Its no surprise that the limited-run collectors’ cars go up in value, and are often flipped for profit. Some manufacturers claim to be cracking down on such people by not considering their name in the next list.
Porsche’s Andreas Preuninger for example, had said, “I personally like to see my cars being used. That’s what we build them for. They are just too good to be left to stand and collect dust. I don’t like this business of people buying our cars to make money on them. That was never our intention.
The purpose of limiting a car is not for it to gain value. We don’t want to be laying money on each car’s roof when they run out of the factory.”
“We are monitoring very closely who is flipping cars,” he said. “We do not build too many cars and we know most of our customers well—we like to have a name for every car before we build it.”
However, flippers are gonna flip anyway. One such person lucky enough to get on the list of the Mercedes-AMG Project One, limited to 275 units, has already listed the car in a German website for 4,510,100 €. The person appears to have listed it indirectly via DI Automobile, a Munich-based dealership.
I doubt they have a slot, but if they do and we identify who flipped, they lose the car. If they flip, then they never get another special.
— Andy Palmer (@AndyatAston) July 4, 2017
Few months ago, Aston Martin’s Andy Palmer in a reply to a Valkyrie listing, said, if they identify who flipped, they’ll lose the car and will never get another special.