It’s a question that has long been debated in car enthusiast groups: which cars will become future classics? Right now, we look to classics like the Jaguar E-Type, the C3 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and the first-generation Ford Mustangs as classics, just to name a few. If you want to go a bit more toward the modern era, you could argue that the FD Mazda RX-7, R32 Nissan Skyline and the original Audi Quattro are classics as well. But what about today’s cars? What models produced in the first decade of the new millennium will wear the honorary “classic” title?
It’s always fun to speculate about what cars will eventually turn into classics. In fact, the fine folks of Reddit had this exact discussion in a thread not too long ago. From that discussion, these are ten cars that we figure will be future classics. Let us know what you think in the comments below!
10) BMW 1M
Not to be confused with the M1, this baby M car is effectively the predecessor to the beloved M2. However, a good example of a 1M will actually cost you more than the M2. Mind you, BMW’s smallest M car is already a bit pricey, kicking off at $54,500. Used 1 Series Ms, however, can fetch as much as $70,000 or more, according to some online classifieds.
9) Pontiac G8 GXP
It’s a Holden, but also not. If you see one of these cars and think, “That doesn’t look like a Pontiac,” there’s a very good reason for that.
GM shoved a 6.2L LS3 V8 under the hood of the Australian Holden Commodore, then rebadged it the US as a Pontiac. Miraculously, good examples can still fetch nearly $30,000. If that’s too rich for your blood, there’s also the slightly older Pontiac GTO coupe, with a 5.7-liter LS1 V8 or a 6.0-liter LS2 unit.
8) Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Black Series
The most efficient way to roast rear tires, this hoon-mobile packs a 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 that sounds like God got constipated from eating too much schnitzel. Good examples will cost upward of $80,000 and don’t expect those prices to go down anytime soon.
7) Lexus LFA
Holy Revs Batman! Famously, the LFA was given a digital dashboard because the engine revs faster than any analogue dial could keep up with. Furthermore, Lexus lost money on every single one they built after deciding to redesign each body panel in carbon fiber.
6) Dodge Demon
840 Horsepower from the factory. We live in the golden age of horsepower, and the Demon is the prime example of this claim. A limited production run of 3,000 units total, to go along, means that this vehicle will continue to be desirable. In total, Dodge will produce 2,520,840 horsepower in these 3,000 vehicles alone.
5) Dodge Viper ACR
It has every track record ever, basically. Or it did at one point, at least. The end of the Viper’s production last year will likely result in a vehicle that doesn’t depreciate a whole lot. After all, it is the end of an era – one where Dodge felt they could shove a massive 8.4-liter V10 in a coupe with hardly any driver aids. That’s one of the reasons we miss it, and also why we think it will be a future classic.
4) Mitsubishi Evo X Final Edition
What is rally without the Evo X? Specifically, the Final Edition, of which 1,000 examples were made will hold good value for the buyer who wants to own a limited edition piece of rally history. Mitsubishi axed the slow-selling Lancer line in favor of more popular crossovers, so it’s unlikely we’ll see the rally legend again anytime soon, if ever.
One of the greatest V8 engines ever produced. The B7 RS4 looks as special as it is, but its 4.2-liter engine is what really sets it apart as a performance sedan. Prices are still low on these, costing around $30,000 for a respectable car, but don’t expect things to stay that way.
2) Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
So you can go drifting on your way home from Costco. For a car nerd, this vehicle has everything. Rear wheel drive, manual transmission, and big 556 horsepower V8. And it’s a freakin’ wagon! What more could you ask for? Well, you could ask for cheaper resale prices. Right now, a decent one costs around $45,000 and those are rising.
1) Honda S-2000
V-Tec yo. Revs to 9,000. If you read the comments of the aforementioned Reddit thread, you will see many comments suggesting that this is going to be a future classic. Some even argue that it is already a future classic. This vehicle nailed the classic sportscar formula. Front engine, rear wheel drive, manual trans and, to boot, its a roadster. Clean examples will continue to become rarer and more expensive. Buy one now if you have any hopes of spending less than $30,000.
I’m sure there are other cars that you all think will be future classics, so please be sure to let us know in the comments what you think is destined to be a future classic! Also, if you disagree with us on any of these, let us know why.
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