Classic cars: 2015's best collectible investment, says report

Classic cars provided the best return on investment of any collectible asset in 2015.

That's according to the recently released 2016 Wealth Report from Knight Frank and Douglas Elliman, which found classic motors increased in value by 17% last year.

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The 10 asset classes grew by 7% on average in 2015

That's ahead of coins at 13%, and wine and jewellery - both at 5%.

Furniture was the only one of the 10 collectible areas included in the report to lose value. The sector fell by 6% in 2015.

Classic cars have also top performed over the past 10 years, increasing in value by 490%, doubling the gains achieved by wine (up 241%), coins (232%) and art (226%).

The furniture sector is down by 29% in that period, as today's homeowners increasingly seek the convenience and choice that comes with owning new - often flat-packed - furniture.

The headline figures don't tell the whole story, however. Look deeper and you'll see that while classic Ferraris performed superbly last year, there were more modest performances for the Mercedes and Porsche marques.

And, of course, the Wealth Report doesn't consider autographs. Our PFC40 Autograph Index revealed that the world's most sought after signatures have grown in value by an average 12.4% a year between 2000 and 2015.

What the Wealth Report figures do show, are the advantages to including high-end collectibles in investment portfolios.

Paul Fraser, founder of Paul Fraser Collectibles, says: "In these days of continuing low interest rates and high volatility on the stock markets, diversifying your portfolio has never been more important.

The rarest, most desirable collectibles can offer you great money-making potential, and are a delight to own as well.

Looking to invest in collectibles? Look at these items, handpicked by the Paul Fraser Collectibles experts.

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