You Might Find This List of Future Classics Surprising
Ten Cars of Today That Road & Track Deemed the Future Classics of the Next Generation
Published November 13, 2017
Future Classics? What does that really mean? Well, if I am to guess, future classics represent cars that will cost a whole bunch of money in a couple of decades. The best way to acknowledge this is to see some posts I have written about strangely expensive cars of yesterday that are on sale now. Remember that Trans Am, or better yet, the 1996 McLaren F1? Owners of these cars knew their cars would become classics in a couple of decades. While one may accurately conclude that a car like the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the Mercedes-AMG Project One, or the Ferrari LaFerrari will become a classic, it is a bit tougher to guess it on the lower end of the spectrum. Thus, Road and Track compiled a list of cars that are going to become future classics. You should really check it out.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
The latest generation Camaro in its Z/28 version is likely to become an ultimate classic muscle car. See, the car sports rather extensive racing equipment making it quite capable on track. The Camaro Z/28 is 300 pounds lighter compared to the ZL1 version.
With a seven-liter V8 developing 505 hp, special suspension developed for track tasks and the meanest look of all Camaros, the Z/28 is a certain future classic. It will gain in value a lot.
With only 6,309 units produced (initial Motorsport plan was to produce only 2,700 units), the BMW 1 Series M Coupe swiftly became one of the most valued M cars. It featured all the big car gear in a body that was not that much bigger than the classic Bimmers we saw in the 80s and 90s.
With only one drivetrain option – a six-speed manual – an M Limited Speed differential and an N54 three-liter engine with 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, the 1 Series M Coupe was a killer on the track. Nice instances are already shooting in value despite the fact that the oldest example is only 6 years old.
Not only is it one of the best daily drivers ever, but the Honda S2000 is a certainty in the world of Future Classics. This fun car appeared all the way back in 1999. It was a big hit, but the ones you should be aiming for were produced from 2003 to 2009. In 2003, Honda redesigned and dramatically improved the car giving the S2000 even more in terms of sporty behavior.
Its two-liter VTEC motor with 237 hp and an 8000+ rpm redline became somewhat of a sweetheart of the car world. Now, nice models are selling for some serious money. You are looking at a car selling for $30+k right now – in mint condition, of course. The car is already highly prized and valued by many to be a classic, so the sooner you can get your hands on one, the better.
The Vanquish might’ve made our list of the best daily drivers, but the V12 Vantage takes the cake for future classic potential. In particular, the V12 Vantage with a manual transmission. It isn’t cheap, but it has massive collectible potential. It was arguably the best Vantage to ever come out from the factory and it sourced its V12 510 hp engine from the DBS. The simply stunning piece of design acquired a conventional nuclear weapon under the bonnet. And then the manual transmission. Just writing about it makes my mouth water.
But wait, there’s more! It gets better than the V12 and standard manual. See, some of the V12 Vantages had a seven-speed single clutch automated manual from Graziano. But for the 2017 model year, the automated gear is gone, as are the paddles behind the steering wheel. Instead, one may have the Aston Martin V12 Vantage with a freaking seven-speed manual. Rob a bank, sell some organs, do what you need to because this car is worth it.
If the Aston Martin V12 Vantage represents the ultimate on the high-end V12 side of things then a car such as the Porsche Cayman GT4/Boxster Spyder represents the ultimate in cars with half as many cylinders. Sourcing its engine from the famed 911 Carrera S cars, the Porsche Cayman GT4 is the ultimate car for the enthusiast.
It takes one of the best engines, puts it back in the middle and links it with six-speed manual transmission. As far as analog modern cars go, this one beats them all. Driving enjoyment can’t go much higher than this. On the other hand, prices can and will go up. After the 911 R became an instant classic, the Cayman GT4 is destined to become one in only a few short years.
You may love or hate the unique exterior design of the LFA, but one thing is for certain – it’s the best Japanese supercar ever built. With a V10 engine (sounding godly) sourced from racing cars, ecstatic throttle response and exceptional driving characteristics, the LFA finally demonstrated what the Lexus is capable of doing – creating perfection.
The Japanese produced 500 units of the car with production running for two years (from December 2010 to December 2012).
No, it is not the fastest, but boy is it capable on the track. So much so that Lexus crafted a Nurburgring Package which additionally sharpened its already razor-like driving characteristics.
The Sound! Google it, YouTube it, or whatever it right now. It’s worth it. And will be worth even more in the future.
Production has officially wrapped on the Viper and Dodge has sold every last unit. This is a car with a long and storied history in the modern age, and if you can get your hands on one, it’ll no doubt be a legend. Especially if it’s an ACR, if you can catch one. Their value will definitely rise to stratospheric levels in the future.
It has a screaming 600+ hp V10 with a proper muscle pedigree and supercar capabilities. RM Auctions will prosper in 20 years from it.
With an LS3 from the C6 Corvette, 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, the Chevrolet SS is easily one of the most outrageous Chevy cars to be offered on sale. As a rebadged Australian VF Commodore to replace the Pontiac G6 after the company ceased to exist, the Chevrolet SS became somewhat of a super saloon moment on the roads.
Not many were spoken for and bought, but the car is, according to anyone who reported on it, an absolute joy. Like most artists, it will only be truly and properly appreciated after its time on Earth has long since passed.
If you’re like me, then you already consider this muscle wagon to be an instant classic. With a V8, manual transmission, wagon body style and freaking supercharged V8, there isn’t much not to like on this Caddy. Plus, it won’t exactly be a car one could expect to see on the highway or the driveway every day. Or every week. Or month.
We do not know the exact production numbers for the car, but we do know that Cadillac produced only 1,200 units from 2011 to 2013. And that is what can be classified as seriously rare.
The Evora is probably the most underappreciated car in the world right now. You know why? Because it is fast, has a reliable motor and doesn’t look half bad. If you can go past anxiety the Lotus name sadly carries with itself, the Lotus Evora could become a really, really important car in the future.
Moreso after China’s Geely bought the company and they plan to invest heavily in it. Simply imagine how much could the last hurrah of Lotus as an independent company be worth in 20 years. One of the future classics indeed.
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