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Dietrich Hatlapa

Founder – Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI)


  1. Introduction - HAGI and the HAGI indices
  2. Spotlight on Supercars! Instantly Collectable?
  3. Restoration Cost vs. Value



1. Introduction - HAGI and the HAGI indices

Prices have clearly dropped from recent peaks. Is it a time to be worried?
What´s an investment anyway and how do you measure performance?

This talk will provide some insight into how the market is measured by the HAGI indices, what the HAGI indices track, and what has changed since the boom in 2013/2014.


2. Restoration Cost vs. Value

Rising prices and a growing number of enthusiasts have had a massive impact on restoration activities across the globe. Does this mean that you should also be considering a project to restore your classic car?

So many models are hyped up by experts, dealers and the media nowadays.

One thing we know for certain is that you will need to spend serious amounts of money and time to produce a really great quality car. The question is, will it all be worth it in the end?

We will have a look to see if this is a valid value proposition and discuss what you have to bear in mind with those barn finds and other cars in need of serious work.


3. Spotlight on Supercars! Instantly Collectable?

"Manufacturers love them and the marketing machines are on a roll. Many traditional classic car investors ask themselves if they should get involved, once they are told that this will be the next big market story.

Supercars are stunning performers and highly desirable items. Like it or not, they do very much form part of the wider collector’s car market, but are they investments?

This presentation will discuss a few aspects we think are relevant.


Speaker Biography

Dietrich Hatlapa was born in 1963, the same year as the Porsche 911, which would be a coincidence. Dietrich has personally been playing with cars since his early childhood and never stopped.
After University (business & engineering) in Germany and Scotland, Dietrich spent 18 years working in finance, most recently as head of an Asian equity sales team at Macquarie Bank and previously as Managing Director at ING Financial Markets and Baring Securities.

Dietrich founded Historic Automobile Group International (HAGI) in 2007 and is the author of the comprehensive classic car market book ‘Better Than Gold: Investing in Historic Cars’, published in 2011 and 2014.

Furthermore, Dietrich has published the Porsche Carrera 4-cam engine book by Peter Pohl and translated the English edition.
Together with his New Hampshire-based colleague Matthew Lotterhand, Dietrich initiated the annual Value in the Classic Car Market (VCCM) conferences at Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Management in 2014, now in its 4th year.
A European conference was also held in Cologne in 2015.

Dietrich has been a collector of historic automobiles since the early 1990s and is an active participant in historic racing and event organising since 2004.

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