The world would be considerably less entertaining if we could all predict the future. Even so, the classic car gurus at Hagerty Insurance have cast a few chicken bones in an attempt to figure out which vehicles produced today might eventually turn collectible.

The company restricted entrants to hardware with a price tag of less than $100,000, so the list isn't populated with too many wild exotics. While vehicles like the Nissan GT-R Black Edition, Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Porsche 911 are low-hanging fruit, the list also featured a few surprises.

For starters, it begins with none other than the mighty Buick Regal GS. Hagerty says the vehicle is a win because it's the first Buick with a manual transmission since the fall of the Holy Roman Empire. The Fiat 500 Abarth also makes an appearance alongside an even hotter hatch, the Volkswagen Golf R. Of course, we're simply thrilled to see the sinister Audi TT RS make a showing. Hit the jump for the full list or view each vehicle in our gallery above.
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2012 Hagerty Hot List: 10 Future Collector Cars Under $100,000

Scottsdale Auctions and Market Trends Highlight Next American- and foreign-built Classic Cars


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (January 26, 2012) – Hagerty, the world leader in classic car insurance and host to the largest database of classic cars, today announced its annual "Hagerty Hot List" of new vehicles that stand above their mass-produced peers. The announcement comes on the heels of the annual Scottsdale collector car auction week, a Mecca for classic car enthusiasts and the place where collector car values are established for the year ahead. With so many world-record breaking sales and increasing values, consumers may be wondering what cars have the best future collectability.


"After more than twenty years of witnessing car-collecting trends, we have the unique ability to look at new cars through the eyes of a collector," said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty Insurance. "This year's Hot List includes cars that are sure to develop a cult-like following because their characteristics resonate with driving enthusiasts."


Each year Hagerty asks its team of valuations experts to select which mass-produced vehicles with a MSRP of less than $100,000 will one day become collectible. The 2012 Hagerty Hot List (along with base price) is:


1. Buick Regal GS ($32,535) – It has been quite a long time since we could say "that isn't your Grandpa's Buick." Surprisingly, at a time when allegedly more sporting makes don't offer real three-pedal manual transmissions, Buick is doing it with the Regal GS.


2. Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition ($48,100) – Ford is calling this a "race car with a license plate," and it pays homage to the original and very collectible Boss 302. It is a beast on the race track, yet tame enough to drive on the street – and all for less than $50,000.


3. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 ($61,785) – Let's face it, Americans love SUVs. The problem is most SUVs don't handle as impressively as they look. The SRT8 version of the Grand Cherokee takes the rugged, go-anywhere look of an SUV and combines it with performance characteristics that would earn respect on a race track.


4. Fiat 500 Abarth ($22,000) – With a 160 horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, Abarth-tuned suspension, brakes and dual exhaust, the latest in-house-tuned Fiat recalls the "small but wicked" models from the past. Fiat's performance division also includes complimentary admission to the Abarth Driving Experience with each purchase. The cognoscenti line has formed.


5. Volkswagen Golf R ($36,000) – The Golf's ancestor, the MK I GTI from the early 1980s, is now a legitimate collectible, and the rare 2004 Golf R32 is headed in that direction. The new, all-wheel drive Golf R is geared towards someone who enjoys driving and evokes the same "pocket-rocket" characteristics of its forbearers.


6. Porsche 911 ($82,100) – The Porsche legacy is built around the 911. Every generation runs the course from being fun used cars for good buys to eventually swelling in value. If you are most concerned about a car holding its value over the long term, then this is the car on this list to buy now and lovingly keep.


7. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ($54,095) – Since 2005, the current generation of Shelby Mustangs has owned the king-of-the-hill position in the pony car segment. The new ZL1 Camaro with 580 horsepower brings Chevy back into the hunt and demonstrates that old-school muscle is alive and well.


8. Nissan GT-R Black Edition ($95,100) – Until this year, this is the car that young people in the U.S. have only been able to experience on video games. It manages to squeeze 530 horsepower out of a six-cylinder engine. While the invoice price is out of reach for most in the younger generation, we predict they will remember these cars years down the road after their student loans are paid off.


9. Dodge Charger SRT8 ($46,795) – What won us over is the giant touch screen in the center of the dash. And not for the reasons you are thinking. It has "performance pages" that feed input to the driver about performance statistics such as available horsepower and torque.


10. Audi TT RS ($56,850) – For people who won't buy a Porsche because they haven't won Le Mans in quite a while, the Audi TT RS is the answer. This is a car with global appeal, which means it will have global demand several decades down the road.


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      Trevor
      • 2 Years Ago
      TT-rs I can see being a collectible....... With only the manual transmission making it stateside, and the very limited numbers in the US, and the rave reviews it gets....... I can't wait to see one in person.
      Sixspeed
      • 2 Years Ago
      No CTS-V wagon?? I agree with most of the others on the list other than the Regal. It's cool and all, but I can't see it being a "classic" while rolling across the block like the others
      • 2 Years Ago
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      nickms3
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am pretty sure I can come up with a better list than what these so called professionals came up with. Cayman R RX8 R3 Challenger 392 M3 Frozen Black Edition Exige S Nismo 370z 13 GT500 Evo X CTS V wagon Raptor
      • 2 Years Ago
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        007 Vodka Martini
        • 2 Years Ago
        YOU CANNOT GET A MAZDA6 V-6 MANUAL!!!! After 2008, you could not even get a decent I-4 Fusion manual (stripped SE only, then S only). And then Mazda launched the new MAZDA6 without a V-6 manual. They even eventually dumbed the I-4 manual down to the cheap model (like the MAZDA5). My high mileage SVT Contour beat an M-plate Abarth at the Chrysler Tech Center. Joker tried to race. hahaha!
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 2 Years Ago
        The STI is better? You are kidding me. My Evo 2008 was a great car. Sound deadening material. Flawless keyless entry, great recaro seats, excellent Brembo brakes, Bilsteins dampers and Ehbach coilovers, well-done Rockford Fosgate Navigation system with the 9 speaker sound system. BBS light-weight rims, manually adjustable HID headlights. All for at or around 43k. Load up an STI and see what you get for 43K. Buck for buck and option to option the STI is not even in the same league. Even STI owners that I know felt a little jipped.
        TCBRacing
        • 2 Years Ago
        "Regal GS is nothing special. Mazda6 V6 and Legacy GT are much better handlers and better performers and look better. No car can be called a "sports sedan" if a friggin Camry V6 outhandles it." Bring your Camry V6 and I will bring a Regal GS, that comes standard with Brembo brakes and the highest hp/liter engine in the industry, and we can see which one handles better...
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TCBRacing
          Girls, you're both pretty. I'll bring my GN, and then you can both explain to me why it doesn't outperform 15 yr old technology.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TCBRacing
          Typo - 25 yr old technology.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TCBRacing
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          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @TCBRacing
          Butterfly, if you're referring to my personal GN....I believe in driving my cars, 25 years of technology has provided me with numerous upgrades. If I can hang with Corvettes & NSX's in the curves, pretty sure I can run circles around the new GS. Now if you're referring to an original oem equipped car, then I would hope that 25 yrs of improvements would do more than just out handle a car from an era where GM quality was basically non existent.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        Miatas are a dime a dozen. There's tons of them out on the roads. No way in hell it will be a collector. Wrong, the ZR1 used Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, not racing slicks. Obvious bias is obvious. Don't be mad that the Corvette outpaces the GTR with the simple formula of light weight, big power, big tires, and a 6-speed manual. Either way, the only GTR that would garner collector status would be the Vspec. Also, the ZL1 moniker has a legacy and the current car has remarkable performance for its size. I'm surprised you praise the also-heavy GTR while faulting the Camaro for its curb weight. An STI will never be a collector, as much as I love the car. It has about as much chance of being a collector car as a Honda Civic. The C63 AMG is about as much of a collector's car as the E90 M3, which is definitely not. Repeat after me: Mass produced super saloons. Nothing special.
        Karl T
        • 2 Years Ago
        Rant, I don't know where you pulled some of this out of -assuming a certain body cavity- but you're mad if you think the Mazda6 V6 and Camry V6 will top the GS. The tests already completed blow that claim out of the water. The only way the Legacy GT approaches the GS is because of AWD. Then again, read how well the GS fared when it beat the S60 R-design, and you'll see that AWD couldn't save the Volvo. WRX over Golf R? Ha! The Golf R has worlds better fit & finish, is more of an adult's car, and is far more refined. The STi and Legacy GT comments are nothing but borne out of brand-blindness and stupidity. You're worse than an 18 year old trying to claim the current Civic is a great car in a Honda forum.
        Quen47
        • 2 Years Ago
        Haha Fried Colombian Ricer, you make yourself look seriously deluded with the "Camry can outhandle Regal GS" garbage. You might want to go back to troll school so they can teach you how to troll with some credibility.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Quen47
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's hilarious how you claim NOT to be Fried_Troll, yet now you are starting to overpraise the crap out of Japanese cars.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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          @Elmo
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just because you praised the C63 and Grand Cherokee SRT/8, doesn't make you a different person. You still made it clear that you are, indeed, Fried_Troll under a different name. You posted BS facts about Japanese that can be proven wrong with just a few clicks of the mouse and a few strokes on the keyboard. So show me where you got your info that the Mazda6, Legacy GT, and the Camry V6 were shown to be better performers than the Regal GS. Hell, has any major auto rag even compared the 4 cars? Because I seem to not remember any. I get monthly subscriptions to C&D, R&T, and many other auto rags, and I've yet to see this comparison. Also, the ZR-1 that made the faster lap than the GT-R DID NOT use racing slicks. It used DOT rated semi-slick tires that are OPTIONAL on both the ZR-1 and Z06. There's a HUGE difference between racing slicks and DOT rated semi-slick tires. And no, under normal circumstances, the GT-R is still slower. This was proven at last year's Lightning Lap Challenge where the ZR-1 with regular street tires from the factory beat the 2012 GT-R. So yes, in conclusion, you ARE Fried_Troll under yet another name. Defend it all you want, but you've already blown your cover.
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 2 Years Ago
        Golf R I would not choose. I wouldnt put the STI over it either. The STI is flawed. I think the Lancer Evolution MR touring model should be on this list. Great Racaro seats, a well put together duel clutch transmission, well refined, Brembo brakes with Eibach Springs and Bilstein dampers equals superior handling.. I think that car and the Mustang is a great bang for your buck. Everything else appears to be an appropriate pick as a collectible.
      crzydavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hardly any jap models on there, what a surprise! No one wants to collect old soul-less appliances.
        Burabus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        sorry, I bet you you'll see a wrx sti on future collector's lists way before you see most of the models on that list.
          DrEvil
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Burabus
          Burabus: Look back through the years, you can count the number of mass produced Japanese collectibles on one hand. Here are a few of my faves: Datsun 240z & 260z, Honda N600, Toyota 2000, Original Celica coupe & liftback, Mazda RX3, Datsun 510. The Honda S2000 could also become a collectible, you just have to rip that unfortunate engine out. An EcoBoost or Ecotec 2.0 turbo would really transform that car.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Burabus
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        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        are you one of those racist people that fail to embrace the world and its range of people?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
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          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          That's just an asinine comment. Any car that has some historical importance is collectible, doesn't matter if it's Japanese, German, American, etc.
      007 Vodka Martini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny. I look at the Regal GS as a decent lease that I can beat the piss out of and leave it for dead for the retard that thinks buying a car out of lease is a good idea! Haha!! I laugh at all of those losers. The ex-Big 3 management lease cars are the WORST! I provided many examples of such vehicles. So did my friends in high school. Detroit suburban hooligans with engineering management dads! Don't buy off the "b-lot"!
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @007 Vodka Martini
        So basically you're one of those douches that likes to beat the crap out of lease cars so nobody can buy them out of lease because the car doesn't run right anymore? Yeah, speaking for all car buyers around the world, we all hate you.
        TBQ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @007 Vodka Martini
        Destroying your Cobalt was really badass, bro. Total white-trash move.
      dake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buick? future classic? uhh no
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dake
        Buick GSX? Buick Grand National/GNX? Roadmaster (1936-1958)? Riviera? Special/Super Sedan? Skylark? Electra? Shall I keep going?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dake
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      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Future classic rental cars.....
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Uh the Hurst Olds wasn't a rental...
      Jonathan Arena
      • 2 Years Ago
      A mass produced buick sedan? Wtf?
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Delete: 1. Buick Regal GS 3. Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 7. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 9. Dodge Charger SRT8 Hmmm, that leaves only the Ford as a future classic domestic car. I think a Vett Z06 could fit on that list, and maybe a Challenger, and a CTS-V Coupe
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Why wouldn't any of those be classics? Please explain.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          because I personally do not like any of them, that is why
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        So just because you don't like them, doesn't mean they're not going to be classics? Wow. What? Are you god?
      Cory Haggard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where's the 1 Series M!?
        Matt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cory Haggard
        Esp since it was produced for 1 year in very small numbers and got rave reviews for being a proper BMW.
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