The new classics: Nine of the hottest collectors’ cars
Grays Australia classic car specialist reveals the most sought-after collectors’ cars.
As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Take the clapped-out 1973 Ford Falcon XA GT left to rot in a shed behind chicken wire, then sold at auction a couple of months back for a cool $300,000.
It’s a remarkable but hardly unique turn of events. Across Australia, classic car enthusiasts are on the hunt for their dream car, scouring classifieds websites and auctions and prepared to pay top dollar whether their find is painstakingly restored or in a state of disrepair.
In fact Rian Gaffy, classic car specialist at Grays auction house, says some vehicles sell for more when they’re in less-than-perfect nick. “The cars must be in good, original condition, the more original the better. If you get one that has been hot-rodded, the value drops dramatically.”
So what are the cars that bring in the big dollars? Rian says classics from international marques are always in hot demand, but Australian-made icons have also shot up in value in recent years.
We asked Rian to name some of the most sought-after makes and models on the collectors’ market.