Due to the shortage of new models and the rising demand for older vehicles, the average price of a second-hand car grew by 28 percent last year. If you know where to look, however, you can get some summer-ready roadsters that are not much affected by the price hikes.

The Hagerty Valuation Team revealed that there are still two-seater convertibles that have managed to remain affordable despite the heated car market. From the data they received from the last two years, they were able to identify a group of recession-proof roadsters whose value has remained did not increase or decrease by more than give percent of their value.

lfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce

The iconic 105-series Spider from Alfa Romeo is simply beautiful. And there are good units that are great to drive too. The Spider has up to Series 4 and Series 1 cars, which are commonly known as ‘boat tails’ are considered to be the most desirable of all the series. Production for the Spider ended in 1993.

Hagerty UK Price Guide Editor John Mayhead shared that between 2015 and 2019, the values of the Spider sharply rose and then eventually levelled off. For a concours condition Series 1 cars, collectors would gladly pay well for them as they can sell for more than £50,000. A decent 2000 Veloce could be had for only £14,800.

ustin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite

Initially, the Frogeye Sprite was planned to have pop-up headlights. Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, the supposed pop-up headlights became permanent giving it a froggy façade.

From 2012 to 2018, top Hagerty Price Guide values rose from £16,000 to £27,300, it then dropped a little after that then eventually leveled out. The model has been highly coveted in the US.


Fiat X1/9 1300

Fiat X1/9 1300

The mid-engined layout in road cars was popularized by the Lamborghini Miura, but it was the Fiat X1/9 which brought it to the masses. An early X1/9 model had 13-inch steel wheels with minimal external plastic while the late models had impact bumpers, rubbing strips, and busy color schemes.

Despite the chaos of the last few years, the X1/9 really only saw a drop of five percent. The best examples of the X1/9 can be sold for £20,000, a Hagerty ‘Condition 2 (excellent)’ is worth less than half the value of a concours example.


Jaguar XK150 3.4 DHC

Jaguar XK150 3.4 DHC.

The successor of the XK120 and the XK140, the XK150 offers the most value for money compared to the other XK models. Hagerty’s John Mayhead claimed that the drophead gives car owners the feeling of top-down motoring without having to pay for a Roadster.

Data from Hagerty shows that the value of the 3.4 has been slowly rising for the last few years and so far it has no evidence that it will stop.

For the best examples in the world, buyers can expect to pay up to £109,000, but a condition 4 car is only £35,000. With its elegant and unique features, the XK150 is the best example of a British roadster.


Mercedes-Benz Typ 350 SL (R 107, 1971 bis 1989). Der Typ wurde bis 1980 gebaut.
Mercedes-Benz 450 SL (R 107 series, 1971 to 1989). This version was built until 1980

Mercedes-Benz 450SL (R107)

For the longest time, the R107 was seen as rather uncool, and it has been very interesting to watch people’s perception of the roadster slowly shifting. The R107 did a full 360, however, and it was another shift that started in the 2010s. Although a bit slower,

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By: Reggie
Title: Recession-Proof Roadsters According To The Hagerty Valuation Team
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/recession-proof-roadsters-according-to-the-hagerty-valuation-team/
Published Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2022 16:28:20 +0000

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