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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

crazy hammer prices. Trend or speculation?

Yesterday, I retweeted a report from a wealth manager interviewed by Classic And Sports Car, who was sharing some thoughts on classic cars investment returns. I was happy to have a general confirmation of the opinion I summarised in an earlier post in this blog (in Italian), where I was saying that truly rare & expensive cars are definitely becoming less and less accessible due to the globalisation on the market, a totally new access to information on available cars, the presence of more and more professional traders and brokers, and the obvious lack items to be traded, due to the mere fact that production of goods classified as classic cars stopped years ago. At the same time, recurring peaks in classic cars evaluations can be seen especially - or only - when it comes to multi-million item for sale. Average car are still average, increasing value is often to be reconciled against a number of factors, including the cost to keep the car and its value in good shape. Most of the increasing evaluation of classic cars are de facto imposed by the leading auctioneers, who are always able to find incredible examples of fine motor cars to be sold (eg, last but not least, the stunning 250 GTO going on sale at Amelia Island) and find the right set of interested bidders. This trend is called, in one word, speculation, and it is a well known phenomenon in several fields, and heavily regulated on all the markets where huge capitals can be exchanged, but in the Classic Car one. I am a liberal, and I agree that market makes the price, but we need to talk about these trends critically, avoiding to think about them as the result of fancy hobbies of rich people.

Generally speaking, When hundreds of thousands of Pounds get exchanged, Authorities should have a say; potentially, the market should be regulated to avoid speculation; even more than that: I am sure that all the Auctioneers take trading extremely seriously, and in most Countries are heavily regulated, but the risk of infiltration is there. I know that in most cases there are severe anti-money laundering regulations preventing uncontrolled cash flow in the so called "High Value Deals" world. Is that enough? Still, regulation is not only worth to prevent criminality, but also to impose or reinstate the delicate equilibrium between offer and demand, when that's lost. And in these days, we are exactly seeing that. That being said, I appreciate there are a number of arguments that can be brought against the idea of regulating classic cars market, the first being that most of the trades still take place on a C2C basis, and private sales cannot be easily monitored.

Let me quote here an abstract from Classic and Sports Car that -sort of- shocked me, just as a matter of example.

As reported in the article I linked above, "A 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 drop-head coupe bought at auction in 2003 for £58,700 made £227,000 when it came under the hammer again in at Bonhams in May 2011; a return of 287%. The same car had also traded in September 2009 for £181,900; its £227,000 realisation in May 2011 represents a 25% price advance in well under two years".

Isn't this insane? Can a high-value classic car estimation be floating so much? What is the real reason influencing the price? conditions, number of owners, history, or something else, like the mere network of a bidder, making him capable to buy the car with a precise re-selling plan? please shout your opinion, dear followers!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Aston Martin V12 Zagato in produzione

Aston Martin ha dichiarato oggi che la meravigliosa - elegant yet brutal - come romanticamente definita in casa AM, Aston Martin V12 Zagato, presentata l'anno scorso al Concorso d'Eleganza di Villa d'Este con enorme successo di critica, verrà proposta al pubblico in una serie street-legal da 150 esemplari. La vendita sarà anticipata dalla presentazione dell'auto al prossimo Concorso d'Eleganza in Kuwait (15-18 Febbraio 2012), come annunciato sul sito della Casa di Gaydon. Una produzione d'eccezione, d'elite per definizione, ricercata per dovere di soddisfazione della clientela, sportiva per natura. Trovo eccezionalmente interessante che la Zagato e Aston Martin tornino a collaborare a 50 anni dal successo della iconica DB4 GT, tanto sottovalutata agli esordi quanto apprezzata, introvabile, ricercatissima oggi. La rinnovata liaison ripropone lo stesso, perfetto mix di stile, design ed esclusività. La stessa, innata, tensione verso la perfezione. E' ovviamente impossibile non notare che questa nuova avventura commerciale, dal sapore antico, si collochi in un mondo del tutto cambiato, tanto diverso da 50 anni fa da portare la Casa a presentare questo gioiello lontano dal Warwickshire, davanti a chi di gioielli, certamente, se ne intende: i nostri amici medio-orientali le cui risorse economiche abbondano e la cui passione per il made in Europe non ha tardato ad attestarsi anche nel settore automobilistico. Nè bene, nè male: è il mondo di oggi che prevede un mercato globalizzato ed una ovvia e mirata attenzione commerciale verso i luoghi e le persone che oltre ad ammirare il risultato dell'eccellenza europea possono anche finanziarla. Possiamo forse ipotizzare che gli sceicchi e gli emiri abbiano maggiore voglia di esibire un pezzo da collezione piuttosto che godere delle performance di un'AM in produzione super-limitata, o intuirne i delicati equilibri estetici, ma si tratta di un pregiudizio tutto da verificare. Di fatto, questi stessi capitali creano eventi di settore fenomenali e sorreggono l'industria che ci permette da ultimo di rifarci gli occhi (e le orecchie, se mi permettete la forzatura) al passaggio di una AM V12. Speriamo che ci siano altre occasioni di mostrare la nostra eccellenza: tante Villa d'Este, tante Mille Miglia, tanti Goodwood che possano farci tornare a competere! Unusquisque faber etc. etc...

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

find of the day. "Big Henry" Lagonda for sale

Dear fellow GB car lovers, this is indeed my find of the day, perhaps of the year (too early to say that?). As advertised to "the Flea Market" today, there is a stunning, multi-race winner Lagonda for sale in Belgium. I would hardly comment on a trade advertisement, but this is really a rare purchase opportunity, looking at its conditions and background info, with such an extensive racing history. I would definitely love to own a Lagonda, a widely under-estimated British car manifacturer if you ask me. They are normally quite expensive on the market, also in light of the low number of cars ever produced until 1947, when the brand definitely passed under Aston Martin's ownership. Big Henry then, the ultimate choice if you can afford that: unique charm, fascinating mix of colours, racing spirit, powerful engine, and a bat-mobile look. Who could be asking for anything more? It is currently available for sale on the LMB Racing (Belgian Lagonda expert, according to the reports) website. Price on request, as it should be.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

racing pictures competition on Sports Car Digest

Ladies & gentlemen,
I strongly encourage you to have a look at the picture contest just started and promoted on SportsCar Digest's official website.
That's a contest aimed to pick the best racing photo taken over 2011. I made my choice, after having been struggling for a good hour. I promise there is a hard competition there. What will yours be?

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

History of the most beautiful car ever made live from Villa d'Este

Is there anything more evocative in the world than watching a Marvellous DB4 GT Zagato exhibited in the chic location of Villa d'Este during the famous Concorso d'Eleganza? Yes, there is. And that is, listening to its romantic history straight from the voice of the speaker, the well known professional and surely expert Simon Kidston.This is the - non professional, I am sorry - video I took at the Concorso last summer.

Silent for a good cause

Fellow GB classic enthusiasts! I just spent the last couple of days working on the Web to make this blog more interactive, social, and eventually reachable. No posts dedicated to cars then, but a lot more opportunities to keep in touch. You can now enjoy a full set of pictures - starting with a report from our visit at the Villa d'Este Concorso d'Eleganza, 2011 edition - thanks to the BritGasoline Flickr account. Our personal recommendation would be to start with the videos, while browsing Flickr contents, especially if you have never heard a Birdcage or Jag Lightweight noise. Loud.
You can find us on Twitter, following @britgasoline or simply scrolling down the conversation on the right-hand side of this page, updated as often as materially possible.
You can click on the Facebook "Like" button, still on the right hand side list on this home page.More to come on classics, and less on technologies, though. The Scuderia Jaguar Storiche has kindly agreed to share with us some information on the Club, its members and their respective experiences or expertise as Jag enthusiasts. I will also post on these pages, very soon, a quite complete report of the restoration of our 1-owner-from-new Jag E-Type v12, the one that you can see embedded in  this post and in the picture at the bottom of this page, captured while racing in Bergamo BHGP 2010.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

una gita a Como - a quick tour on Lake Como

Como is my hometown, and it is a fantastic place to ride your oldtimer. There are a couple of stunning view spots that you can enjoy, some of them probably not as known as they should be. Here are some random recommendations for a 2-days break in town, if you don't want to simply follow the Tourism Office's indications available online (note that not every page about the itineraries are available in English).

Book a little boat at Cernobbio's port and enjoy the lake from the water. You can book it for 3 hours for approx 100 Euro and it will be sufficient to take a quick tour of the west coast all along Cernobbio, Moltrasio (the most beautiful village on that side and perhaps of the whole lake), Carate Urio and Laglio, where Clooney lives. If you prefer a guided tour, ask the concierge at Villa D'Este in Cernobbio, the most beautiful hotel in the World according to several rankings and the unforgettable location of the World's most important Concorso d'Eleganza for classic cars (apologies, Pebble Beach). After the tour, treat yourself with an aperitivo or a dinner at the hotel, or a full day ticket at the SPA of the hotel. Just note that rates are in line with the standards of the hotel: fair enough.

Discover your on-the-road side through a drive from Como on the "west Coast" of the lake, again across Cernobbio, Moltrasio, Carate, Laglio, up to Brienno and beyond, until you reach Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo: this amazing Villa hosts one of the biggest botanic garden in Europe, right above the lake. The only replica in existence of the worldwide famous Canova's "amore e psiche" statue is visible in the main hall. On your way up alongside the lake, remember to stick to the old road "Strada Regina Vecchia", a way more romantic than the faster highway uphill, the "Strada Regina Nuova".

For a day/ afternoon in a SPA, choose the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, just next to Villa Carlotta; pool and hot tub right above the lake are nothing less than magic!  It's a 5-stars hotel, but an entrance to the SPA is definitely affordable and that's enough to switch off your brain for a couple of hours. If you're fancy an unforgettable luxury experience, you can also head to the lake east coast, opposite to Cernobbio, at Casta Diva, a 7-stars resort in Blevio.

But, if you are fed up with the grandiose athmosphere of 5-stars hotel, I recommend you spend at least a night at the B&B Gardenia, a glamorous villa located 8-km inland from Como downtown, just recently turned into a guesthouse with spectacular good taste. 

A very good alternative, or simply a second step on your way up north ("alto Lago", locals say), is a visit to Villa Balbianello in Lenno. It has been refurbished by the Italian Environment Protection Fund and I do think that is one of the most beautiful villas in Italy. The holders of the Villa, often booked for international events and weddings, are organizing various events to let any joiners enjoy the stunning view on the lake, among which I would recommend the lakeside concerts normally taking place in August every year.

if you or your partner are into sailing or surfing, you'll need to go to the top north of the lake, in Gera Lario. That' a good excuse for a lunch break at la Tirlindana, in Sala Comacina, just opposite to the Isola Comacina, the only island on Lake Como. The restaurant on the island is definitely touristic, and food quality is not the best you can come across. However, the atmosphere is unique and if you have kids, let let enjoy the owner's storytelling talent: they will shortly know everything about the Ghost living on the Island! Over summer time, on June 24th, if you are lucky enough you can find a boat to rent and head to the Island to enjoy the most important fireworks show of the year, celebrating San Giovanni.

Depending by your mood, you could decide to drop your surf-mates in Gera and keep driving north, where the Alps will ask you to challenge their sides. Let's drift on a couple of hairpins and in an hour or so you will find yourself in some of the most well known ski locations of northern Lombardy.

It may look like Como is all about villas and luxury. I don't really think it is. It is also about culture, sports, nature and, scratching the surface, fun.

The day after, in fact, you can climb the East coast. Roads are tiny and maybe darker than the ones on Cernobbio's side, but at least as funny to test your driving skills. After a worth-to-be-done visit to Bellagio (yes, you are definitely going there, aren't you?) if it is not too hot you can go to Chalet Gabriele, a traditional restaurant of heavy, winter-specific :-) Lombardy cuisine including good polenta and dear or pork meat.

A good alternative to the lake tourism is hiking or trekking on the mountains just above the lake: take a guide to the Sentiero d'Italia (Italy's walk) and start walking from the Mount Bisbino, above Cernobbio. The legend says that you can walk throughout all Italy without leaving that road :-). You can also drive up from Como to Brunate and have a nice walk there, too

Back in Como for a breakfast the day after, don't miss, for any reasons, to stop by at pasticceria Monello in via Manzoni, owned and operated by real Sicilians for crazily good pastries and cannoli.

Italian traditions include a drink before dinner, a classic aperitivo. The best one in town is in Como downtown at Pane e Tulipani.

Generally, there are no special restaurants in the Como area, with probably one unique exception: the the Cantuccio, in the old town of Albavilla, 15 mins drive from Como downtown. Staying downtown Como though, you can head to the Sociale, close to the city theater, or find a good pizza at Riva Cafè, between piazza Volta and the lake side. La Cucina di Elsa in Piazza Volta and the Marketplace are hot spots for quality seafood. The Cantina Frasca in Cernobbio is also very good, with fairly high quality traditional food and a very friendly atmosphere, but don't expect lake view! For a fair-enough trade off between food quality and lake view, go to Crotto dei Platani in Brienno, 20 mins away from Como still along the Lake west coast where Cernobbio is.

If it happens you find yourself in Como around end of May / beginning of June with your classic lady, let's ping me and we can join together the "Giro Notturno del Lario" (Lake Como night ride), the local classic car competition bringing you all around the lake, on a 160 KMs track divided in several stages and tests disseminated along the whole circuit. More to come in the next posts on this topic!


Monday, 9 January 2012

The trick to make this blog a cool place to visit on the Internet: you

Ladies and Gentlemen, I think I finally decided how I can turn this blog into a proper speakers' corner, as it was in my plans since the beginning.

My simple idea would be to talk more and more about people rather than sticking to events reports: ideally, I would like this little spot to become a nice place on the Internet where everyone can explain how (s)he interacts with the classic cars world. Obviously, some high-profile and under-the-spotlight events like Silverstone Classics or Goodwood will always have visibility here, I just cannot avoid talking about them!

If you are a collector, I would like you to tell me how you chose, bought or restored your car, how you found it, or made it shine again after years of storage at granpa's garage.

Or maybe, your passion has even become a profession: hence, why don't you tell us your story? How you achieved your dream, quit your desk at local Bank and started taking pictures, drawing, writing, or selling and restoring (GB, preferably) cars.

Anyone interested to be the first? a quick & written interview, some pics or videos at your choice and voila, we'll get started! come on, show off a bit :-)

You can find me at brit.gasoline@yahoo.com

Thursday, 5 January 2012

an unknown gem in the Italian classic car racing panorama

Do you want to try something really different? the Bergamo Historic Grand Prix is the answer. I am not a recurring participant yet (I first joined this incredible event only in 2010), I unfortunately missed the 2011 edition, but I still have those days in my mind as it was yesterday and they will hardly blow away. The Bergamo Historic Grand Prix (BHGP) is a proper racing event, not the usual - boring  - parade of ancient supercars. And, on top of everything else, it is run in Bergamo old town, all around the historic wall of the city in an unbelievable scenario. BHGP is a recurring event and it will take place again in May 2012: some of the most important Gentlemen drivers from all over the World are confirming their presence for the 2012 edition which is going to be memorable. They are coming over in this tiny, medieval location in northern Italy with a tangible, increasing enthusiasm to race their pre-1970, sometimes multi-million cars and enjoy the unique taste of a GP that - as Simone, the organizer, loves to say - "would still be part of the F1 World Championship  today, as it was back in 1935, if only it was not just a couple of yards shorter than the minimum lenght required by the F1 Regulation". Well, fair enough: I am pretty sure the crowd who attends the historical GP would in large majority not prefer to watch modern F1 cars rather than the spectacular Lister, XK 120 OTS, Lotus 11, Porsche 904, Ferrari Daytona (ex Steve Mc Queen) that were shown in most of the Editions. If you read Italian, take anyway a look at the romantic history of the GP, from its glorious time to the years of silence, until the exhausts came back in Bergamo in 2004.

When I raced there in 2010, I brought my Jag E Type V12 and, gosh, that was hard, that was an experience! Gentlemen drivers are not there to sit on their... hands; they are definitely willing to test the performance of their jewels. So much that I had to constantly look around during the 2 manches to avoid blocking or slowing down a former F1 car or a Lancia Stratos ex-Works! any fear to damage by mistake those milestones of the automotive history? oh, yes-sir.

My personal best-in-show, just in case you want to know, was the fantastic, perfectly restored, Healey Silverstone owned by Mr. Gagliotto: never seen a better one in my life.

Finally, please let me say that the spirit of the event is inspired by fun, friendship, passion. You can feel that drivers want to show off their skills a bit, ok, but there it is most of all an extremely pleasant chance to meet up with passionate people from all over the Globe, talk about cars, and enjoy time altogether.

If you are considering to join the GP on May 27, 2012, maybe you'll be convinced either by the interactive contents of the BHGP Home Page, or by the pics and videos posted on the official BHGP Facebook Page that I am managing along with the organizers. I can't wait to be back in Bergamo!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Italian classic cars shows in early 2012

Gentlemen, are you planning a trip to the Land of sunshine? if you are, then you'd better think about February. While there is always a chance to take a little break to head to Rome, Venice or Florence and take loads of pictures of Italian pieces of classic art, there are a few occasions to enjoy the Italian genuine passion for oldtimers. But, this is not the case in February: Make Automotoretro (February 10, 11 and 12) in Turin and Autoclassica (17, 18 and 19) in Milan your destinations and satisfy your appetite of Italian taste. Alright, it is maybe not that easy to convince your wife, spouse, girlfriend, lover to spend some days in Italy on February, a little bit too early to enjoy sunshine and seaside. However, this is a great time for skying on the Alps, and the Turin surroundings will not disappoint you from this perspective. Until January 29th, you will even be still on time to visit the exhibition dedicated to Leonardo (life & works, including the auto-portrait) at the Venaria Reale, a deliciously refurbished, fantastic location near Turin, which is definitely worth a visit. In Milan, you may take a few hours to visit the recently renewed Museo del 900, where the italian art masterpieces of last century are stored in a permanent collection.

Back to the engines, Automotoretro in Turin is a well established exhibition, attracting lots of tourists and collectors. However, should I pick only one of the 2, I would go in Milan, trying to attend (rectius, be invited to) the thrillling RM auction, showing up at the parade of the Concours d'elegance, or supporting any driver at the adrenalinic Alfa Romeo GTA tracking competition.

Enjoy Italy, enjoy these early-2012 classic cars happenings

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

looking for a 250k EUR car?

My first post in English is dedicated to a friend of mine, a wealth management advisor who has been luckily instructed to look for a "rare and powerful sport coupe from the 50s / 60s" for a client of his Firm. Budget? quite an incredible range at least for my pockets, merely "fair enough" for my dreams: 250-400k USD.

Well, he reached out to me knowing I am a passionate and a little collector, looking for any tips to start the research. How cool is his job? I started elaborating some thoughts on this & I am reporting them below for you. Enjoy, and feel free to disagree or challenge my conclusions :-).

First of all, I think the choice should be really linked to the style and taste of the buyer. I had no other indications than the ones relating to the budget, which sounds extremely weird to me, having to deal with with a collector ready to put 400 k USD on the table. So, first of all, I would determine what kind of car the investor wants: a car to shock others? a fast vehicle? a car good as an investment, and so on and so forth.

Anyway, in my opinion a good investment around that quotation should be undoubtedly a car eligible to the 1000 Miglia and the other most important races in the world: then, you shouldn't be looking around for a car manufactured after 1957.

If you want to stay on a rare (one-off!) Ferrari, there is an interesting Scaglietti advertised on a French site:

An absolute find and a super investment, maybe slightly above the said budget would be a Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada.

Or, "Powerful" cars may stand for "track/racing" cars, then some ex-works would really make the difference to surprise external observer: think about a Lancia 037 or a Stratos then around the price you mention.

Back to my passion - Her Royal Majesty cars - an evergreen, good for investment and - despite the average price - an "entry level" car (as it is not super rare) for those rich collectors who want to get closer to this world, is an Aston Martin from the DB series, likely a 2/4 as it is a pure icon. Talking about british Icons, a Jag e-Type lightweight may cost less than the given budget, it's rare and extremely powerful and pleasant to drive. As investment, and as an absolute piece of art and design, would be an Healey Silverstone (fits budegt and description: late 40s, fast, luxurious, rare, charming).

For that price, if one is not looking for a single investment, there could be a good chance to think about building up a little collection of rare, stilish, and surprisingly funny cars. Among Italian cars, I would go for a  Lancia Flaminia Zagato (around 80k), an Aurelia B20 GT (good for the Mille Miglia if pre-'57, same price) and I would spice it up with a British touch: an iconinc e-Type or a Jag XK120 OTS. I am sure I would then stuck in the GB for a Lotus Elite S1 (60k Eur), a TVR Griffith (80k Eur), a Lotus 11, 15 or 23 (each and every one of them around 100k EUR. 

So, folks: if you are hanging around, desperately looking to spend a couple of hundred thousands dollars (or other currency of your choice), enjoy your research, I would love to be crowling around for a similar task! (or even be the buyer: unlikely to happen :-)

sotto il materasso, sui mercati o in una storica?

In tempo di crisi, si consolida il fenomeno dell'investimento in un'auto d'epoca, considerato sicuro rispetto alla volatilità dei mercati finanziari.Già il Telegraph ne parlava nel 2010, e molti siti di settore ritornano oggi sul punto. Classic Cars For Sale ha addirittura un digest settimanale che parla dei trend di vendita. Cominciano infine a proliferare i siti di concessionari che, cercando di ricavarsi una nicchia fra gli spietati concorrenti, si propongono come advisor piuttosto che come qualificati restauratori.

Alcune considerazioni su questo fenomeno sono condivisibili, qualche altra meno e altre, a parer mio, non sono state approfondite a sufficienza. Ecco i miei "two cents" sul punto, dalla prospettiva dell'appassionato.

Innanzitutto evitiamo le sentenze che considerano il mondo del collezionismo spacciato proprio in considerazione dell'afflusso nel mondo delle auto di capitali una volta investiti sui mercati finanziari o nell'arte. Non serve essere un esperto per capire che in realtà il mondo delle auto storiche e da collezione è destinato per sua stessa natura all'estinzione, a prescindere dalle future dinamiche di circolazione dei pezzi e del capitale.

Dagli anni '80, infatti, il mondo dell'auto vive sulla produzione di massa, sulla crescita e sulle economie di scala ed i maggiori produttori oggi sostengono che servano almeno 5 milioni di veicoli all'anno su scala globale per sostenere i costi d'impresa. Da qui, le inevitabili concentrazioni aziendali e la sparizione di attori non competitivi, vedi, da ultimo, Saab. Il mondo dell'auto d'epoca si è dunque fermato intorno agli anni 70, ed i collezionisti devono giocare con quanto presente sul piatto a quella data. Le auto successive raggiungeranno i 20 o i 30 anni necessari a diventare una storica, ma non saranno rare, non saranno altrettanto appetibili. Le serie limitate avranno il loro mercato, ma difficilmente lo stesso fascino.

Dunque la scarsità di risorse e lo stallo del mercato, che non puo' per sua stessa natura produrre nuovi pezzi destinati a diventare "da collezione", fanno il prezzo ed avvantaggiano in ultima istanza chi ha maggiore capacità di spesa. Ma stiamo davvero parlando degli investitori? La speculazione e la paura dei mercati è davvero un elemento chiave in questo mondo? A parer mio, no. Piuttosto, risulta fondamentale la diffusione di questa passione nella classe medio-alta, il proliferare di esercenti di settore (restauratori o presunti tali, commercianti professionali, noleggiatori, creatori di eventi) e la globalizzazione della domanda.

Il fenomeno della distrazione dai mercati di capitali investiti sulle auto d'epoca interessa primariamente chi gestisce i grandi patrimoni. Si tratta di chi partecipa alle aste di Bonhams, di RM e compagnia cantando. L'impato è minimo, a parer mio, sul mercato delle "medie", quelle auto, per intenderci, che viaggiano su una quotazione compresa nel ventaglio fra 25.000 e 50.000 Euro e che infatti vivono su valutazioni costanti.

Qualcuno potrebbe obbiettare che le valutazioni di auto tradizionalmente di successo, come la MGA, sono in realtà aumentate di circa il 20-25% in 5 anni (una spider si comprava con 18-20.000 Eur nel 2005, oggi non si compra con meno di 25), ma quasi nessuno considera gli inevitabili costi di manutenzione. Un'auto non è un quadro ed ha bisogno di cure, di costi annui, di interventi di restauro che diventano sempre piu' cari e sempre pi' insidiosi. Un restauro di una MGA, nazional-popolare anche in merito alla ampia disponibilità di ricambi, oggi puo' facilmente doppiare la boa del costo di acquisto; è altrettanto complesso individuare un restauratore, un carrozziere ed un meccanico competente, fra i mille "esperti" o presunti tali, che lavori su preventivi accettabili e che non vanifichi la spesa con la propria incompetenza; Se ci si affida a chi esperto e professionista affermato lo è davvero, e con merito (la cui opera - ben inteso - determina anche il consolidamento della valutazione dell'auto, come Borghi a Milano per le Inglesi), allora bisogna prepararsi a pagarli a tariffe orarie vicine a quelle di un medico. Il trend di crescita nelle valutazioni va dunque decisamente ridimensionato.

Sarà, invece, il mercato delle inarrivabili ad essere sempre piu' inaccessibile, ma chi non ha un patrimonio davvero ingente non ne faccia un cruccio: si tratta, in modo del tutto simile al passato, di un discorso riservato a pochi eletti. Forse gli unici a subirne le conseguenze saranno coloro che fino a 10 anni fa potevano aspirare all'acquisto di un pezzo pregiatissimo, del valore di qualche centinaio di milioni di Lire, ma ora dovranno rinunciare, stretti nella morsa di un mercato allargato alle tasche delle elite straniere. Un esempio? Prendiamo una Ferrari 275 GTB/2: circa 10 anni fa costava intorno ai 150.000 Euro, ora viaggia costantemente sopra il mezzo milione di Euro.

I nuovi investitori, dunque, allargano semplicemente la forbice, disegnando un solco sempre piu' profondo fra i sogni, che per molti diventeranno sempre piu' lontani, e la realtà. Annullano, di fatto, quella che potrebbe essere definita come la classe media, la borghesia delle auto storiche.

L'unico altro riverbero che noto è la lievitazione dei prezzi d'ingresso a questo mondo, che ha un impatto sulle piccole auto entry level. Dimenticatevi, o voi ch'entrate, di possedere una Rover Mini Cooper o una Fiat 500 per 1000 Euro: dovrete sborsarne almeno 5000 per evitare brutte sorprese. Anche qui, nessun dramma: c'è certamente piu' richiesta di piccole auto Inglesi e Italiane soprattutto all'estero, ma non è una questione legata agli investimenti, quanto alla globalizzazione della domanda ed alla scarsità dei pezzi in commercio, come già detto.