One of the more difficult tasks for a classic car collector is to put a value on their beloved cars. Many variables have an impact on the price of classic, antique, exotic, and vintage cars. The price of a vehicle with the same make, model, and year can be very different.
Factors That Can Determine the Value of a Classic Car
How the car is being sold – auction or private sale
With these factors in mind, here are some easy online tools you can use to help put a value on your classic car.
The Hagerty classic car valuation tool is generally the first tool people use. Hagerty is a provider of classic car insurance. In 2012 they partnered with Hemmings to launch the online classic car valuation tool. The Hagerty online tool allows you to search for cars, trucks, and motorcycles by year, make, model or VIN. The Hagerty condition rating system is key to understanding the Hagerty classic car values. Hagerty values get updated 3 times per year in Jan., May, and Sept..
The National Automobile Dealers Association has been around for over 80 years. It’s owned and operated by J.D. Power. There is a free online valuation guide For finding your NADA classic car value. Or you can get a subscription based print valuation guide. The NADA guides give you 73 years of pricing. The NADA guides provide market reflective pricing on cars. They include low, average, and high retail, plus MSRP. The NADA guide gets updated 3 times per year in Jan., May, and Sept..
The Collector Car Market Review tracks prices and values of classic cars. They rely on sales reports, government data, their own database, auctions, and inventory. When using the Collector Car Market Review tool, you start with the make, then the year and then the model. Understanding the Collector Car Market Review Condition rating system is key to using their online classic car pricing tool. They, like Hagerty have an easy to understand numbered condition system.
Understanding the Market For Classic and Exotic Car Investments
Historic Automobile Group International is a great source for tracking classic car investments. They collect data from private contracts, marque specialists, dealers, and auction results. Check out HAGI to see which cars are growing in value.
The Hagerty market rating tracks of the strength of collector car market. They use a database of private sale transactions in combination with other market factors to report the “heat” of the market. They offer a handy “how-to guide” for how the Hagerty Market Rating Works.
We hope these tools will be helpful in determining the value of your classic, exotic, and vintage cars. When setting a price for your car it’s a good idea to look at the pricing from more than one valuation tool. Also, make sure you know what’s happening in the classic car market. Do some independent research by checking out auto auctions. All these combined will help you better understand the value of your classic vehicle.
Each year more amazing cars become eligible for import into the USA, and 2020 is no different. Currently there is a 25 year classic car rule, where cars over the age of 25 can enter the country without modification. This year that means you can import cars from 1995 and older. Check out our list below of some of our favorite classic cars eligible for import in 2020.
One of the most popular cars among car enthusiasts from 1995 is the Nissan GT-R R33. At the time of release, it was one of the fastest cars in Japan. Don’t worry, it will still be fast on the roads of the USA. This will be the first year that you can import the GT-R R33 into the USA, so many people are looking forward to the calendar rolling over. It will be a few more years until you can import the equally coveted R34, so in the meantime, enjoy the R33 as it will definitely be one of the best new import cars in the states.
1995 Porsche 911 GT2 (993)
The 1995 Porsche 993 GT2 is one of the rarest 911s in the world. Currently, these cars are auctioning for more than 1 million dollars each. Even crazier, a GT2 sold for 2.5 million dollars. Many people love the 993s because they are the last air cooled version, with later 911s using water instead. In addition, there were a limited amount of these made in the racing street legal GT2 variant. The regular Porsche 993s are also great candidates for one of the best cars in 1995, but we’ll have to give this one to the more unique model.
The 1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth never sold in America, and Ford Europe limited them to markets overseas. There have been a few grey imports of this vehicle over the years, but this model will be legal to import in 2020. Most famous for the whale-tail spoiler that sets it apart, this rare vehicle can actually move fast. Created to be a rally car, it took many victories in the WRC during its lifetime. With only a few thousand left in the European market, this will sure to be a rare car in the states.
1995 Honda NSX Type R
Another exclusive, the NSX-R sold in the Japanese market. While you could get the regular NSX in the states, the Type R had much more to be desired. The NSX-R was designed solely for racing and gave up many of the conveniences to have a better drive experience. Honda cut things like audio and air conditioning to have better speed and handling. There are a few of these already on the street, since production began in 1992. However, the 1995 Honda NSX Type R is the last year in this generation of the NSX and will be legal in 2020.
The 1995 Audo RS2 Avant is a rare limited European model produced between Audi and Porsche. 25 years ago, this vehicle spawned a legacy at Audi for producing Racing Sport and Sport model vehicles. There are many fans of this sport wagon, which is a more uncommon design in the states. Only a little under 3000 exist in Europe, so be ready to see them going for a lot at the auctions. The RS2 Avant is definitely of of the rarer cars from 1995 and many collectors will now be able to get there hands on one in the US.
Start Your Import With Schumacher
Found one of best cars from 1995 overseas and want to import it? Look no further than Schumacher Cargo Logistics to take care of your vehicle shipment from overseas to your home in the states. We’ve shipped cars for over 40 years and have offered the best rates and customer service in the industry.
Retromobile is the start of the year for major classic auto shows. Since 1976, this show has been hosted at the Paris expo Porte de Versailles in Paris, France. Every year they bring out legendary cars and showcase some of the most coveted vehicles on the planet. This year’s event takes place February 6-10 and we begin coverage a few days before it starts. Check out some fun stories and cars from Retromobile 2019!
This year is the 31st Techno Classica Essen and Schumacher Cargo Logistics is here to cover the event in Germany. This is one of the premier auto shows with thousands of amazing cars to see. Check the 2019 Techno-Classica with SCL and enjoy some of our favorite items on display!
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most iconic events for motorsport lovers everywhere, and this year is the festival’s 25th anniversary. They plan on recreating some of their best motorsport moments from the past 25 years and have dubbed this event “The Silver Jubilee.”
Founded in 1993, the Festival of Speed is a premier hill climb event on the beautiful Goodwood House property. It has grown to include events such as a forest rally and the auto show, Cartier Style et Luxe. This year’s festival takes place Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15, 2018 and for more information visit the Goodwood website.
This year, the Festival of Speed invited Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu and his legendary Old Yeller II to participate in the event. The car appeared in the festival two times previously in 2000 and 2005. This year the Old Yeller II will be returning for its third appearance in 2018. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is proud to be shipping this car to England from the US through our professional air freight service.
Ernie Nagamatsu and his Old Yeller Mark II
Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu DDS, now retired, is a legend in Los Angeles and has the spirit of a true cosmopolitan. He’s practiced dentistry in LA for over 40 years, but his mastery goes beyond just his primary occupation. No skill seems to elude the doctor, with experience as a lecturer at USC, a collector of fine Asian art, a writer of an award winning cookbooks, and of course as a race car driver. He has won many awards and accolades racing the his current car, the legendary Old Yeller II.
The Old Yeller II was created by Max Balchowsky in 1959 for Hollywood Motors and is still being used to race today. There have been many drivers of the Old Yeller II, and in that list includes Max Balchowsky, Carroll Shelby, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Billy Krause, Bobby Drake, Paul O’Shea, and its current driver Ernie Nagamatsu. The car has gone through many owners in the past 60 years and finally became Nagamatsu’s in 1991.
Since then, Nagamatsu has fully restored the Old Yeller II to its previous 1959 glory and brought it back into the spotlight of the automotive world. Don’t forget to see him and Old Yeller II at their next stop: The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018. For this event, they had to install a new engine into the car. This is due to it suffering an engine failure in its last race. In order to have more control over the timeline of this international shipment, Dr. Nagamatsu is using our specialty air freight shipping to bring his car overseas in the fastest way possible after the repairs are complete.
To learn more about Dr. Nagamatsu, Max Balchowsky, and the Old Yeller II visit their website at oldyeller2.com.
Shipping a Classic Car by Air Freight
Schumacher Cargo Logistics has over 40 years of experience shipping cars all over the world. Shipping classic cars internationally requires precision and skill to make sure the vehicle arrives in pristine condition and on-time. We offer a specialized air freight service for when a vehicle needs to arrive at its destination as fast as possible. Our Airfreight Division’s goal is “To deliver a competitive advantage to each customer” and they provide our fastest way to ship internationally. If you need to move your goods overseas quickly, get your free air freight shipping estimate today.
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