Surprising Investments that have Brought Great and Terrible Returns

Guess which of these 10 offbeat investments have brought in better returns than (yawn) the Dow—and which have flopped.

Any dope can get a solid return from a 401(k), but some investors would rather park their cash in exotic vehicles that they can brag about over cocktails. There are risks to the sexy approach—drop your vintage Macallan and youíll be crying over a lot more than spilled scotch—but itís also fun to say youíve got a closetful of sneakers that have quadrupled in value. Hereís how a few offbeat investments have floated (or foundered).
1967 Shelby GT500

1996 value: $30,000

2006 value: $289,100

gain/loss: +863.7%

risk analysis: Vintage rides—especially those from the muscle-car-mad sixties—are fetching incredible sums these days. A price-killer can be road use, which takes a disproportionate toll on classic cars.
Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson
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