Finding the next car that will take off in value is a tricky thing to do. One clear collectible was the BMW 1M, which started to appreciate as soon as the automaker announced that it would no longer be made.
Hagerty, which is devoted to classics and finding the next set of collectibles, just put out its list of future cars that could become classics and there are some surprises on the list.
The outlet’s list is actually comprised of 10 vehicles, but we narrowed it down to the top five that we thought were the most noteworthy.
Honda Civic Type R
Seeing the Honda Civic Type R on the list isn’t really surprising. The 10-gen Civic Type R is the first example in its illustrious history to make its way to the United States and we’ve all gone gaga for it.
While Honda is asking a reasonable $34,000 for the vehicle, good luck trying to find one at that price, as people have taken to various websites to sell their examples for absurd prices. I totally agree with Hagerty on this one. If you can find a Civic Type R for close to $34K, snatch it up quick and keep it in good condition.
Kia Stinger GT
I have to admit that this one puzzles me a little bit, because Kia and the word classic usually don’t go together. When you think of a classic Kia, your mind immediately focuses in on something that was poorly built and hideous to look at.
Clearly, that’s not the case today, as Kia as a bunch of strong offerings that are not only built really well, but are packed with features that others can’t offer at the same price point.
As we all know by now, the Stinger GT is the South Korean brand’s first attempt at a sports car and it’s been getting a lot of love from everyone. Even MotorWeek, one of the oldest automotive outlets in the industry, named it the “Best Sports Sedan” for 2018.
While I could see the Stinger GT become a future classic, I think it comes down to the way it ages over time. If the build quality’s there, then the punchy sedan could definitely become a vehicle that enthusiasts pay a premium for in the future. If it’s plagued with problems, I don’t see that happening.
Lexus LC 500
In my eyes, the Lexus LC 500 is a car that doesn’t get enough love. Lexus, a brand that was once known for making bulletproof luxury vehicles is now left in the corner in a timeout because of its atrocious spindle grille. But Lexus’ found a way to make the grille work. Not only does it work, but the LC 500 may also be one of the prettiest cars on sale today.
A classic take on a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive GT car that actually looks good from Lexus still surprises me. And I’m sure it surprises a lot of other people. The long-distance cruiser segment could use some extra spice, and that’s exactly what the LC 500 brings. I think, without a doubt, that the LC 500 will definitely become a classic.
The Audi RS3 is an interesting take on what a high-performance compact car should be. It’s got the brand’s iconic Quattro all-wheel-drive system, a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, and a lighting-fast seven-sped dual-clutch gearbox. All of this means its insanely fast in a straight line and the go-to machine for those of us that live in areas where it snows.
But, when you compare the RS3 to the BMW M2, it’s not as enjoyable to drive. There’s one thing that the RS3 has going for it though, and that’s the RS badge. Americans have missed out on some of the Audi’s most potent vehicle, making anything with the letters RS and four rings on the front and back pretty rare. Yeah, I can see the RS3 being a future classic, but I wouldn’t put one away in a barn for safe keeping.
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is America’s way of doing a high-performance SUV, which is the craze at the moment. I’m kind of torn to see the Trackhawk on this list. Honestly, it’s the SUV I would buy if I had the money and was required to get a SUV. The fact that you can get to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds in a SUV is astonishing, but there are a few reasons as to why I don’t think it’s a future classic.
The Trackhawk is undeniably cool, but its just another fast SUV in a segment that continues to grow. Lamborghini has a freaking SUV now, and Ferrari, the one automaker that actually sounded like it wouldn’t build a tall, bloated vehicle, is actually planning to build one. Add that to Porsche, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Mercedes-AMG, and you’re just another fish in a pond. A massive, muscular fish, but a fish nonetheless.
Another issue comes up with production numbers. Jeep hasn’t officially said how many Trackhawks it will sell, but I doubt it would limit production like it did with the Dodge Demon. The Demon is a singular vehicle that appeals to a small subset of consumers. But the Trackhawk manages to get a lot more interest. At the end of the day, Jeep is an automaker and will gladly take people’s money for a vehicle, so my best guess is that they’ll keep selling the SUV until demand runs out.
If Jeep builds a lot of Trackhawks, which they’re probably bound to do, it’s a simple question of law and demand. At the moment, there are 78 Trackhawks on sale in a 100-mile radius of where I live on Autotrader. If you compare that to another car on this list, the RS3, that’s a staggering amount, as only one sedan is available.
Sorry Jeep fans, but I’m not sold on the Trackhawk being a future classic.
The other five vehicles on Hagerty’s list included:
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE
- Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
- Jeep Wrangler
- Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster GTS
- Subaru WRX STI Type RA