Recently I expressed my frustration at the professional investors who were looking to milk as yet untouched areas of the classic car market.

This week I have more positive advice to offer. I’m thinking, given that you might have a bit of time off over this festive period, this could be the perfect opportunity to get in before them.

Said investors are right in as much as that, while the classic car market has gone soft in the head recently, there are still areas that haven’t yet gone completely bonkers. The key is knowing what those are.

And I reckon it’s the relatively modern classics – from the 1980s onwards – where those little nuggets lie.

Not that everything from that era is going to go well, or hasn’t done so already. I wouldn’t ever expect to make money out of a Mazda MX-5 because there are just so many of them, while, conversely, BMW E30 M3 prices are already touching the moon.

But if you had your head delved deeply enough into car magazines at the time, those models that struck a nichey, enthusiast-orientated chord then are the sort of thing that, I suspect, might serve you well now. Stuff like the Mercedes 190E 2.3-16, for example. It never quite held the acclaim of its contemporary BMW M3 rival, which is why they only cost into the low teens now.