The New Classics?
What if you could buy a vehicle, knowing it would become a classic? With a deep understanding of the market, the collector car experts at Hagerty released their annual 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.
“Despite all the negative talk about the future of the car, this is one of the most exciting times to be a car enthusiast,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “Manufacturers seem to have found the golden combination of performance, handling, safety and styling. The cars on this list check all of these boxes and will make them desirable for years to come.”
The 2016 Hagerty Hot List (www.hagerty.com, along with base price):
- Mazda MX-5 Miata ($24,915) - Since 1989, this car has consistently flown the flag of the lightweight roadster. The newest generation is shorter and more nimble than the preceding model and is quickly gaining the respect of driving enthusiasts.
- Ford Focus RS ($35,730) - The RS will finally reach American dealers for the 2016 model year with 350 horsepower, 350 pound-foot of torque, a six-speed manual and an all-wheel drive system that promises everything but the moon and a World Rally Championship trophy in every garage.
- Chevrolet Camaro SS ($37,295) - Following last year’s debut of the sixth-generation Mustang, Chevrolet has once again risen to the challenge with the newly designed sixth-generation Camaro. There’s a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder powertrain along with the V-6, but traditionalists will be glad to know that the SS badge remains in all its 455-hp V-8 glory.
- BMW M2 ($51,700) - In 2016 BMW will launch the M1 Coupe’s successor under the M2 nameplate. It’s slightly larger, significantly sexier and equipped to bookend the M Division’s lineup in the best possible way.
- Ford Mustang GT350R ($62,195) - As if the GT350 wasn’t enough, the “R” version of Ford’s hottest Mustang does away with everything possible to save weight - including the rear seat - and even offers wheels made of carbon fiber. Given the collectability of the Shelby GT350R from the ’60s and even the Mustang Cobra R from 1993, we’d say this one’s a shoe-in.
- Alfa Romeo 4C Spider ($65,900) - We love the pureness and simplicity of the 4C. It’s a refreshing reminder that great cars don’t have to be complicated. The little 4C offers performance similar to a Ferrari 360 Modena from not too long ago at a bargain price for an Italian exotic.
- Porsche Cayman GT4 ($84,600) - This just might be one of the most exciting driver’s cars ever to come from Stuttgart. It borrows components from the current-generation 911 GT3 and puts them to work in a smaller, mid-engine package that makes many people wonder how much further the Cayman can go.
- 2016 Dodge Viper SRT Coupe ($89,090) - This isn’t the first year of the current Viper, but in a time when most cars are trading engine displacement for forced induction there is just something to love about the brute force of the 8.4-liter V-10. If words like “bludgeon” “eviscerate” and “trounce” appeal to you, this is your car.
- Cadillac ATS-V ($60,465) - This car is built in Lansing, Mich., to do battle with bad boys like the BMW M3 and Mercedes-AMG C63. Its twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 makes an eye-watering 464 horsepower that you can control through an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual with no-lift shifting and a penchant for taking punishment.
- 2016 Lotus Evora 400 ($89,900) - This is the brand’s quickest and most powerful series-produced car ever, but it doesn’t sacrifice Lotus’ trademark lightness.