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Ford Performance Vehicles Could Prove Fine Targets for “Passion” Investors

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It’s a pretty common understanding that vehicles start depreciating pretty much the second you drive them off a dealership lot, but is that true for every single vehicle? Technically, no, which is why Ford is including its vehicles in a conversation about “passion” investing.

If you aren’t sure what qualifies as a passion investment, think wine, art, and expensive watches. According to the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, total growth from cars in the past decade was better than property at 452%, and Ford vehicles tend to offer lower purchase prices and high returns on investment.

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But before you go thinking that your 2016 Fiesta might be worth a mint, keep in mind that the vehicles in question tend to be hard-to-find performance cars. Of these, there is none higher than the Ford GT40, which bodes particularly well for anyone lucky enough to get their hands on a 2017 Ford GT.

“The legendary Ford GT40 supercar accounts for the lion’s share of the most expensive Fords ever to be sold at auction, and the new Ford GT, which is being delivered to customers right now, will be our most exclusive car ever—limited to volumes of no more than 250 per year globally,” said Jim Farley, executive vice president and president, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “But more attainable classic hot hatches are showing impressive gains—providing they are in good condition.”

The four most expensive Fords ever sold at auction are all GT40s: a 1968 GT40 sold in August 2012 for $10.9 million; a 1964 GT40 Prototype sold in April 2014 for $7.6 million; a 1965 GT40 Roadster sold in August 2014 for $6.9 million; and a 1966 GT40 Mk1 sold in August of last year for $4.8 million. From there, the cliff is steep, with the fifth most-expensive Ford being a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Mustang, which sold for $1.3 million in May 2013.

A non-GT and non-Mustang that has appreciated a great deal is the 1984 Ford RS200, which originally cost €58,908 and sold for an average of €174,091 in 2016. Take note, Ford Focus RS owners!

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