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Thomas Mallett2012-11-23 16:09:13

Investment cars: Up to £100,000

Investment cars: Up to £100,000

12 cylinder FerrarisFerrariFerrariItaly, 1947 > present233 models
5157 photos
37 videos
are a minefield, it would be wrong of me to claim otherwise. That said, if you find the right one then you’ll also find them to be some of the most rewarding and ultimately satisfying cars on the market.

Take the new F12 BerlinettaF12berlinettaFerrari F12berlinettaItaly, 2012 > present16 photos
1 video
, for example, it will be in strong demand to start off with and command a premium, then it will fall in value faster than an ice cube in Siberia, finally it will stabilize and provide endless amusement for discerning and slightly less brash (than the customers of the V8 models) Ferrari connoisseurs.

Unfortunately, the F12 will never really go up in value (despite a stabilization later in life) because of the sheer numbers of Ferrari’s produced these days. In 1993 Luca di Montezemolo suggested that Ferrari would not produce more than 3,000 cars per annum after the company nearly went under during the recession in the early 1990’s. F12 production will make up a fair chunk of that and when you consider that it is a relatively niche model compared to the 458458 ItaliaFerrari 458 ItaliaItaly, 2009 > present14 versions
82 photos
8 videos
it becomes obvious that the older cars are the ones to have as investments, just think about supply and demand.

Bearing in mind that there were over 800 599599 GTB Fiorano Gen.1Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Gen.1Italy, 2006 > 20127 versions
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’s produced for every single year of its life and that far more F430F430Ferrari F430Italy, 2004 > 20098 versions
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and 458 models were produced in that time and it is easy to see that relatively the older models are far scarcer.

I’d still like a 599, and for £80,000 I think they look like cracking value (in the UK) as something really special to have in the garage, but if I was wanting to own a 12 cylinder Ferrari to keep for the next 20 years it would be a 512 BB512 BBFerrari 512 BBItaly, 1976 > 19816 photos
that would get my money.

Putting a value on old cars is an inexact science at best, and there are plenty of 512 BB’s on the market at over £100,000. However, I reckon you’d get a good one for our imaginary budget…you’d just have to do your research…just like any other older car.

There is something timeless about the 512 BB, more so than the cars that came directly after it in my view, and it will be viewed as a classic by the Ferrari connoisseur to a far greater extent. It is certainly worth bearing in mind that there were less than 2000 512 BB’s and BBi512 BBiFerrari 512 BBiItaly, 1981 > 198420 photos
’s made and a significant number less that still exist and are in good enough shape to represent a sensible investment.

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F12berlinettaF12berlinettaFerrari F12berlinettaItaly, 2012 > present16 photos
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365 BB365 BBFerrari 365 BBItaly, 1973 > 19761 photo
512 BB512 BBFerrari 512 BBItaly, 1976 > 19816 photos
512 BBi512 BBiFerrari 512 BBiItaly, 1981 > 198420 photos
365 BB365 BBFerrari 365 BBItaly, 1973 > 19761 photo
United States of America US
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$ 495.130
Transmission7, Double Clutch 5, Manual 5, Manual 5, Manual 5, Manual
Fuel consumption (combined)15.68 US MPG10.84 US MPG
CO2 Emissions350 g/km
Displacement382 cu in268 cu in302 cu in302 cu in268 cu in
Maximum power740 hp @ 8500 rpm385 hp @ 7500 rpm360 hp @ 6200 rpm345 hp @ 6300 rpm385 hp @ 7500 rpm
Top Speed211 mph175 mph172 mph174 mph175 mph
see specs sheet

The 512 was, of course, a successor to the 365365 BBFerrari 365 BBItaly, 1973 > 19761 photo
(and I am adjudging them to be from the same family), sharing ostensibly the same engine and more importantly the same layout – being mid-engined for the first time. This adds more weight to the argument for the 512…it was the best example of the shape that brought mid-engined Ferrari’s to the man in the street, and with the afore-mentioned 12 cylinder lump attached. But, as usual, it is important to buy one of the better examples. Old cars eat money, especially ones with a Ferrari badge.

The 512 has plenty of facets that suggest that it will go up in value. Spectacular looks, plenty of grunt and the prancing horse stuck to the bonnet. You couldn’t ask for much more could you? Add this to the list of cars I want in my garage.

Or try this:
If you haven’t got the stomach for an old Ferrari or cash to burn on a F12 why not spend that £100,000 burning a hole in your pocket on a 360 Challenge Stradale360 Challenge StradaleFerrari 360 Challenge Str...Italy, 2003 > 20044 photos
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? The 360 itself isn’t a classic Ferrari but its lightweight offshoot is, and good ones have been appreciating…






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