Herald Sun - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

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.

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