Cadillac XLR V

5 Inexpensive Investment Grade Collector Cars

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Whether you have some excess funds and want to splurge on a classic, vintage, or collector vehicle or you are seeking a lucrative investment, one of these vehicles has the potential to be a real money-maker in the future. The American way is to “buy low and sell high”, so take advantage of these great bargains before the rest of the market catches on. Visit for hundreds of listings on collector, classic, and vintage used cars and trucks.

Cadillac XLR V 2006 to 2009 Cadillac XLR V

This luxury convertible roadster embodies the heart of a sports car. It comes with a powerful (400+ horsepower) supercharged 4.4-liter V8 engine. The XLR V appears to be an improved version of the prestigious Pininfarina designed Cadillac Allante of the 1980s and, at a production run of only 2,500-units, the “V” version is certainly a collectors item. The XLR V features typical Cadillac styling with deeply etched lines and seriously sharp edges. A zero-to-sixty time of only 5-seconds helps, too.

Ford Thunderbird 2002 to 2005 Ford Thunderbird

The Thunderbird is one of the many popular retro-styled late model automobiles available for your perusal. It is also a roadster with an exterior aesthetic that makes it impossible to ignore. This Ford, available as either a coupe or a convertible, suffered from a virtually non-existent new-car marketing campaign which severely hindered sales. The good news is that moderate new car sales figures tend to make for a better collector market. These cars are fun to drive and are equipped with a 3.9-liter DOHC V8 engine. They share many similarities with both Jaguar and Lincoln models of the same era. It’s available in lots of neat colors, too.

1992 Porsche 968 1992 to 1996 Porsche 968

This car is expected to double in value over the next decade. That should give you ample time to complete even the most challenging of restoration projects, just in time to make a bundle of cash. The 968 is a mutated version of the more common 944 that is credited with saving Porsche during the 1980s. It has a water cooled engine and is configured with a front-engine rear-wheel drive setup. Despite having only a four-cylinder engine, it has decent acceleration and excellent handling capabilities. It was sold in either coupe or cabriolet versions.

1994 Jaguar XJS 01 1976 to 1994 Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJS has finally emerged, from within the shadow of the Jaguar E-Type convertibles of the 1960s, to become one of the most admired treasures of the Jaguar Club of North America. This particular vintage British beauty is more of a touring car than a high-performance sports car. In typical Jaguar form, it is endowed with tons of handcrafted leather, wood, and chrome to yield an aura of timeless sophistication. The XJS was sold with either a V12 engine or an inline six-cylinder engine but many have undergone engine exchanges; leaving some with more powerful Chevrolet and Ford drivetrains.

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL 1990 to 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL

This version of the SL (called the R129) is projected by industry experts to follow its predecessor (the RL107) as a highly sought after collector car. It is still a very affordable option (at only about $15k for an SL600 with a V12) despite being considered a very prestigious automobile. Its long sweeping front end and low roof line give it the menacingly stylish appearance that car enthusiasts love. These cars were sold with your choice of six, eight, or twelve-cylinder engines. This is another one that’ll be worth more every day that you own it.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.