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Putting a price on classic beauty

Ultramodern automobiles may be desirable due to their functionality, performance and staggering technology, but there is something their older counterparts possess that tips the scale in the favour of the latter, and that is timeless class. It’s difficult to put a price on something that was the epitome of elegance and style on the road a century ago, but the following models come pretty close to it1956 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport Berlinetta Frua.

Only real connoisseurs will fully comprehend the value of this vintage gem. Only four of the kind were built, making it a real prized collector’s item. For a price of £920,000 you get a bulletproof inline-6 engine, aluminium body, Perspex windows and a beige leather interior.

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB 

With an estimated value of £310,000 – £460,000, this is a fine luxury automobile from an era long gone. It’s renowned as one of the most powerful racing cars of its time and with only a handful being made. Amongst some of of Talbot-Lago’s hallmarks are the long crankshaft and the aluminium engine.

1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport SWB

1960 Facel Vega Excellence

The model is open and airy in design, swift and luxurious. Valued at £46,000 – £61,300 this model actually introduced pillarless suicide doors, beating the Lincoln Continental by 5 years. Only seven cars were built with the originally intended Chrysler’s 392ci Hemi V8 – it is extremely rare to come across one of these.

1960 Facel Vega Excellence

1936 Panhard et Levassor Dynamic X76 Coupé Junior

Designed by Louis Bionier the car has a unique baroque appearance in combination with surprisingly modern engineering. It has a 2.5-litre six-cylinder Knight sleeve valve engine, monocoque body, torsion bar suspension and hydraulic brakes. Less than 25 cars of the model were made during 1936 and 1937 with the coach borrowing some of the stylistic features of the Panoramique. Currently priced at £19,000 – £27,000

1936 Panhard et Levassor Dynamic X76 Coupé Junior

1963 Porsche 356C

One of the most iconic speedsters, the vintage Porsche boasts racing-style bucket seats, removable side curtains instead of roll-up windows and a low windshield. The series were built with a variety of pushrod four-cylinder engines, disc brakes and the most powerful pushrod engine for the time. Expensive to restore due to being built before Porsche started to rust-proof cars, the model is valued at £15,400 – £23,000.

1963 Porsche 356C