Most vehicles lose a third of their value as soon as you drive them away from the dealership, a decade or so before the depreciation leads to a date with the scrap yard. But some cars meet a much more lucrative fate. If you were rich enough to pay $18,000 for a Ferrari 250 GTO in the early 1960s, your car would now be worth tens of millions. But how do you know when a car will be worth hundreds or thousands of times its original value? It’s impossible to tell the future, but if the vehicles on display at the Salon Privé earlier this month are anything to go by, some of the upcoming classics will be electric.
Here are some extraordinary vehicles at the Salon Prive event, which took place in the regal surroundings of Blenheim Palace in London, the home of the Duke of Malborough.
Everrati Porsche 911 (964) Gulf Signature Edition
What better place to start than with an electric car that already has a classic as its base? The Everrati is making a name for itself as an electric classic car converter focusing on converting the old Porsche 911 to EVs. The Gulf Signature Edition builds on the 911 (964) conversion that has attracted so much attention and gives it a classic racing livery, which the company has full permission from Gulf Oil to use.
We all know that 911s are faster, even during the 964 era from the late 1980s and early 1990s. But the electrification of the Everrati makes their version even faster. The Signature Edition makes 500bhp and 500Nm of torque, reducing the 0-60mph sprint time to under 4 seconds. The original petrol car had half the power and took just over 5.5 seconds to hit 60mph with a manual gearbox. Thanks to its 53kWh battery, the Everati car can last over 150 miles.
Very few of these cars will be made, so they are highly likely to be collectible classics. Everrati is also branching out into electric Ford GT40s.
AVA “Tara Brown” AC Cobra
Another classic car converter I’ve already written about, the complete version of the Tara Brown AC Cobra of the AVA, was on show at Salon Privé. It’s bound to be collectible, as it’s a work of art created by the original artist behind the famous 1966 car Dudley Edwards. Inside a multi-colored body hides a beast of a motor vehicle with enough power to accelerate to 60mph in less than 3 seconds, where the original AC Cobra took 5.6 seconds. While this car will be a riot to drive, you may want to spend more time outside while watching the incredible paintjob. AVA is also making a few special edition electric Land Rovers, each of which has a narrative around it that could give it the exclusivity it needed for classic status.
Hispano Souza Carmen
Any classic car fan will have a soft spot for Hispano Suiza, a Spanish luxury car maker with a history dating back to 19.th century. The company’s first cars were electric, so it’s fitting that the Reborn brand (now run by the family of one of the founders of the original Hispano-Suiza) is also electric. The Carmen is an electric hypercar with 1,000-1,100hp depending on the model. It delivers a top speed of 180mph and speeds up to 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds. Not everyone likes the Carmen’s look, but it’s certainly unique, and the design is intended to echo the H6C Dubonnet Xenia, a company the company created in 1938 for French pilot and racing car driver André Dubonnet. The interior also has incredible attention to detail. Love or hate Carmen’s looks, this €1.65 million ($1.9 million) electric Hyper GT will be produced in small numbers and that rarity could mean future collectible value.
Croatian company Rimac may be the (non-Tesla) electric startup that really pushed the limits of EVs, but it’s most notorious for building the car that crashed and burned down during an episode of the Richard Hammond Grand Tour Was. However, the powertrain that enabled Rimake’s Navarra to trudge the Tesla Model S plaid on the drag track is also to be found in the Pininfarina Batista, as well as chassis styling from one of the best-known car design brands in automotive history. . This design flair could make Batista as collectible as previous Pininfarina creations, such as the Ferrari Daytona, many of which were on show with Batista at the Salon Prive.
Anyone who has driven an EV knows they are fast, but the two main global electric racing series – Formula E and Extreme E – remain niche. McMurtry hopes to make EV racing more accessible to a mainstream audience with its Spurling race car. It may look like a miniature Batmobile, but the Spearling has real racing potential. It has a 1:1 hp to kg weight ratio (twice as much as the Tesla Model S Plaid) and uses an 80 hp fan to provide an active downforce of over 500 kg. McMurtry doesn’t quote a 0-60mph sprint speed, but it can reach 188mph in under 9 seconds and has a top speed of over 200mph. Most importantly, its sub-1 ton weight and 60kWh battery mean it can run for 30-60 minutes at a time and supports 600kW charging for faster pitstops. This is a potential electric racing classic.
GFG Style Kangaroo
The Kangaroo is a one-time concept car that may look like any other hypercar but is actually an electric SUV. The innovative chassis can be raised up to 120 mm to give the vehicle serious offroad capability. It makes 360kW (483hp) of power and 680Nm of torque with all-wheel-drive and steering. It can accelerate to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds, with a limited top speed of 156 mph and a range of 280 miles. This working concept car made in 2019 is completely unique.
Little Car Company DB5 Jr.
Adults don’t need to be the only electric car collectors. Kids can also hook up with the Little Car Company DB5 Junior, which is part of the company’s range of downsized electric replicas, which started with the Bugatti Type 35. Available as 5kW (6.7bhp) or 10kW (13.4bhp) versions, which cost £35,000. ($48,000) and £45,000 ($62,000) respectively, these little futuristic classics let your kids pretend they’re James Bond in real, but could also be valuable assets for the future.