Generally speaking, coupes are more sought-after – and, consequently, more valuable – than their four-door sedan counterparts. They’re often more powerful, better equipped and rarer than sedans, and the general consensus is that they look and drive better.
Look at Alfa Romeos, for example, Bertone coupe (105-/115-Series) prices started going up way before collectors turned their attention to the sedans. Today, both are worth a small fortune but that’s a different story for a different time. The same applies to the Giulietta, the Alfetta, the Lancia Fulvia and the BMW CS, just to name a few.
Some coupes are less lucky and have seemingly been black-listed by collectors because they look a little awkward, they suffer from reliability problems and/or they’re simply not that good to drive. What do you think is the most underrated classic coupe, and why?
We feel we can make a damn strong case for the Peugeot 304 Coupe. It’s gorgeous (at least we think so), it got a practical hatchback, it’s relatively fuel-efficient (i.e. it doesn’t have a huge engine with an unquenchable thirst for fuel) and it’s pretty reliable because it uses proven components sourced directly from the Peugeot parts bin. You’d think collectors would be all over it but we can’t remember the last time we saw one out on the road and they’re few and far between at car shows.