11 September 2015

Graph of the Week: The Most Popular Foreign Classics by Country of Origin

Measured by quotes at Hagerty so far in 2015, these are the most popular foreign classics for each of the major car-producing countries outside of the U.S. Insurance quotes are a good way to gauge interest in particular makes and models because they show what people are buying or looking  to  buy at  the moment.

The top cars for Germany and England aren't surprising given the sheer number of examples produced (21 million Beetles and 400,000 MGBs). With so many examples to choose from and strong parts availability, these cars have huge enthusiast followings and will continue to be classics with mass appeal.

That the Alfa Romeo and Fiat Spiders are popular also isn't a shock for the same reasons, but the Testarossa stands out since it's both more expensive and rarer than the 308, another increasingly popular 1980s Ferrari.

The Japanese cars represent another interesting point in looking at current interest. More people are starting to look at cars like the Miata and RX-7 as collectible, and since cars of the 1980s and 1990s are becoming increasingly popular among collectors and many of those cars hail from Japan, interest in Japanese classics seems to have nowhere to go but up. Five years from now, expect the Japanese numbers to look similar to the German figures.


2 Reader Comments

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    Kerry Kozelka Sierra foothills outside Placerville September 23, 2015 at 22:57
    Makes me glad I finally dragged, literally, my 73 240Z out of the backyard of my house in Berkeley.where is has sat since 97! Now in the shop of the best restorer/builder in Northern California, Jim Beechler's Cool Street Toys, it will make a super comeback and actually fired up and ran decently yesterday till til thermostat didn't open. Soon my 67 LeMans convertible Sprint 6 OHC will have to move over in the garage! Oh yeah, guess I'll be contacti,g you guys for another insurance, ratz.
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    Jeff Ricco Northern New Jersey September 28, 2015 at 16:11
    I just ordered my new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club. I have a 1993 Limited Edition MX-5 Miata (#474 out of only 1500 made, with Mazda paperwork to prove it), with 170K on it, and in need of some work. I won't get the new car until Feb 2016, so cannot sell the 1993 LE until then. I am still on the fence as to whether to sell it or keep it and restore it myself. If I decide to sell it, can someone recommend where to post it, and what I could get for it? Blue book only values it as an old used car, and not the limited edition that it is...Any suggestions would be very appreciated!

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