There are many reasons to buy a youngtimer: On the one hand, most cars
that are between 20 and 30 years old are really affordable and make it
possible for some people to finally fulfill a previously unattainable
car dream. Others like to look back on their childhood with this car or
enjoy the powerful V6 and V8 of bygone times in times of ever smaller
engines. On the other hand, youngtimers have more comfort and more
modern technology (a curse or a blessing depending on the car) and the
spare parts are more readily available and not as expensive as those for
real vintage rarities.
Youngtimers are becoming more and more popular. That's a fact and with
today's interest rate situation on the capital markets, investing in
vehicles makes perfect sense. As always, it is ideal to invest before
the appreciation. So it is best to buy the right young classic car and
take good care of it so that it increases in value as a classic car in a
But of course not every car has the potential to become an icon of its
time. It means looking closely and weighing everything up. We will help
GENERAL YOUNGTIMER STARS
Cars that have already made it into a top ten
Taste is discussable.Even with online research, there is no agreement on the top ten.
Here is a list of the vehicles that were mentioned in such articles (bold marked several times 😉):
Mercedes G class
BMW 7 Series (E32/E38)
BMW 8 series
Suzuki Vitara (1st series)
BMW M3 (E30/E36)VW T4 (Bus/Caravelle)
Audi S4 B5 Avant
VW Golf GTI II and III
Honda CRX (1983-1998)
BMW 5 Series E28 or as E34
Ford Mustang Mk III/Mk IV
BMW M3 E46
Porsche 996 turbo
Mercedes 500 E (W 124)
Porsche Boxster 986
Alfa Spider Series 916
Mercedes Benz SLK R170
BMW Z3 2.0
Audi TT 8N
Jaguar XJ 4.0 V8 (X308)
Bentley Continental GT
Alfa Romeo GTV
Jeep Wrangler models CJ7 and YJ
Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ V8 5.9 Limited
Ferrari F430 Challenge
Nissan 350 Z
MAXILITE YOUNGTIMER STARS
There is something for every taste and every wallet!
But we've also taken the trouble to create our own top ten and share our reasons for doing so.
There should be something for every wallet and every taste.So here are what we think are the best youngtimers:
1 . A L F A S P I D E R S E R I ES 9 1 6 ( T W I N S P A R K )
Alfa Romeo Spider Series 916 impresses above all with its provocative
wedge design and its excellent handling in curves. Even if the chassis
tuning is a bit too sporty and the car is therefore relatively hard on
the road, the Spider 916 (despite front-wheel drive) is a real cornering
star thanks to its multilink rear axle with longitudinal, wishbone and
With the dramaturgy, independence and provocation of this car, the Alfa
Romeo designers, in cooperation with the traditional Ferrari body shop,
have created a masterpiece and really shown courage. With the unique
wedge shape, the heavy doors, deep seats and the functional but very
tasteful cockpit consisting of two large clocks for speed and rpm as
well as three other round instruments in the wide center console, the
Spider 916 definitely has what it takes to become an icon.
There are small deductions for the small trunk and the relatively high
weight of almost 1.4 tons as well as the transverse engine and
front-wheel drive. But the 916 with its four-cylinder with (Alfa) light
metal head has a great Alfa Romeo sound that is just addictive. His
rumbling when stationary turns into a pithy hissing when driving fast
and from 4000 rpm you don't want to take your foot off the gas and he
always sounds like more than 155 hp!
Depending on the mileage, equipment and condition, the price varies between €3,500 and €7,500.
2 . A U D I S 4 B 5 A V A N T
An understated Quattro with a lot of power and some boot space currently has a market value of around €20,000.Due
to the 265 hp of the elastic V6 biturbo engine, the S4 accelerates from
zero to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, but the elegant interior is also
buying a used car, the car must be checked carefully, because the turbo
engine invites you to play tuning games and you also have to make sure
that the displays are intact.However, if the model has the original performance, it runs reliably and remains in demand and quite difficult to obtain.If you have bought such a gem, it only becomes a problem if a turbo is broken.Then it gets expensive because Audi recommends replacing both chargers.
3 . B E N T L E Y C O N T I N E N T A L G T
Bentley has always stood for unattainable luxury.Anyone
who has always dreamed of owning such a luxury cruiser can now buy a
Bentley Continental GT for around €30,000, which embodies all the
Bentley attributes and doesn't look that old at all.Of
course you can also buy a Golf GTI annual car with the money and then
you don't have the high maintenance costs and (with a consumption of 15
l/100 km) also not the high costs for fuel and tires.But that's not a Bentley.
is definitely not for long-distance commuters, even if this luxuriously
equipped twelve-cylinder coupé with permanent all-wheel drive, as the
name suggests, invites you to travel across entire continents in an
incredibly relaxed yet fast manner.The W12 biturbo gives it 560 hp and, despite its high weight, makes it a real fastback with a top speed of 318 km/h.
4 . B M W M 3 E 4 6
the M3 E46 you have to be quick, because a few years ago the market
value was around €10,000, but now the offers are only starting at
wonder, because it has everything a classic needs: a coupé body,
in-line six-cylinder naturally aspirated engine and a short construction
its naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine, the M3 E46 hits all the
pitches and not only does it sound great - with 343 hp and rear-wheel
drive, it goes that way too.The six-speed manual gearbox installed from 2004 then makes this beauty perfect.
However, you should definitely pay attention to the history when buying.Unfortunately,
many 3-series models are not spared from being pimped and overheated,
and rust can also be found on body edges, wheel arches and the front
fenders.Also make sure that the electronics and the displays of the on-board computer, radio and air conditioning are working.
5 . F E R R A R I F 4 3 0 C H A L L E N G E
It wouldn't be a Ferrari if it weren't used and expensive.You
can't get a 15-year-old F430 Challenge for less than €90,000, but you
can usually assume that the engine and transmission are in good shape.
The V8 engine has a displacement of 4.3 liters with 490 hp, a maximum torque of 465 Nm and a top speed of 315 km/h.The mid-engine coupé is based on an aluminum space frame and has an F1 gearshift.Therefore, when buying a used clutch, the highly stressed clutch should be checked for wear.On
the other hand, the ever-dreaded timing belt change on the F430 is
superfluous, since its V8 drives the camshafts via a timing chain for
the first time.
6 . M A S E R A R T I 3 2 0 0 G T ( H A N D - S H I F T E D )
beautiful Maserati Coupé 3200 GT with Boomerang taillights and a great
V8 biturbo engine for 370 hp is currently available from €25,000.
They say that Maserati comes with drama and elegance as standard.But
the fact is that, in addition to the body designed by Italdesign and
the Boomerang rear lights, there is at least one other reason to get
involved with this small series coupé for the price of a mid-range VW
Golf: It is the last Maserati with a biturbo V8 and itwere also only 4,795 copies.The
biturbo engine not only runs great, it sounds great too – unless it's
not accelerating or the revs are jumping because the adaptive throttle
caps are broken.
When buying, it is best to do a compression test and adjust the valves every 20,000 km.The quality of the details leaves something to be desired.Instead, there is Italian elegance, lots of power and fragrant leather.
7 . M E R C E D E S S L K R 1 7 0 ( 2 3 0 K O M P R E S S O R )
Since 1996, the sole rule of the SL at Mercedes has been history and the first SLK rolled off the assembly line.Not
a racing car with 136 hp, but a purist roadster with a steel hood in
the trunk, solid technology and the star in the radiator grille.Today the price range is from €6,000 - €15,000.However, you should make sure that the top moves in and out properly and that the sills are rust-free.
8 . N I S S A N 3 5 0 Z
those who don't need a station wagon and don't like a Mercedes, the
Nissan 350Z, available from around €15,000, could be the right car.With
its long hood, short tail, wide track and lovely details like the Z
logos on the front fenders that refer to the Fairlady tradition, this
car is definitely not boring.
3.5L V6 engine for 280 hp and the variable camshaft adjustment pulls
like a bull, sounds good and revs quite freely up to 7,000 rpm.Not only the handling, the whole car is really problem free even in terms of rust.No wonder the prices are rising again!
9 . P O R S C H E 9 9 6 T U R B O
can get a powerful Porsche 996 turbo with all-wheel drive and biturbo
engine with 3.6 liters for 420 hp, which is definitely suitable for
everyday use, from €45,000.With its complex technology, however, it is definitely a 911 for advanced drivers.Like all other 911s, this one is considered indestructible and should easily reach 200,000 km.
Fortunately, he was not concerned about the intermediate shaft bearing and the cylinder bores of the Carrera engine.However, caution is advised before subsequent tuning via the software, because the additional power leads to increased wear.The
optional ceramic brake system is also very susceptible to rapid wear,
which is why many owners have opted for the steel system.
The car is excellently finished and has a fully galvanized body.However, you should pay close attention to accidental damage and have it checked by a specialist or appraiser.
1 0 . V W G O L F I V R 3 2
Golf stands for timeless design and exceptional durability and quality.The craziest of all four Golfs is definitely the R32.It
appeared in 2002 with wide sills, thick tailpipes and a narrow-angled
V6 under the hood and (as the first VW) with a dual-clutch gearbox
the 3.2L V6 with a 15-degree cylinder angle, which is also installed in
the Touareg and Phaeton, naturally has it much easier in a Golf, it
really packs a punch on the road.However, the four-wheel drive and the overall rather well-behaved design protects against too much nonsense.
The R32 is already expensive today and has a market value of around €24,000.The cheapest alternative is a GTI V5 with 170 hp or a V6 with 204 hp.