Which car can serve as an investment

These nine cars are great investments

A new car as an investment? Clearly no. Because: the older a car is, the more interesting it is. The Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) publishes the Oldtimer Index every year. This is calculated by classic-analytics 'classic-analytics' Bochum-based classic car experts, who compare the prices of 88 representative models for the German car market in their database. These 9 have gained the most in value since the beginning of the calculations in 1999:

Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300 SL Coupé

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There is hardly anyone who does not admire the gently curved curves of the Mercedes-Benz Gullwing 300 SL Coupé. In February 1954 the 300 SL was presented at the "International Motor Sports Show" in New York. And although it enjoyed great popularity from the start, it was only produced until 1957 - a total of only 1,400 units were built. No wonder that the SL, which the classic car magazine “Motor Klassik” selected as the sports car of the century, is in great demand! While you found it in 1999 for an average of 190,000 euros, you now have to shell out an unbelievable 1.3 million euros. This corresponds to an increase in value of 584 percent, which could make proper motor insurance worthwhile.

Volkswagen VW Bus Type 2 T2

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This bus is a cult! The Bully has fans all over the world - and the trend is growing. The second generation of the VW bus therefore ended up in second place among the cars that are becoming more and more valuable. The T2 rolled off the production line quite often from 1967 to 1979: it left the VW plant in Hanover a total of 2,533,188 times. With a mere 47 hp, then as now, you chug through the country in a relaxed manner. In 1999 the hippie feeling was available for around 4,000 euros, today it must be worth 26,000 euros - an increase of 550 percent.

Citroën 2 CV 6

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2CV? This car is better known as the duck! Probably the most famous French car model of all time was designed during the Second World War, but it was not presented to the public until 1948. Thanks to its relatively low purchase price, the 2CV quickly developed into a student car - and a symbol of an inappropriate, consumer-critical attitude. Today, particularly well-preserved specimens from 1969 to 1976 are increasing in value inexorably: In 1999, around 2,000 euros were due for such a duck, today it is 10,000 euros. Expressed as a percentage, that's 400.

Ford Escort 1100 S.

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Particularly characteristic of the Escort, which was built in the Ford plant in Halewood, UK, from 1967: the radiator grille, also known as the "dog bone". That, and also the rest of the compact mid-range car, apparently pleased: Less than five months after the presentation, the 100,000 was already. Escort has been sold. In Germany, where he was sent into the race for car buyers as a “Beetle killer”, he was initially not quite as popular as in his home country England. Today that has changed: You are scrambling for these first Ford Escorts 1100 S as an investment: in 1999 it still costs around 2,000 euros, in 2015 it was 9,500 euros - that's an increase of 375 percent.

Porsche 924 Coupe

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In 1976, Porsche launched the 924 as an entry-level model. Because parts manufactured by the VW group were used and the 924 only had a 2-liter engine, many did not accept it as a full-fledged Porsche. The fact that it was completely different in design from its predecessors with its pop-up headlights and sharply sloping bonnet did not make it more popular. It has only recently been recognized as an old and youngtimer - which is noticeable in the steadily rising prices, especially for the 924s, which were produced in the first three years after its introduction: For 2,700 euros you could become a Porsche owner in 1999, today you have to have saved 11,900 euros for this (+341 percent).

Fiat 500F

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Oh, that's cute! Even today, the knobbly shape of the tiny Fiat 500 triggers rapture. The "Cinquecento" ("Five Hundred") was screwed together 3.7 million times between 1957 and 1975. At the beginning it was anything but a bestseller - 10 kW (13.5 PS) were not enough for most of them. It wasn't until the fall of 1957 that it was increased to 11 kW (15 hp) so that it could whiz at 90 km / h and also lowered the sales price that the small Fiat became a success. If you want to buy one, you should look out for the Fiat 500F model from the years 1965 to 1972: This has increased in value the most in the past 15 years. If you have to shell out around 9,800 euros today, it was only 2,300 euros in 1999 - an increase of 326 percent.

Renault R4

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What a success story: In 31 years of production, the R4 has been sold over 8 million times. Already when it was launched in 1961 - Renault had 200 white R4s drive past the Eiffel Tower in an effective way - it was clear: this little one is going to be a hit! Students and young families in particular appreciated the compact dimensions, the robustness and, above all, the low price. But the French police also used it as a service vehicle. In particular, the models that rolled off the production line between 1972 and 1974 have been increasing in value for years: in 1999 such a model was worth 1,600 euros, in 2015 it was 6,800 euros (+325 percent).

Volkswagen VW Beetle 1300

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Over 21.5 million vehicles produced made the Beetle the best-selling car in the world - until the VW Golf wrested this title from it in 2002. But the beetle's cult status is still unsurpassed. If you want to buy one as an investment, you should focus your search on the 1300 model from 1967 to 1973. Its 1.3-liter engine produces 40 hp and was painted in sonorous colors such as panama beige, java green or bahama blue. Happy who struck in 1999: Back then you could get such a piece of jewelery for 2,100 euros, today you have to have 8,600 euros in your wallet. An increase in value of 310 percent!

BMW 7 Series 735 i (E23)

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It has become an integral part of today's cars: the anti-lock braking system (ABS). In 1979 it was a technical sensation. And it has already been installed in the luxury E23 series from BMW. And otherwise, as the owner of a 735i with 218 hp from six cylinders, you were far ahead. Even today, anyone who owns one of the first models in the 7 Series (built from 1979 to 1986) is still lucky: According to the VDA, they have grown in value (307 percent) over the past decade and a half: from 2,900 euros to 11,800 euros Euro.