Exclusivity and excellence is everything in the car game.
That's why Ferraris and Rolls-Royces turn so many heads – and why people are prepared to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to get behind the wheel.
But the massive outlay on four wheels doesn't have to be a money pit that sheds dollars every time you look at it.
Choose carefully and your car could go up in value, as anyone who owns a McLaren F1 can attest. The three-seater supercar from the 1990s that for so long held the mantle of the world's fastest car commands many millions on the second-hand market.
Rare, sexy and very special
According to valuation company Glass's Guide cars that go up in value are typically rare, sexy and very special.
"Rarity is the key factor and style," says Glass's managing director Santo Amoddio. "Low volume high value vehicles; Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins … they can hold their value over time."
He says a starring role in a movie can also increase a model's value.
Pop culture's influence
The classic Ford Falcon Coupe used in Mad Max is the perfect example, although Falcon two-doors generally tend to be desirable on the used market.
Amoddio nominates the Subaru WRX STI used in one of the Fast and the Furious movies as a car that benefited from air time at speed.
And the classic orange Dodge Charger from The Dukes of Hazzard has long been popular with enthusiasts.
Value in the real deal
But Amoddio says condition and authenticity is crucial to a car's used value.
"Ideally it needs to be in original condition and with low kilometres and well maintained," he says. "Any modifications detract from the vehicle's appeal."
The challenge is picking the ones that will rise and the ones that will plummet.
Here are some of the standouts when it comes to cars that have increased in value.
Porsche 911 GT3
There's a fair chance you won't be the only one kicking the tyres on a second-hand 911 GT3. The track-ready version of Porsche's most iconic model has a loyal following and one that's growing.
Helping its cause is that the GT3 – and more potent GT3 RS – are produced in limited numbers and typically only sold to people with a history with the brand (in other words, customers who've owned multiple Porsches).
It's not unusual for new-ish GT3s to sell for more than they cost new.
And if you can get your hands on one of the 30-odd 911 R models that made its way to Australia start counting your bucks.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
Sometimes the marketing departments get a tad enthusiastic with superlatives in the name of new cars. But in the case of the Speciale there was plenty that was special. The 4.5-litre V8 that is the heart of the regular 458 was tweaked and tuned to produced more than any other Ferrari V8 at the time.
That it would go down as the last non-turbo V8 that Ferrari only increased its appeal.
It was also superb to drive, further escalating it to the heights of desirability.
Asking prices have surged well beyond the initial $550K price tag.
Better known as the Gullwing for its radical roof-hinged doors, the SLS was a modern interpretation of the legendary 300 SL Gullwing of the 1950s – cars that regularly command upwards of $1 million.
Under the bonnet was an AMG-built 6.2-litre V8 that, at the time, made it the fastest Merc on the road.
But it's the design that cements the Gullwing as a classic.
There is decent demand for a car of which only 117 were delivered in Australia (100 coupes with the fancy doors, and 17 convertibles). Some have sold for close to their original asking price of $464,000, while others have crept over half a million dollars.
Land Rover Defender
With a lineage tracing back to the original Land Rover of 1948 the Defender is lacking nothing for history.
An aluminium body (a result of excess supply after WWII) and simple mechanicals characterised the classic shape that was only discontinued in 2016 due to tightening emissions regulations.
Land Rovers have always had a loyal following, especially for early original "Series" models.
The last of the Defenders, the five-door Adventure edition and the green three-door Heritage are the ones commanding decent dollars these days.
The "modern" Holden Monaro that appeared in 2001 and continued until 2006 has proved resilient on the used-car market, perhaps in response to the realisation that there will be no more Australian Monaros (and, possibly, because the Australian V8 will die late in 2017 when Holden production in Australia ceases).
Even average examples still command upwards of $10K while pristine cars with low kilometres see people asking more than the original $56,990 asking price. The later VZ models (with twin nostrils on the grille) and a more powerful version of the 5.7-litre V8 tend to fetch higher prices.
Ford Falcon GT/GT-HO
The Falcon GTHO has long been the most expensive Australian car on the used market, a result of its small production run and the fact it was the fastest four-door of the day.
The 5.8-litre V8 made all the right noises and redefined Aussie muscle at the time, something cemented on the race track with Bathurst victories.
Sales have exceeded $500,000, although in recent years some of the heat has come off the iconic Ford.
Even regular early GTs command decent money, provided they're original and clean.
Have a punt
Alternatively, here are three cars that could go up in value:
Porsche 911 GT2
GT3s are gold on the used car market so there's a good chance the first GT2 since 2009 will also head north rather than south. Expected to use a potent turbocharged six-cylinder engine, Using an the GT2 promises the ultimate in track-focused Porsche performance, roll cage and all.
The catch is the GT2 will be imported in very limited numbers and those at the top of the buying list will likely be regular customers of the German brand. Oh, and you'll probably need something in the order of three quarters of a million bucks to get into one.
HSV GTSR W1
It'll go down as the last of the big bangers, the last Australian muscle car. But HSV's GTSR W1 will also hold the title of being the fastest and most powerful car to ever emerge from Holden in its 69 years of building cars (from 1948 to 2017).
Even before it was officially announced dealers were holding 800 orders yet HSV will only produce 300 cars. Already there are rumours of some offering close to $400,000 for a W1 and it's almost certain it will head upwards from its $169,990 asking price. Who knows, in decades it could be worth upwards of seven figures.
BMW M4 GTS
It's already been criticised for being not particularly well suited to Australian roads because of its super stiff suspension, but that hasn't eased demand for BMW's most focused track machine, the M4 GTS.
With a carbon fibre bonnet and more power from its 3.0-litre twin turbo six-cylinder, the lightweight version of the already-fast M4 was sold in limited numbers globally.
Just 25 made it to Australia, with all snapped up months before the first car arrived, signalling its popularity.
Check out the complete gallery of money-making cars above.