In the world of classic cars, some cars develop a value far in excess of their simple components. For many years, early Ferraris were prized by a few, but values remained reasonable for many who really wanted one. In the 1980s Porsche 356s were affordable for students wanting a fun weekend project and, similarly, long-hood 911s were generally attainable until a few short years ago. Some Cobras were also actually nearly affordable for a short time. But in an increasing manner classics are overriding their usual second-hand car virtues, and obtain a value mostly driven by a vague set of rules.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2016/03/22/collecting-japanese-cars