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Old 12-30-2009, 02:39 AM   #1
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Future Collector Cars? Who Will It Be?

For cars manufactured post January 1st 2000 ...

What makes and models will become classic?
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:26 AM   #2
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Re: Future Collector Cars? Who Will It Be?

Okay, lets assume all the high-end performance cars, Ferrari, Lambos, Corvettes, Aston Martins, Vipers etc. are always going to be collectable.


The new Pontiac GTO comes to mind..... a great performance car, great name, sold in limited quantities, by a now-dead division. It's got collectability written all over it.

The V8-powered Pontiac Bonnevilles may be as well, for similar reasons. Not as collectable as a GTO, but they are quite rare.

Also, any Dodge SRT model, Neon SRT-4, Charger and Challenger SRT-8, and, I guess the SRT-10 truck.

BTW, here is Jay Leno's thoughts on this subject. For such an esteemed collector, Jay is mostly out-to-lunch on this subject, imo.
http://www.sablogzone.com/carzone/?p=2262
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:11 PM   #3
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Re: Future Collector Cars? Who Will It Be?

I remember very clearly standing in a GM store showroom looking at a yellow 2002 Firebird 35th anniversary edition saying to myself this is a limited edition in a fair price range affordable for an investment down the line to put on ice, but hell at my age, 25 - 30 years from now to cash in big I will be a happy camper to just be around, so I passed,,, lol.

I agree with the statement made by Magic Rat that many high end performers are always going to be collectable, but with a light pocket book one of my choices of this era would have been the 2002 Firebird.

Allow me to reminisce about my past a little, in 1967 I bought from the the vice president of Coca Cola his 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Conv for huge money then " LOL " $6000. my wife got pregnant, and with no back seat to speak of I traded for a Beetle, to this day I get upset as these units will fetch over $100,000 in mint condition.


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Allow me to reminisce about my past a little, in 1967 I bought from the the vice president of Coca Cola his 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Conv for huge money then " LOL " $6000. my wife got pregnant, and with no back seat to speak of I traded for a Beetle, to this day I get upset as these units will fetch over $100,000 in mint condition.
Ouch!. Well, since a '67 Beetle cost $1800 or so, I hope you got some cash back.

Imo, don't feel so bad about the Jag. It really has not appreciated faster than many other investments, such as treasury bills.
My financial calculator says $6k, invested in 1967 at 6% compounded annually ( a reasonable money market figure, averaged out for the past 4 decades) would yield $69,392 today

Now, given that after 42 years, your Jag would likely be less than mint, (hey, you would drive it, right?) a $69k sale price is realistic.

Yes, I know, you can't exactly drive a T-bill, but you don't have to pay to insure one, either.
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Re: Future Collector Cars? Who Will It Be?

I honestly can't remember about the transaction getting cash back going into the Beetle around 1970, I know at the time it was considered very sporty but the word future classic was never at play at the time.

However, your post I consider excellent, makes me feel lot's better when I look at your angle about investment along with thinking cost of upkeep that would have occured through the years.

Hey, you mentioned Insurance " funny " I found last year in old files an Insurance bill for the Jag,,, " ready " $69. for the year,,,lol
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Re: Future Collector Cars? Who Will It Be?

Simple, there won't be any. Everything is plastic bits and very few in our future-minded society will have the concern to maintain their cars to the point of being a 'classic' in 20-30 years. Personally, I think the classics will always be the 1940's-1970's cars..
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Re: Future Collector Cars? Who Will It Be?

In an age of mass produced cars I can't think of many that can easily be called a classic.
Proper limited production versions of cars will have a collector's market but this isn't strictly the same as what we call classics today.

The only car I can easily think of that I can see being regarded as a proper future classic is a series one Lotus Elise.
Most other things I can see being desirable are prestige/limited models of whatever car.

Alfa Romeo GTA cars
Audi S/RS cars
BMW M cars
Ford Focus MK1 RS
Ford Puma ST160
Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo Plus
Honda DC2 Type-R (especially the UK car with the round head-lights); not sure about the other Type-Rs though. Maybe the EK9 Civic Type R because of it's shared historic point as beign the first.
I can see NSX's getting more recognition, especially if Honda re-introduce the line.
Mazda MX-5s are already considered a modern classic.
I think the Nissan Z cars will always have a following.
Same for any GT-R (or GTi-R)
Renault Clio Williams are considered classics.
Renaultsport cars have been proving themselves to be the best hot hatches available with each successive model and I can't see the V6 cars being anything other than a future classic.
Subaru Imreza WRX STis will always have a following so the special models (RB5, 22b, P1 etc) will be more desirable.
I reckon the Smart Roadster/Coupe pair will see classic status.
The Toyota Supra will always have a following.
TVRs are already considered classics.

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