic car owners; they use that information to produce the “Hagerty Price Guide” and evaluate cars using the Hagerty Vehicle Ratings.

Hagerty has used all of this information to create its top 10 list of classic cars to buy in 2017. The list includes cars that Hagerty says will be strong investments in terms of “value growth and smiles-per-dollar.” Making up the list are a few classic Chrysler products, an SUV that is set to return to the market, and some newer vehicles from the 1990s and 2000s that are gaining collectible traction.

So, let start to  present them here with a little bit of history for context.

 

2000-’06 BMW M3 ($20,000)

Hagerty says earlier M models have been hot on the collector market over the last three years (though the E36 is still quite affordable and is the car of choice for buyers who want a track car), but the E46 M3 from 2000 to 2006 hits the sweet spot for collectibility, as it is priced at about $20,000 right now. The E46 M3 featured a 333-horsepower 3.2-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with the choice 6-speed manual transmission or a truly horrible single-clutch 6-sequential manual transmission (SMT). We highly recommend the 6-speed manual because the SMT had a disturbing loss of power between gears that has since been solved by dual-clutch transmissions. Great handling enabled by light weight and BMW’s uncanny engineering teamed with awesome engine sounds to make the E46 M3 a fantastic car. Now, a decade or so later, you get it for a reasonable price and watch it appreciate. Go with the coupe because the convertible’s lack of rigidity means less performance.