In a classic market where prices seem to rise like monkeys over each other's backs, you have to be realistic. Tig million for an AC Cobra or a Ferrari GTB? So what? When they only cost a few tons, we couldn't afford them either. Dreams just have to stay dreams.
But a nice classic doesn't have to cost a lot
And whatever choice is made: the usability of such a less exotic classic in unimaginably much greater than that of a Sotheby Topper. The Mercedes and BMWs of our grandfathers are now also worth a lot. And even the once-despised Porsches 912 and 944 have been 'discovered'. But there are still enough wallflowers in the shade of all those sunflowers. Cars where the spare parts supply is still largely carefree and where the purchase of a new exhaust system costs you less than two monthly salaries.
We look at the Ford Scorpio
When it comes to the biggest flops in automotive history, the Ford Scorpio has always been high on the charts. It was actually a topper, an advanced mid-range vehicle, introduced on the market in 1985 as the successor to the Granada. After all, the Ford Scorpio was the first mass-produced car with a standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) on board, later the Ford Scorpios also got driver and passenger airbags. The auto journalists were delighted. In 1986 the Scorpio was named Car of the Year. And with that trophy in hand, more failures have been jubilantly buried. The Bundesgrenzschutz bought Ford Scorpios. In the normal clientele Scorpio got few friends
Especially since the car was initially only available with an unloved hatchback. The station wagon and sedan arrived too late. With the major facelift in 1995, things went completely wrong: with the weird headlights, its fish mouth and strange butt, the Ford Scorpio was only appreciated by employed taxi drivers. Three years later, production was discontinued. Too bad, because the Scorpio was the last classic Ford sedan with rear wheel drive.
The Ford Scorpio was undoubtedly a disaster for Ford
But even flops are still mass-produced, if you are one of the largest automakers in the world. After all, 850.000 Scorpios ran off the band, so you don't have to look long for survivors - even if many specimens have fallen victim to scrapping premiums. It is more difficult to find a well-maintained specimen with nicely complete equipment. Scorpio fans from Den Beginne were rare. Most owners saw only one thing to drive in the car. For lack of better. Or more beautiful.
Ford leaves it at that
Parts for old Fords are everywhere except at Ford. Few manufacturers are so unloving for models from days gone by. This also applies to the Ford Scorpio, which was built 13 for years. Anyone looking for spare parts is therefore dependent on free dealers or clubs. Fortunately there are many of them. Ford has a busy fan scene that is happy to help you look for parts. Wear parts in particular are available in large numbers for the Ford Scorpios.
Even sheet metal parts such as fenders or doors can still be found. Rebuilding a Scorpio from scratch is not economically worthwhile, as just about any investment is greater than the economic value of the car. Of course, that is not the point for enthusiasts. But it does count. Better buy a well-preserved, more expensive copy immediately. A Ghia. Or a Cosworth. That is the best investment.