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5 Exotic Cars You Can Buy Today That Will Become Future Classics


In all my past articles, I always write about the current best cars in different segments so that others can enjoy some of today’s nicest exotics without any costs for a year or two. However, I do, from time to time, receive emails from readers that say they love what they buy way too much to get rid of it in a year. For those of you who like to hold on to a car more than 5 years and don’t want to drop over a million dollars on a Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari, or McLaren P1, here are a few examples of some of the nicest exotics that have hit rock bottom and that will continuing to appreciate. These are what I call modern classics.
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Mercedes McLaren SLR / SLR722
What people believed to have been the rebirth of the gullwing at its time of release is holding pretty strong in both base model, convertible, and 722 editions. The McLaren SLR was not an attempt at reviving the gullwing but rather the McLaren brand known for the original McLaren F1 which today cannot be bought for less than $5 million. Built and sold by Mercedes with an MSRP starting in the $400,000+ range for a base model, the SLR has seen its lows by depreciating like every other car out there for as low as $130,000, but those days are now long gone.
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Mclaren SLR

No dealer will wholesale them and prices are steadily increasing since the major depreciation drop. Most McLaren base model SLRs today sell near the $200,000 mark used and typically vary based on condition and mileage. The 722 Edition is the rarest and most expensive version of the car and is now holding in the high $500,000 to $700,000 depending on condition, mileage and location. If you do decide to venture down the path of this incredible supercar, we highly recommend finding a 2006 base model with low to moderate mileage (less than 20K) and paying about $170K. Just make sure to have the car well checked by an expert to ensure you don’t get stuck with immediate repairs as the brake job alone could set you back $30,000 for pads and rotors.
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Mclaren SLR

Ford GT
The one and only Ford GT heritage supercar is no longer a liability but rather an asset to own. One of the rare instances when car is now worth more used than it was new. With the announcement of the new Ford GT being an EcoBoost V6, Ford just made every Ford GT owner 20-40% richer. This heritage supercar based on the world famous GT40 race car is not as practical and comfortable as you’d expect but with prices rising so fast, it is a worthwhile investment.
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Ford GT

Pricing two years ago was in the low to mid $100’s and has now exploded to the low $200’s for a moderate mileage car. Some low mileage cars are reported of selling in the high $200s and low $300K mark. The price may not be very affordable but parts still remain very fairly priced compared to other cars in our list and despite having a supercar title. The Ford GT once had a MSRP in the $150,000 range but today values have doubled, and is expected to keep climbing as Ford will most likely forever go away from some of these high oil and gas consuming cars for future models, making this Ford GT perhaps the last of its generation of a real and raw street legal race car.
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Ford GT

Porsche 997 GT3 RS / GT3 4.0
Everytime Porsche releases a new GT3, it sells out within weeks and that is perfectly warranted. An incredible street legal race car that is fun to drive, comfortable, and keeps appreciating right from the day it leaves the lot? Almost sounds too good to be true, but it is. While the normal GT3 sees small depreciation before going back up, the GT3RS and 4.0 go up the day you leave the lot which makes it the only none million dollar supercar that never depreciates.
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Porsche GT3

The GT3 RS typically sells out, and as a result becomes a very high demand vehicle with very limited supply, meaning that even resellers and opportunists always ask for a premium for their models making the immediate price and rarity go way up. While the demand may slow down and prices may come down, they typically don’t come down below the original MSRP of $130,000 or so. The GT3 RS 4.0 is even rarer and due to its limited production, it can vary so much in pricing that it is hard to gauge what you should pay, but we know whatever you pay, you’ll eventually see that going up. If you are a Porsche lover and can’t decide what to buy, just remember that the GT3 RS is one of the best investments you can make.
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Porsche GT3

Mercedes SLS AMG
The all mighty SLS AMG and the rebirth of one of the most expensive and sought after classics to date, the Mercedes Gullwing. Gullwing doors, a brutal engine, and razor sharp suspension makes the SLS a fun weekend car, but it’s the comfort and technology that makes it an even better daily driver. Available in both coupe and convertible, the SLS AMG became an instant classic the moment you opened its doors back in 2011. The car originally MSRP was around $200,000 and with options including a Black Series edition has gone over $350,000.
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Mercedes SLS

Depreciation hurt this Mercedes supercar bad, dropping the car down 40% to right above $100K in 2014 but there is good news, prices seem to have been holding in the $130K range now for a decent model with low miles and in great shape. It seems to no longer be going down, partly because Mercedes didn’t put gullwings on its latest AMG GT sports car which could have made the difference between the SLS appreciating or depreciating.
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Mercedes SLS

While the car certainly isn’t the most exciting car on our list, it is a solid and powerful choice at that price point. Don’t expect anyone to know what it when driving on the street as the car’s design is highly understated, that is until you open its doors and those around get reminded that it is no ordinary Mercedes. We recommend the coupe or Black Series model only as an investment as the convertible seems to still be going down, and despite being more enjoyable, it certainly isn’t as iconic.
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Mercedes SLS

Carrera GT
With a base price of $450,000, a titanium V10, and looks that were ten years ahead of its time, it only makes sense why Porsche only made a few of these amazing supercars. It quickly earned its nickname of the “widowmaker” due to having taken the lives of many skilled race car drivers and recently the lives of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas. The Carrera GT is not the daily car you want to be driving around town to show off. It is a race car in its purest of form and one of the most beautiful works of art that Porsche ever put out.
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Porsche Carrera GT

With the release of the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Carrera GT is bound to continue appreciating, especially because it unfortunately continues to get negative press because of its power and its need for skilled drivers. With most recent pricing found to be in the $600K range for cleaner and lower mile models, the car has appreciated over 50% since its release and will continue to find it way up as it has become not only a classic but now also a piece of Hollywood history. A wise investment that we unfortunately cannot call very safe.
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Porsche Carrera GT

We hope you enjoyed our top 5 pics for fastest appreciating cars on the market, and remember that despite being fast appreciating assets, these cars all qualify to be negotiated the same way we do on all exotics in our Exotic Car Secrets course.
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2004 Lamborghini Gallardo
Listed for sale at $98,000
Bought at $80,000 plus tax & tags
Drove for 4 months then posted for sale
Sold for $93,000 in less than 30 days
Made $9,000 in Profit
2006 Aston Martin Vantage
Listed for sale at $78,000
Bought at $63,000 plus tax & tags
Drove for 12 months then posted for sale
Sold for $81,000 (with $6.5K in added parts)
Made $8,000 in Profit (after maintenance)
2007 BMW M6
Had 1yr Factory, added 2yr CPO warranty
Bought at $49,000 plus tax & tags
Drove for 15,000 miles then posted for sale
Sold for $47,900 with 2yr warranty left
Paid $190/month to own for 11 months

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