Wouldn’t it be great if the car you have now could potentially earn you big bucks in the not too distant future? Forget a housing crisis; we’re in a time of a classic car bubble with prices soaring to frankly ridiculous levels. If you wanted something like a Ferrari 275, Porsche 911 Carrera RS, or Lamborghini Miura it might be too late unless you win big at Lotto. Prices for those cars are easily in the seven figures so it makes sense there are people out there on the look for the ‘next big thing’.
We see people nowadays buying cars on the off chance they become appreciating classics. They buy the cars, put them in storage, and never drive them. It makes me sad that some people may never see certain cars on the road because owners don’t want to increase the milage as might hurt resale value. People who buy cars solely for financial gains aren’t proper petrolheads.
So we turn our attention to more modern and usable cars, stuff from a decade or so ago that might potentially be star attractions at future auctions in the future. Coming up with just five cars was quite a difficult task as there are certainly many in the last 10 years that have the potential to become future classics, and some are well and truly ‘modern classics’ such as the Alfa Romeo 8C and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
That’s why this list doesn’t have the obvious cars such as the obvious Porsches, anything from Maranello, or unattainable hypercars. Rather, this list are made up of *relatively* affordable cars you should buy now and wait/hope they become sought after things in a few years. After all, done properly, classic cars are a better investment than gold, property, and mistresses.
The S2000, the original AP1 in particular, is graced with one of the best engines of recent times. A screamer of a thing that goes all the way to 9000rpm and was the litre/hp ratio champ until something called a Ferrari 458 Italia came along. The S2000 represented what made Honda great – clever technology that was accessible to the masses. For petrolheads we’ll remember Honda by the NSX and S2000. Prices for the S2000 are slowly creeping up and a tidy original example are becoming hard to come by. But this will without a doubt be a car we’ll look back in years to come and wonder what happened to Honda.
BMW M3 E92
The first and last time we’ll see a naturally aspirated V8 in a M3, and a manual one at that. Purists will argue the M3 should only come with a straight six engine but when BMW put a V8 in the M3 they put a mighty 4.0-litre V8. Producing 414hp/309kW and revving to 8250 rpm, the engine in the E92 was universally praised. Not only was the E92 the last M3 Coupe, it was also the last naturally aspirated M3 making a sort of last of the ‘old school’ M3s. For that reason I reckon this will be an appreciating classic.
Renault Megane RS
Dubbed by many as the best driving hot hatch of the last decade, the Megane RS not only broke lap records but it also broke the internet. The second-generation Megane RS was a fan favourite in online discussion forums on what is the best hot hatch. Certainly, the lap records at Suzuka, Fuji Speedway, and the 7:54 Nurburgring time make a great case for it. But more importantly, this could very well be the last manual Megane RS. The next generation will most likely be paddle-shift only, as is the way with most new cars these days.
Audi RS6 Avant V10
There is no logical reason to have a twin-turbo V10 wagon. It’s a bit like having a pet moose. But I’m glad this exists. Pumping out 585hp, it still out guns many modern supercars. The engine, being a relation to the V10 found in a Lamborghini Gallardo, is the main reason for it being on this list. Humanity will most likely never see another V10 wagon ever again. A shame really. On a side note, the B7 RS4 would easily be as collectable in the future, if not more with its manual box. In essence, fast Audi wagons should be a safe investment.
Alfa Romeo GT V6
Bear with me here. The GT was the last Alfa to come with the glorious Busso V6. In 3.2-litre form it was good for 250hp and made a glorious sound. In my opinion it’s the best V6 engine to ever go into mass production, but then I would say that having owned a 156 V6. Not only does the GT have a fantastic engine, it also looks every bit as glamorous as an Italian should. Styled by Bertone, the GT was actually named ‘The Most Beautiful Car in the World’ in 2004. Production of the GT ended in 2009 with less than 90,000 made. The V6 powered ones will be the ones to keep an eye on as the the V6 159/Brera/Spider had engines with GM origins. Boo and hiss. Actually, any Busso-powered Alfa will be worth keeping an eye on such as the 156, GTV/Spider, 166, and the GTA models.
Picking only five cars was quite a difficult task, after all no one wants a Top 7 or a Top 13 list. So let us know what cars you you think will be good future investments.