These 5 New Cars Could Become Future Collectibles

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.

2017 Honda Civic Type R

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.

Kia Stinger

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.

2018 Lexus LC 500

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. 

Audi RS3

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.

2017 Audi RS3

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.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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
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  • Dr Strangefingger

    The Jeep and the Lexus possibly. The others are as forgettable as the Dodge Colt Turbo.

    • Bo Hanan

      I would love to have a Dodge Colt Turbo right now! In black.

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Yeah, I have to admit, it would be a fun little car to tinker with. Friend in high school had one… surprisingly quick. Another friend had the Omni GLH, and that was very quick!!!

  • I don’t really believe on Hagerty prediction, yes they have strong staff and basically that’s what they did, assessing cars but the reason for a car being collectibles is demand against supply.

    Cars like Stinger or Type R would be mass produced and if there is too many cars on the market, the value won’t go up. This is why we can’t predict modern cars, simply because too many of them and it’s doubtful we will have another era where cars like Peugeot 205 GTI or Toyota Supra get cheap and thrashed while the best example rise steadily, simply because everyone went through that era and won’t repeat it in the future.

    • TechLegend

      Type r is limited and the only manual. None of these cars will appreciate, but they will likely not steeply depreciate over time.

      • Type R is not limited, and as I said it depends on how many survivors left in the future, right now old Type R is still stable in terms of price in UK. There are still good unmolested example around in UK.

  • An Existing Person

    I could agree for the most part with all of them except for the Stinger. Considering it doesn’t have anything groundbreaking to offer besides the importance it has for Kia as a brand, as well as it is very-mass produced, it is easily the most forgettable on the list.

    • bd0007

      The Stinger is not nearly as mass-produced as pony cars like the Camaro and Mustang, and besides, it’ll likely only be for the top trim GT models (with the TTV6) and special editions (as not all pony cars are collectible, just the ones with certain powertrains, along with special editions).

  • Alter Ego

    LC 500 is a 100% yes. Idk about the others. As much as I love the stinger, I’m sure it will quickly be eclipsed and made less important by newer models like the New York concept.

    • Bash


  • kachuks

    2.8? I didn’t know the Trackhawk was hypercar fast.

  • StrangerGP

    The bigger demand for the Civic is something that will not last, Honda just didn’t deliver enough vehicles. Plus I don’t think it will age well with its controversial styling, better looking predecessors and more interesting competitors in the hot hatch segment.

  • LeStori

    Crushables? Seems a better term.

  • Vassilis

    The Civic and the RS3 will most likely be succeeded by better versions so they won’t be collectible.

  • Craig

    More FCA vehicles than any other? Hmm…… how very interesting. Now spread the love around to your OTHER vehicles and impress the world.

  • Bo Hanan

    The Audi and the Kia are no.

  • DGC

    I would say a Ford Focus RS is going to be a lot more valuable then the Civic R. Take a look at Focus RS’s on British and European websites that are for sale… They are demanding pretty high prices. Example Focus RS MK1….. good luck finding one under 10,000 Pounds, what converts to approximately 15K US. The Civic RS I am afraid is going to be a cracked up rust bucket that you will pray they have insurance if they hit your car….

    • Focus RS Mk I is expensive for reason, it went through a phase when the car got cheap and most of the example get trashed. Now people are wanting them again and there are not enough demands.

      This is what I’ve been saying about modern cars, is hard to guessing which one will become collectibles since everyone keeping them nicely thinking that there will be another classic car boom.

  • 2sfhim

    Alpine A110 obviously

  • Blue Gum

    Haha, not a single one of those will be a future classic.

  • Stealth333

    I think the 2018/19 WRX STI will become a collectable since it may be the last Subaru with the rumble and EJ engine.

  • smartacus

    i will have to agree with the ZL1 1LE,
    But instead of RS3; i’d say TT-RS.

    LC 500; yes definitely.
    but aaaah! Don’t forget
    Lexus RC F with the
    same V8 but more HP

  • jaykit

    People will still be looking at the rear of the CTR in 20 years asking WTF…

  • Steven Clark

    Yes to the Honda , Lexus and Jeep. But the Kia? Not a chance.

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