From: Road & Track
Date: June 1982
Price then: $8,500 ($21,000 adjusted for inflation - about the cost of a new 2014 Hyundai Elantra coupe today)
Price now: $50,900 - $148,000
Approximate dollar difference: $139,500 (assuming #1 condition)
Approximate annual rate of return: 10.4%
1960 Abarth 750 GT Zagato (double bubble). Red/red. Show quality restoration. Street, show or vintage race. Refer "Road & Track 8/81.
In 1982, $8,500 wasn't a small amount of cash. In fact, the asking price for this restored Abarth 750 GT was $200 more than the sticker price of a brand new Pontiac Firebird with the optional V-8. Of course, the Firebird relied more on the size of its decals than any actual sporting credentials. Along with rarity, that's why the Abarth sells for 15 times what the Pontiac does today.