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Invest today in tomorrow's classic cars

There is no guaranteed profit in investing in classic cars and there can be substantial medium-term losses if the purchase takes place at the particular model’s apex of desirability, as we have seen at the classic car auctions over the last twelve months where very highly estimated lots have been failing to reach anywhere near their reserve price. If you would like to invest in classic cars with a low exposure to market judders and changing sentiment, I recommend buying tomorrows classics. These... Read More >

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