Collector models of cars are some kind of works of art - they are unique and evoking great emotions.

They may be extraordinary rare and of unique quality. In the first half of 2019, sales of classic models increased by 6.8%.  However, the number of cars offered on the market has decreased. This means that more buyers wanted to buy fewer vehicles, which resulted in higher prices. Looking more closely, the market for cars priced over EUR 1 million saw an increase in 2019 following a slowdown in 2018. The segment of cars with a value between EUR 100,000 and EUR 1 million also recorded an increase after weaker results in 2018. On the other hand, the situation on the market for cars worth less than EUR 100,000 was stable in both years. 


 Classic car market between 2017 and 2018. 

As it could be expected, the classic market was dominated by the United States, the home of approximately 6 - 7 million collector's models. It recorded an increase in turnover from EUR 557 million in 2017 to EUR 732 million in 2018. The second, in terms of the market size, was Great Britain, where the turnover in these years fell from EUR 182 million to EUR 177 million. Europe is closely following with around 4.8 million cars distributed as follows:

  • Germany (1.5 million)
  • France (1.1 million),
  • Spain (400,000).

In other countries, the total number of cars is around 800,000. Remarkably, the European market almost tripled its turnover and reached EUR 170 million in 2018, starting from EUR 52 million in 2017.


In 2019, the entire global collector car market was worth around EUR 18 - 20 billion.

In recent years, the interest in cars produced between 1946 and 1964 declined in favour of vehicles produced after 1998 in limited quantities, such as:

  • Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG Final Edition, which was produced in the number of 65 vehicles,
  • Mercedes-AMG SL65 Anniversary Edition.  

Cars from this period recorded an increase in market share from z 3% to 20%


The most desirable brands of 2008 vs 2018

  1. In 2008:
  • The undisputed leader was, of course, Ferrari with total car sales amounted to EUR 12.16 million.
  • It was followed by Bugatti with the value of cars sold equal to EUR 6.10 million.

2. In 2018

  • Ferrari achieved a stunning result of EUR 133.82 million.
  • Porsche came in second with a modest result of EUR 46.74 million.
  • Aston Martin, Maserati and Ford were in the next positions replacing Jaguar, Bentley and Chevrolet. 

The most expensive car sold in 2008 was the 1961 Ferrari 250GT, which belonged to James Coburn and which was sold for EUR 7,040,000. In 2018, the Ferrari 250 GTO from 1962 reached the highest price and was sold for EUR 40,909,486. 

The Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster, produced from 1963 to 1966, is one of the models, which is worth paying special attention to This is the most technically advanced car and at the same the sportiest version of the Pagoda model.

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