Limited editions — specifically those with identifiable build numbers, such as a plaque on the dash or glove box — are the smart choice, according to our experts.
“If it’s numbered you know how many there are and they’re generally a performance-enhanced pack, so you can feel the difference when you drive,” says Redbook’s Booth.
As notable examples, he cites Mercedes-AMG Black Series and limited-runs of HSV vehicles or VW Golf GTIs.
“They’re all popular cars and they handle better or go faster than the car they’re based on. In the case of HSV it’s a short-term investment — don’t expect them to keep appreciating like a Falcon GTHO — but in the short to mid-term they’re going to be good value.
“In general terms the rule holds until the next model comes along with more power or better handling …”
Holden has had great success with three limited edition Commodores (below) this year. It has released a limited run of 1200 Motorsport editions, 240 Magnums and 360 Directors. All are sold out and are likely to fetch a premium on the second-hand market.
Ford had similar success with limited editions of its XR sports sedans last year and VW is expected to release a limited run of the current Golf GTI before the new Golf arrives in July.