In­stant clas­sics

The 86 and BRZ twins could be­come too valu­able to drive: Grange among sports cars

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - MARK HINCH­LIFFE mark.hinch­liffe@cars­

THE two cars widely re­garded as the best of 2012 have al­ready been pro­claimed fu­ture clas­sics.

Toy­ota’s 86 and its twin, the Subaru BRZ, are the sub­ject of such high de­mand and low sup­ply that wait­ing lists stretch far into next year.

Glass’s In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices re­search an­a­lyst Rushad Parkar es­ti­mates that they will have a high re­sale value of 60 per cent af­ter three years.

‘‘ We have placed both the Toy­ota 86 and the BRZ on the high charts, keep­ing in mind the build-up to their launch and some tech­ni­cal as­pects along with the tar­get seg­ments and the per­for­mance of these seg­ments over time,’’ Parkar says.

Phil Ross of Shan­nons In­sur­ance says the pair will ri­val Mazda’s MX-5 as a col­lectable ex­am­ple that could ap­pre­ci­ate in value over the years.

‘‘ Cer­tainly both have the look and price tag to get you think­ing they may just be the next col­lec­tor cars,’’ he says.

‘‘ I’mnot sur­prised that Glass’s Guide re­ports high re­sale val­ues.’’

Ross says it’s a tough call as to whether the Toy­ota or the Subaru will be­come the most pop­u­lar over time.

‘‘ In fact, the only dif­fer­ence I can see is the front grille and badges,’’ he says.

‘‘ Both are rear-wheel drive, 2.0-litre, good look­ing sporty cars so they both should be pop­u­lar for years to come. How pop­u­lar prob­a­bly de­pends on what else gets re­leased in the next few years.

‘‘ My first im­pres­sion of these cars was that they were great look­ing and great value. They def­i­nitely stand out from any­thing that we have seen for a while. So far so good, on the col­lec­tor scale.

‘‘ We see so many bud­get new Ja­panese cars come and go. Not many get to the sta­tus of the MX-5 and stay pop­u­lar.

‘‘ The MX-5 is still pop­u­lar as an ev­ery­day driver but has also in some cases be­come the week­end toy car and only driven on week­ends or on a car club run.’’

Col­lectabil­ity of the cars may de­pend on their track cre­den­tials.

‘‘ The 86 and BRZ may get a work­out as drift cars and build more cred and ex­po­sure with the drifters,’’ he says. ‘‘ Plus we will prob­a­bly see (an ex­am­ple of ei­ther car) in pro­duc­tion car rac­ing be­fore long. All this goes to in­crease the pop­u­lar­ity of the cars.’’

Pop­u­lar picks: The Toy­ota 86 (above) and Subaru’s BRZ

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