Modern-Day Collectible Cars
Classic car values are skyrocketing. According to a recent report from CNBC, in fact, the high-end automobile market is performing better for investors than the traditional stock market.
But how are you supposed to know what cars might make wise investments for the future? Well, you don't know, really. But you can make informed guesses, like the team from Hagerty has done.
Every year, Hagerty releases a list of vehicles that stand out as likely collector cars within the next 25 years. In order to be considered for the “Hagerty Hot List,” the vehicle must be produced within the 2016 model year with an MSRP of less than $100,000.
So, which cars made the future-collectible list for 2016? Click on the image above to find out.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
For $24,915, the Mazda MX-5 Miata may be the world's most perfect sports car. Says Hagerty, "Where there used to be MGs, Triumphs and Austin-Healeys, which leaked everything from oil on the driveway to rain on the passengers, there is the bullet-proof, trouble-free Miata."
We couldn't agree more.
Ford Focus RS
For $35,730, the Ford Focus RS is one of the most hotly anticipated hatchbacks ever to hit American shores. Hagerty calls it "The Focus from Hell." With 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque routed through a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, we call it practically perfect.
Ford Focus Information
Chevrolet Camaro SS
There may not be a better performance value on the market than the Chevy Camaro SS. For $37,295, Chevy's latest pony car rumbles out 455 horsepower. But there's more to the Camaro than just power – the 2016 edition is Chevy's best yet, with handling and poise to match the ground-shaking power it's had for years.
Chevrolet Camaro Information
Is the $51,700 M2 a return to BMW's glory days, when practically anything wearing the propellor-inspired badge was sure to be a driver's car? Why yes, it appears to be exactly that. The M2 the most intriguing car BMW has released in several years, and it's price puts it within reach of many consumers.
BMW M2 Information
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
This is the fastest, most capable Mustang that Ford has ever produced, and that means it's a likely pick for those looking to park a future classic in their garages. At $62,195, it's not exactly cheap, but with its 526-horsepower, 5.2-liter V8 (with a racing-spec flat-plane crankshaft) and carbon fiber wheels, it's a bargain-priced exotic.
Ford Mustang Information
Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
You could call the Alfa Romeo 4C bare-bones, and you'd be right. But that's exactly the point. Think of it like the world's most stylish go-kart and you won't be terribly far off. Those who love wind-in-the-hair motoring will want to pick the Spider.
Alfa Romeo 4C Information
Porsche Cayman GT4
The Porsche Cayman GT4 may be the brand's best driver's car. It's supremely balanced, due to its mid-engine layout, and leaves very little on the table for its big brother to brag about. And, at $84,600, it's a lot less expensive than the 911, too.
Porsche Cayman Information
Dodge Viper SRT Coupe
The Dodge Viper isn't going to be around forever, at least not in its current 8.4-liter, V10-powered guise. But it will forever remain memorable, and that's a solid recipe for a future collectible.
Now that Dodge has confirmed that 2016 will be the final model year for the Viper, now's your last chance to get one.
Dodge Viper Information
Cadillac made an already excellent car considerably more interesting when it slotted a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine under its wedge-shaped hood. Pumping out 464 horsepower, this $60,465 car comes in both sedan and coupe shapes.