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Demand for sought after models up 300% on

The resurgence of 1980s pop music, films and memorabilia has extended onto the used car market with certain models from the decade appreciating in value as the era enjoys a cultural renaissance.

Leading online cars search service Fish4cars has noticed up to a 300% increase in demand for certain 1980s models like Porsche 911s and the Lotus Esprit (based on searches for those particular models over the past quarter).

Many motorists looking for something a little bit different are turning their attention to cars built in the
eighties. Andy Mills, an IT consultant, bought a 1985 Porsche 911 in September 2001, as he liked the design of the classic Porsche.

“My Porsche is part fun car and part investment. The car should appreciate in value rather than depreciate. It needed a few minor body repairs and its value has now increased by £3,000 since I bought it. The car epitomises the fun and glamour of the 1980s”, said Andy.

Top five 1980s classic cars:

1) The Lotus Esprit - remembered as James Bond’s sports car in For Your Eyes Only 1983, the Esprit embodies the bold, brash British style of the 1980s. You can pick up a well-tuned 1983 Lotus Esprit that is guaranteed to turn heads from £8,000. A bargain piece of classic sports engineering and a ‘Bond on a Budget’ motoring investment.

2) The Porsche 911 - the 1980s 911 was the epitome of 80s excess. The combination of superb engineering and state of the art design helped the 911 reach iconic status. As with the DeLorean, a 1980s Porsche 911 represents great value for money compared with newer models, with a 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Sport on sale on Fish4Cars for just over £12,000.

3) The convertible VW Golf GTI – in the early 1980s the Golf caught the imagination of the British public as an aspirational ‘Yuppie’ car. Even today the Mark I Golf GTI is the definitive ‘Hot Hatch’. It has a perfect power to weight ratio and in recent tests beat 10 new hot hatchbacks in a 0 – 60 challenge". 1980s Golf GTIs in good condition are regularly on sale on Fish4Cars for less than £5,000.

4) The DeLorean - with its distinctive ‘gull wing’ doors, the DeLorean was unveiled at the 1981 Motor Show at Earls Court, but only a limited number were ever produced before the company went bankrupt. Famed for its ability to transport Michael J Fox through time in the 1985 blockbuster ‘Back to the Future’, demand for the quintessential 1980’s car skyrocketed after the film. Lucky DeLorean owners can take a nostalgic trip in their DMC-12 - one of the most unusual and eye-catching motor vehicles ever produced.

According to Fish4Cars publisher Russell Scott, “The bad news is that they are rare and you’ll need to be patient until one comes up for sale. The good news though is that when they do, the left hand drive models are often priced at £15,000 or less. That’s a bargain considering that to make a similar impact with a new car you’d be spending a great deal more.”

5) The Sierra Cosworth - the Sierra Cosworth has a massive racing pedigree and made a name for itself on the track. Built as a racing car for the road, models like the RS500 offer exceptionally high performance with outrageous Eighties styling. The rear spoiler was so big it coined the phrase ‘whale tail’. You can pick up a good condition 1987 Cosworth for around £11,000.


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