10 Undervalued Retro Cars Suddenly Skyrocketing in Value

The cars on this list are automotive icons. Yet though they’ve always inspired love in hardcore fans, many of these legendary machines gave been ignored by industry experts, car collectors, and auction houses, who turned their attention to trendier and more valuable machines. That’s coming to an end. Here are ten cars and trucks that could once be bought for bargain money and are now big bucks.

Lamborghini Countach (1974-1990)<p>A Lamborghini, affordable and undervalued? Follow me here.</p> <p class="p1">The Countach is supercar icon. When it arrived in the early 1970 its angular bodywork looked completely alien. Every supercar made since then can trace its design back to the lines of this V12 Lambo. The car was immortalized on posters and hung on every kid's bedroom wall in the 1980s. Yet as long-lived as the Countach was (in production for 16 years) there was a time in the late 90s and early 2000s when they were considered a little cheesy. A Countach with a big wing on the back would cost less than $100,000. Talk about a bargain—that's crazy-cheap for a rare Italian supercar.</p> <p>Today the Countach, in all its angular 80s glory, has been rediscovered. Cars from the 1980s sell for more than $300,000. The earliest ones, the LP400 (of which less than 200 were made) sell for more than $1 million. You could have had one in the mid-2000s for about $150,000. Talk about nostalgia-driven inflation.</p>

A Lamborghini, affordable and undervalued? Follow me here.

The Countach is supercar icon. When it arrived in the early 1970 its angular bodywork looked completely alien. Every supercar made since then can trace its design back to the lines of this V12 Lambo. The car was immortalized on posters and hung on every kid’s bedroom wall in the 1980s. Yet as long-lived as the Countach was (in production for 16 years) there was a time in the late 90s and early 2000s when they were considered a little cheesy. A Countach with a big wing on the back would cost less than $100,000. Talk about a bargain—that’s crazy-cheap for a rare Italian supercar.

Today the Countach, in all its angular 80s glory, has been rediscovered. Cars from the 1980s sell for more than $300,000. The earliest ones, the LP400 (of which less than 200 were made) sell for more than $1 million. You could have had one in the mid-2000s for about $150,000. Talk about nostalgia-driven inflation.

Pontiac Trans Am (1977-1979)<p>Thanks in part to the incredible success of <i>Smokey and the Bandit</i>, Pontiac sold hundreds of thousands of Firebirds in just a few years. The black-and-gold special edition Trans Ams from the late 1970s were wildly popular. But in the '80s and '90s, their giant "screaming chicken" hood sticker and bold lettering fell out of fashion.</p> <p class="p2">Well, eventually everything that's out of style comes back around again as retro cool, and these awesome machines were rediscovered about five years ago. Soon, prices jumped. In the early 2000s a descent Trans-Am with the highest output W72 Pontiac 400 cid (6.6-liter) V8 could be had for less $10,000. Today, cars with relatively high mileage that are descent drivers are $15,000. Want a pristine car with low miles? That could cost $30,000 to $60,000 at an auction.<span></span><br></p>

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