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Time Travelling: Cars you should have bought in 1995 – Aston Martin

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Time Travelling – Cars you should have bought in 1995 – Aston Martin

Porsche values are always going to be in contention one way or another. Strap yourself into our time machine as we travel back to the pre-internet world of 1995.

Do you remember Top Marques magazine? Back in the 1990s it was a high end, full colour spin off from Autotrader. We found a copy on eBay for just £3.55. It’s 160 pages of cars for sale, with glossy full colour photography and not a web address in sight. The original RRP on the cover was £1.95. When that figure is adjusted for inflation to give us an equivalent in 2018 money, it equals £3.69.

So at £3.55 including delivery the magazine has lost just 4% of it’s value over 23 years… That’s a better performance than some of the cars we look at in this blog series.

Find the other blogs in this series:

Aston Martin / Ferrari / Porsche / Ford

Note:

We’ve used the inflation calculator from thisismoney.co.uk, so our figures are approximate. For some cars, we’ve taken a rough estimate of values based on recent sales figures, and for some we’ve spoken to our network of dealers. It’s important to note that it’s impossible to gauge the quality of the cars from the magazine. If you had bought these cars, you’d also need to factor in maintenance and storage costs for the last 23 years, but we’re allowed to dream, right?

If you bought any of these cars in the late 1990s, do post in the comments below.

Prices in a context:

It’s September 1995, Blur are top of the music charts with their hit ‘Country House’ and the Ford Mondeo is Britain’s third best selling car of the year, behind the Escort and Fiesta. Ford sold 118,040 Mondeos in 1995, and this 1 year old 1994 M registration 5 door hatch looks a steal at just £8499.

Right, now that we’ve got some context on the price of goods in 1995, we can continue…

Classic Ford values Ford Mondeo Values since 1995

Aston Martin Values Through Time –

As found for sale in Top Marques, Sept ’95:

We asked Ed Barton-Hilton from renowned Aston Martin specialists Nicholas Mee for comment on this advert.

“Perhaps the definition of ‘restoration’ changed. How much restoring can you justify on a car worth £15k? Today, £120,000.”

Aston Martin Values Through Time - 1973 V8 Auto

Aston Martin Values Through Time –

As found for sale in Top Marques, Sept ’95:

We asked Ed Barton-Hilton from renowned Aston Martin specialists Nicholas Mee for comment on this advert.

“Certainly not 1986, probably 1968. Common theme of cars in 1980s/90s, modified to owners taste rather than staying true to ‘as built’ as this has later dash and painted in modern colour. Today, £150,000”

Aston Martin Values Through Time - Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin Values Through Time –

As found for sale in Top Marques, Sept ’95:

We asked Ed Barton-Hilton from renowned Aston Martin specialists Nicholas Mee for comment on this advert.

“DBS convertibles were not built by the factory so someone has chopped it! The most expensive of the three back then and couldn’t give it away today.”

Pulling no punches on this one, Ed…

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