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eBay Motors should know which cars represent the greatest investment potential right now, right? They got to know what cars are selling for now and are on the precipice of exploding in the blink of an eye!

Here is what a savvy eBay observer recently disclosed …

eBay Motors editor Benjamin Hunting identifies five models currently affordable for almost any enthusiast that are perched to climb the stairway of appreciation.  He states you can pretty easily find a “clean” version of each because the year/make/model has been overlooked by the serious players… and they were produced in sufficient numbers to not be rare.

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PORSCHE 944.  Huntings says it proved an entry-level Porsche could acquit itself admirably both on the street and the track.  He suggests the 1989 – 1991 Porsche 944 S2 with 208 hp from a hearty 3.0-liter four cylinder engine with 50/50 weight distribution.

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BMW 325is.  So you may not be able to afford the E30-generation BMW M3, but he likes the 325is coupe as a canny alternative.  Introduced in 1987, it offers 168 horsepower and 164 pound-feet of torque from a 2.5-liter inline-six and offers sleeker lines than the standard 325i.  He recommends the 1990 – 1991 models.

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Mazda RX-7.  Specifically the 1993 – 1995.  Svelte and gorgeous.  That’s a 1.3-liter twin-turbo rotary engine whirling out 260 horsepower. Huntings says don’t be put off by the exotic drivetrain… there is plenty of contemporary support and engineering options.  Act before everyone jumps on the bandwagon.

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Datsun 240Z, 260Z, 280Z.  Too late to the party, you must restrain yourself from the 1970-71 Datsun 240Z.  These rare coupes have already gone through the roof if their roof isn’t already rusted. Focus on the 1972-1978 models, which “run the gamut from the last of the 2.4-liter, straight-six 240Zs to the in-between 260Z and the ultimate fuel-injected, five-speed 280Z.”  They offer the ultimate in practicality as repairs are uncomplicated and parts are interchangeable among all eight years of production.

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Toyota MR2. Available from 1984 to the mid-1990s clicks all the buttons : mid-engine design, available supercharged or turbocharged drivetrains, alluring design and available T-tops.  So far a yawn from collectors, which means opportunity for the insightful car enthusiast who can handle rock-bottom prices.

BTW, here are the most popular cars being sold on Ebay this year:

  • 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
  • 2007 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2002 Ford Explorer
  • 2006 BMW 3-Series
  • 2002 BMW 3-Series

You can add this eBay list of five sports cars to the list of good investments in classics identified by Hagerty.  Click on our *Ten Emerging Classics…* post of a few weeks ago.

Please share this with your friend with a small bankroll burning a hole in his pocket, looking to invest in an enjoyable ride and THEN make a killing when he or she is ready to move on.

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