Study crowns Lamborghini Miura as greatest classic car
It’s not just new cars that go up in value. Classic car prices have been rising for several years and some models have more than doubled in value since 2019. Ferrari and Lamborghini models top the list, but more down-to-earth classics are also in demand.
Website Confused published a study this month that shows which cars have enjoyed the most since 2019. Few will be surprised to find a Ferrari at the top of the list, but few could have predicted the model: the F355, which was built from 1994 to 1995. Its cost has increased by 213.8% (in the UK, at least) since May 2019. No. 2 is the Testarossa (111.4%), followed by the Lamborghini Miura and the F40 (tied at 100% ) and the Alfa Romeo GTV6 (94%; shown). Well deserved, if you ask us. A review of the list also reveals that enthusiasts are increasingly looking for the Cadillac Brougham (84.5%), the Bugatti EB110 (65%) and the Citroen 2CV (32.4%).
Value is just one way to measure a car’s popularity, and the study also looked at the cars people most often search for online. Again, it’s not just the usual suspects: the top spot is taken by the Nissan Skyline GT-R, which is admittedly a little vague as the nameplate has appeared on several different cars (the first generation model was built from 1969 to 1972, for example). Either way, “Skyline GT-R” has been searched for over 8.2 million times in the past 12 months. Number 2 is the Lamborghini Countach, which appeared in 4.82 million searches; interest in the car may have increased when the modern version debuted last August. Third place goes to the Ferrari F40, with 4.08 million visits. Ferrari’s 250 GTO, which is the most valuable car on the planet, ranks 14th behind the Pontiac Firebird and Lincoln Continental, among others. The rally Lancia Delta Integrale is in 17th place, two places ahead of the Stratos.
Nissan’s Skyline GT-R takes top honors on Instagram again. He appeared in 1,077,867 hashtags, although how the study got that number is unclear; let’s talk together #GTR, #skylineGTR, #nissanskylineGTR, or all three? The DeLorean DMC-12 (688,376 hashtags) is another strong performer, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray appeared 361,900 times. Oldsmobile’s Cutlass has somehow amassed 69,700,000 views on TikTok, a figure that puts it ahead of the Testarossa (39,481,861 views), Delta Integrale (39,480,904) and 250 GTO (14,642,667).
With this data in hand, Confused then took production numbers into account and compiled a list of the world’s greatest classic cars. And the winner is… the Lamborghini Miura! In fact, it’s a question that could fuel pub discussions until the end of time, and more. The answer really depends on your definition of the terms “largest” and “classic”, and perhaps what you store in your barn.
But hey, if you agree with the study, we have great news: Lamborghini’s in-house restoration center, Polo Storico, has gotten really good at restoring the Miura.