One of the more expensive hobbies of the rich is that they absolutely love buying expensive cars. They can definitely afford them and then when it is time to get rid of them, they don't have a problem selling them for mere chump change. That is something that folks like us can't really do. For most of us, a car is an investment just like buying a house. You want it to give you the best price possible when you decide to sell it and get an upgrade. Just like everything else that we own, cars also depreciate in value over the years, some more than the others. Usually, people tend to avoid cars that would initially cost them a lot and then won't even sell for half the original price but this is something that can't really be predicted.
Some cars end up losing value just because they are expensive to maintain or have a number of mechanical issues which is why no one is willing to touch them. This is also true the other way around as well. The McLaren F1 is a prime example of this; while it was really expensive to begin with, the value and prices for this unique supercar have only gone up with time with prices easily running into the millions. The McLaren F1 was also a product of the 90s, a time when car manufacturers were moving away from the boxy looks of the 80s. So, we set out to round up a list of cars from the 90s that ended up having either the best or the worst resale values in the world of automobiles.
25 1994 Aston Martin DB7 Volante
The DB7 began production in the year 1994 and was immediately acknowledged as one of the best cars by all of the motoring press. This is due to the fact that it had a top speed of 160 mph giving it the supercar feel and also the luxurious interior which impressed everyone on the market.
The car could be purchased at release for a whopping $136,500; however, the supercar can now be traded in for approximately a price as low as just $30,000.
The value of the car has depreciated a lot, which is great for people looking to get their hands on the car, however with this low price the maintenance costs of the DB7 are still high which is something to keep in mind while purchasing the car for a price that does not depict its true value.
24 BMW Series 7
The E38 was the Series 7 car by BMW which was released in 1994 as a 1995 model car. BMW introduced Diesel power in the Series 7 for the first time and the E-38 was offered in three wheelbases. The 740 had short and long wheelbases, the 750iL which had the V-12 engine was only in long-wheelbase form, and then there was an L7 which was a limousine having an option to have a partition to separate the passenger compartment. The E38 was the first car to have curtain airbags and the first BMW car to have an inbuilt television, and so it cost around $70,000, however now this luxury car can be purchased for about $20,000.
23 Jaguar S-Type
The S-Type was produced under Ford management, and it was supposed to be a whole new genre of Jaguar meant to take on German car producers. It had the platform which was shared only by the Lincoln LS and the Thunderbird, which was supposed to give it a high quality feel. However, switches, gauges and door handles from the Ford parts bin made customers think that the car was not of high quality.
Of course, it would not have made a good impression anyway; the car was in competition with the BMW 5-series and had the interior which looked a lot like the one in a Ford Taurus. Because of such downfalls, the S-type did not sell as much as expected hence from an initial price of close to $50,000 the S-type is now available for just below $7,000.
22 1991 Porsche 928
In its day the Porsche 928 was one of the most expensive cars, and in 19 years of production, they produced close to sixty thousand units but sadly only close to twenty thousand units sold. Not only was it expensive to purchase back in the day, but also it was expensive to maintain and fix and so it has a really steep depreciation curve. It’s really easy to purchase now, however, the thought process to buy the car should be based upon one reason, which is that you specifically like the 928, and not because it will give you a great return upon selling it.
21 1998 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra
One of the most appreciated cars made by Ford, the Mustang line is still one of the most wanted cars to all car enthusiasts. With V-6 and V-8 engines, the car brings speed along with muscle to the table. In its iconic yellow color and the engine sound it makes, the motorway police are always on the lookout for the Mustang.
The original price was $28,500 which has now dipped down to roughly $5,000, mainly due to the maintenance costs.
The maintenance, however, is not needed as much, but when the need arises it costs you a lot. Hence the value has depreciated a lot since its release although it’s still one of the most loved cars.
20 1995 Buick Roadmaster Estate
Buick Roadmaster Estate was one of the perfect cars for a family back in the day. The 2-ton sedan had lots of trunk space to keep your camping gear when going on vacation, and it has lots of seating space for a large family. The exterior, however, has a few problems which are easily fixed with glue, but some problems are in the manufacturing such as thin fenders which give a cheap feel. Customers really appreciate the drive on this car, however one of the main problems which why people keep away from the car are the fuel costs. The original price was around $26,000 and now this car can be found close to $3,000.
19 1991 BMW M5
This car was ridiculously overpriced when it first came out, to the point where if you spent a few more dollars you could own a house in a very nice location instead.
However, the price could be argued upon as the 1991 BMW M5 gave better engine compared to their E28 M5 and 535i’s power.
It was a sports sedan, and since the automatic cars of those times were not as efficient, the M5 was all manual. Most prices for the M5 range about $5000-$10,000 nowadays, whereas upon launch it cost around $60,000 which is equivalent to a huge $103,595 to nowadays. The depreciation is mostly due to the fuel economy and better options available at that time for a lesser price tag, and keeping in mind the running costs are also really high.
18 1999 Toyota 4Runner
The Toyota 4runner is a spacious SUV with a gracious drive suitable for a family vehicle. The SUV is a really reliable car, and it has been a worthy companion to all its owners throughout but of course at a price of high maintenance costs. Being an SUV, the space helps you with camping trips, carrying your band equipment of even moving things from your old apartment to your new one. The vehicle is really reliable, from its mechanics to the exterior and interior, however, people usually do not go for older model SUVs especially in the cities, they are ideal for countrysides mostly.
With high maintenance costs every year, even with reliability provided most people would rather opt for a newer model SUV with the same costs, hence the value depreciated from about $22000 to a mere $5000.
17 1992 Subaru Alcyone SVX
The Alcyone in its time was one of a kind and a bang for the buck, thanks to its smooth body, six-cylinder engine and an all-wheel drive.
Initially, it cost close to $68,000 which sounds expensive but compared to its rivals such as Mazda RX-7 and Nissan 300ZX it was a bargain.
However, now the car can be purchased for under $10,000. This might be because of the outdated analog instruments and shiny plastic on the interior which does not suit the standards of today. Although economical, the car is not as speedy compared to cars in the same category today which is another possible reason for the depreciation.
16 1990 Chevrolet Corvette
One of the most famous sports cars is the Corvette; it can still be seen in most racing genre video games. The engine was great, it gave amazing results for the speed, and to add on the braking and handling was superior to its competitors at that point in time.
This car can go from 0-60mph in just a mere 4.9 seconds, which helps it live up to its expectations. However, the body of the car although from afar looks really attractive, from a closer look it has a plastic feel and it just does not feel like it is well stitched together.
The interior over time seems to come apart, making the corvettes less appealing. These and the running charges are the reasons for the price decay of around $110,000 initial worth according to currency now, and $30,000 for a used corvette nowadays.
15 1999 Mercedes Benz SL600
Mercedes have always produced classy cars, and the 1999 SL600 was not anything less. Most customers who own a Mercedes have always said these cars are complex machines; they are just like owning a Swiss timepiece and not just a simple watch. The car is really powerful to drive, has a great interior and AC which is what most people would want when they purchase a Mercedes.
Everything comes with a price though, the car has problems such as electrical wiring ones and the car heating up, and so there is a need for constant maintenance which is by the way really costly. Since most people could not fall in love enough to maintain the car and manage the high costs, the value ended up depreciating quick, the average prices nowadays are close to $20,000 which is quite less for a car which was great back in the day.
14 1995 Lotus Esprit S4
The Lotus Esprit S4 has the looks of a typical sports car of the 90s. It lives up to its standards and does 0-60mph in just 4.8 seconds. Unveiled in 1993, the Esprit S4 was the first model to have a power steering option, and it was really comfortable to be in for a sports car.
The Esprit S4 was able to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche due to its looks and performance rating, and so it rightfully obtained its supercar status among other great cars.
What do can you expect from a sports car? Of course there will be large bills to maintain its costs, and most Lotus club members have advised people to look for a good one, because once a lotus has gone bad no matter how many repairs you can afford it will not be the same as original, which causes a worry to most buyers and hence it led to the depreciation in value of this car.
13 Bentley Arnage
This sports saloon produced in 1998 was the best choice for someone looking for luxury and a little bit of a supercar feel. The name Bentley alongside other names such as Rolls Royce, usually ring the bell of a classy car, having a really luxurious interior and drive feel. The Arnage having its twin-turbo BMW V8 engine gives it powerful drive, however this was not enough according to people as they were expecting more character from the car, so the Volkswagen group bought Bentley and immediately fixed the problem with a new engine making the already appreciated Arnage to a great car. This great car can now be purchased for lesser than £30,000 which is the equivalent of what you would pay for a VW Beetle.
12 Porsche 911
At the time of release the Porsche 911 had a purchase price of $65,000, but with add-on and options it cost a $10,000 extra. The sports car had great reviews as soon as it was driven a few miles by most reviewers. “It has the right amount of power, stellar brakes, impeccable handling, the best/most comfortable OEM seats I’ve ever sat on,” said by editor-in-chief C. So you can get an idea how good this car was considered, and is still considered. So as a result of one of the most satisfactory sports car the value did not take a hit making it one of the cars having a good resale value.
11 McLaren F1
"McLaren will never release another of its amazing £540,000 supercars for road testing to anyone, anywhere in the world." This was the opening sentence from Autocar’s review of the McLaren F1 year 1994.
The car broke records in 1998 in Germany by achieving 243 mph. The driver's seat is positioned in the middle of the car, and you have passenger seats on either side.
The car is too difficult to drive safely even for expert drivers on the streets because it’s really fast, it does 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. These are just a few of the good things about the McLaren F1, which led it not to depreciate in value and might be the least depreciated car yet.
10 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo
After many attempts of creating a sports car to match its competitors, the Toyota brand finally made a name in 1993 with the Supra Turbo. It could do 0-60 mph in just 6.8 seconds. Toyota changed the engine completely from its previous designs while the interior remained unchanged. The engine was able to provide 220 horsepower, and if you still wanted more than what the base engine offers you could go with the turbo variant giving you 320 horsepower.
The Supra was priced at $33,900 and the turbo model started from $39,000 making it really affordable in comparison to its rivals, and it can be found for $25,000 now which is a bargain but still shows the car retained its value.
9 1993 Dodge Viper RT/10
The Viper was inspired from the design of the original Shelby Cobra. The men behind the ideas for this car wanted to build a modern supercar, having a modern engine management system, and a computer-aided suspension design. Chrysler was in charge, and they already had powerful engines however they needed to make them lighter. Luckily, Chrysler owned Lamborghini at the time, and they managed to make the engine lightweight with the help of Lamborghini engineers.
All of these efforts worked and bore them fruit as on release, orders poured in. The Viper was priced at $50,000 and you can get your hands on this beast in a range of $30,000-$40,000.
8 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
The ultimate vintage ride is what this should be called. If you think the newest SUVs are comfortable, try getting inside the Grand Wagoneer, it is like sitting on your leather couch at home while driving to work. The best part about the comfort level of it is that you can afford it at a much cheaper price than SUVs available today. Other than the comfort level this vehicle is solid! You can use it for off-roading as it is a 4x4. Being a luxury SUV it was priced at $23,000 and you can get one now for about $13,600. It has not depreciated much, and rightly so.
7 Lotus Elise S1
A really lightweight sports car of its own time, 20 years ago when this car was launched it could do 0-60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. You can easily figure out if this car has been repaired or damaged by just the cabin, which is a two-seat one to keep it lightweight.
The S1 with some additions would cost you $20,000 back in the day; however, Lotus released a few more variants with changes which performed better. The first model was however still reputed due to it being a low priced sports car, which is why it is still a favorite for people to buy and can be found around $10,000 which is not a lot compared to how much it cost before.
6 Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini did not go soft with the Diablo, the V12 engine installed in the Diablo gave it the trademark power Lamborghini has in their supercars, and so the successor to the Countach did not disappoint. The Diablo was a huge success, and Lamborghini knew it had to be one because at that time competitors like Ferrari & Porsche were producing more civilized cars giving Lamborghini a chance to secure a niche.
Unlike most supercars, the Diablo can fit really tall people because of the headspace it offers.
They offered a rear wing camera as the rear view mirror visibility was lacking, and of course the stand out feature was the V12 engine which made it stand apart and so it cost $260,000 upon release and in today’s worth it costs close to $200,000 making it one of the least depreciated cars among this list.
5 Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 V6
The Alfa Romeo GTV has drop-dead looks, making it feature on most racing car video game titles, along with a beastly engine. The exterior is just the icing on the cake, the interior is really lush looking too making it a great car overall with high performance, great looks and a real luxurious feel on the inside.
It gives a top speed of 160 mph and goes from 0-60 mph in about six seconds while looking great on the road as well.
The price was close £25,000 upon release and a really clean car can be found for about £10,000 which is a bang for the buck for a car this good.
4 Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
Just this one statistic about the Skyline should prove to you why it’s one of the most favorite racing cars of its time: the Skyline won 29 out of 29 races it started in group-A racing in Japan. It overtook its rivals at that time such as the Porsche 911 as it could do 0-62 mph in just 5.6 seconds and attain a top speed of 156 mph. The good bit about the car is that even with it breaking such records it was still cheaper to buy compared to its direct competitors, it was priced at $35,000 maximum. To buy one you do not need a large bank account value, but actually, a lot of willpower to drive the monster, as it only costs about $25,000-$33,000 in today’s worth.
3 Volkswagen Corrado
The Corrado incorporated a VR-6 engine which just means V-inline. The V-inline is a V6 engine having a very narrow-angle having one cylinder head. This solution was really creative and offered the car 190 horsepower and it took it from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds. The best part about this car is not that it gives out outstanding performance, but it is very rare to see on the road, so when you drive it gives you a unique feel. The Corrado can be found for around $10,000 nowadays in top condition, and it was released at $20,000 which was really cheap at that time compared to competitors.
2 Ferrari F355
Really great looks, atrociously speedy and a car which can be used for everyday convenience, the F355 is a complete package.
Coming above all the deficiencies its predecessor the 348 had, the F355 is a really pretty car of its time, and not just that, the F355 offered the driver the power it is supposed to give out.
It can do 0-62 mph in just 4.7 seconds and while doing it the roar of the V8 engine gives you desired feel, hence making it live up to the Ferrari brand name. It was priced around £82,500 during release, and as it is one of the highly rated Ferrari cars of all time, it will cost you around£60,000 which is pretty decent for this supercar.
1 Porsche 993 GT2
The 993 was based on the successful 911 Turbo car, and it had to be produced because of FIA requirements and GT2 class regulations giving it the 993 GT2 name. It does 0-60 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds making it really fast.
The car was a road-legal race car, and it had a few changes to its exterior making it more aggressive looking than its predecessor.
The interior had a premium feel due to the leather covered dashboard and seats, and it felt modern as of 2015 having its long gauge cluster. With an air-cooled, twin-turbo and flat-six engine the car could do 186 mph pricing it around $500,000 at auctions, and now some of the best units available have also been valued to a million dollars.