What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022? Car & Classic Reveals The Searches

Car & Classic has revealed the Ford Escort was the most-searched-for car on its ever-expanding classified and online auction website in 2021.

What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022 - What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022 - Triumph Stag
Triumph Stag

After the effect of the pandemic led to more ‘dream cars’ such as the Porsche 911 and Jaguar E-Type leading the search table, 2021 saw enthusiasts seek more mainstream cars including the BMW 3 Series.

Across 2021, the Ford Escort toppled the Porsche 911, with the RS2000 the model most-searched-for from the European Escort’s 34-year lifetime. Recent Escort auction sales on Car & Classic include £25,500 for an Mk3 RS1600i and £50,000 for an Mk1 Twin Cam.

What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022 - MGB Lot7 73
MGB Lot7 73

Over the past 12 months, searches for the Triumph Stag more than doubled, securing third place. It was closely followed by the 1980s’ E30 version of the BMW 3 Series. More than a quarter of the specific searches for the compact saloon were for the iconic M3. The rise for the E30, up nearly 20 percent on 2020, follows sharp rises in the values for the M3 over the past five years. Published prices of the 24 road cars currently on Car & Classic span £40,000 to £189,000.

What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022 - Jaguar E Type V12 1973 in heather pink
Jaguar E Type V12 1973 in heather pink

Other cars in the top 10 include the Ford Mustang and Jaguar E-Type, both growing by 10 percent, reflecting the rise in traffic to Car & Classic that now regularly enjoys four million unique visitors per month. The VW Beetle and Ford Capri also ranked highly, with the site currently auctioning a Tesla-powered resto-mod of the former.

Slipping down the order, despite a similar number of searches in 2020, was the MGB GT but it and the Roadster version made the top ten.

Underlining rising demand for Japanese sports cars, the Toyota Supra and MR2, Mazda RX-7, and Datsun 240Z all appeared in the top 20 searches of 2021. The RX-7 and Supra’s rise were particularly impressive; the latter surging from the edge of the Top 50 to nearly edging out the MGB and the rotary-engined car nearly doubling its number of searches.

What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022 - MGBGT

Our unique set of data from over 16 million searches of just the top 200 cars provides a fascinating insight into what enthusiasts are considering buying or simply dreaming of. After witnessing more people search for their dream car during the first lockdowns, 2021 has seen the yearning for more nostalgia return. Sporting Escorts have always enjoyed a strong following and we currently have around 120 listed for sale. The rise in values of the front-wheel drive Escorts is fuelled by the next generation wanting to relive the ‘80s and ‘90s and the experiences they had with XR3is and RS Turbos.

Chris Pollitt – Car & Classic’s head of editorial
What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022 - Triumph Stag 1
Stag 1

Europe’s largest classified site for classic and specialist typically lists around 40,000 vehicles, ranging from less than £500 to over £3 million at any one time, making it the ideal barometer for the type of cars enthusiasts are looking to buy.

Top 10 searches of 2021

  • Ford Escort
  • Porsche 911
  • Triumph Stag
  • E30 BMW 3 Series
  • Ford Mustang
  • Jaguar E-Type
  • Ford Capri
  • VW Beetle
  • MGB GT
  • MGB

About Car & Classic

Launched in 2005, Car & Classic is Europe’s number one classic and niche vehicle website* with circa 4m monthly visitors. With over 40,000 cars listed at any one point through private and trade enthusiast sales portal, Car & Classic also runs a stand-alone auction site, which was launched in July 2020. 

The auction platform itself has recently become the largest of its kind in the UK and is rapidly expanding into Europe. Car & Classic’s buyers and sellers benefit from transparent, journalist-written auction descriptions, 0 percent buyer’s fees, and the only auction in Europe to offer secure payments via Escrow to take the risk and pain away from vehicle transactions. 

What Did Enthusiasts Want in 2022 - Mk1 RS 20001
Mk1 RS 20001

You can find the latest car auctions on www.carandclassic.co.uk/auctions where the team specializes in enthusiast-owned cars, from the latest modern classics to pre-war and veteran classics, barn finds, and concours-winning examples. 

Note: Press release courtesy of Car & Classic.