Car ad nau­seam

Autocar - - INSIGHT -

One pas­time of mine is dream­ing of what ex­ot­ica I would pur­chase if my num­bers come up or an un­known rel­a­tive left me an es­tate in Devon.

Five years ago, I had my head full of mo­tors rang­ing from Per­suader­sera ones to more mod­ern ma­chin­ery, and for circa £70k I could have filled my boots with an in­ter­est­ing car or two. The num­ber of clas­sics in the clas­si­fieds (right-hand drive and of in­ter­est to my ju­ve­nile self) over the past year or so has dropped dra­mat­i­cally as I as­sume the ones I was dream­ing of are now in stor­age await­ing fur­ther ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

This has caused me to be­come a bore in so­cial sit­u­a­tions and be­moan the state of af­ford­able metal at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity that arises, ap­pro­pri­ate or not. I have read ar­ti­cles and let­ters of sim­i­lar sen­ti­ment in Au­to­car but feel I have now seen an ad­vert that may sig­nal the end is nigh for the in­evitable ap­pre­ci­at­ing au­to­mo­tive in­vest­ment be­liev­ers.

The car for sale in the ad was a 2000 As­ton Martin Volante in V600 spec with 3000 miles on the clock, which, when I closed my eyes and had a stab at a val­u­a­tion, came in at about £450k. This was, I am afraid, only based on watch­ing the mar­kets from an arm­chair and Googling re­cent Bon­hams car sales. I nearly lost feel­ing in my feet when I read the £1.4 mil­lion sticker price.

Is the end nigh for the ex­ot­ica es­ca­la­tor? T Sayer Bris­tol

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