You needn’t spend a fortune to buy a modern and future classic
TWENTY years from now, the carscape will be vastly different. Electric cars will be commonplace, hybrids will be universal and the Aussie V8 muscle car will be a page in history.
But a handful of 2013 cars will have survived the turmoil to attain classic status just as the Ford FalconGTHO from the 1960s is considered even more desirable today than it was when it first hit the road.
Classic cars are not necessarily about horsepower or price.
We know a collector who loves the humble, bumbling Morris 1100 in his multi-car garage.
The first Toyota Prius is a car to keep because of its place in history.
The original Mazda MX-5 from 1989 is just as ‘‘ classic’’ as certain Porsche 911s.
The key to classic status is simple: Emotion. A car does a job in the same way as a fridge but it’s much more than a machine, from the shape of its bodywork to the touch-and-feel pieces in the cabin and the way it makes you feel when you’re driving.
The attachment could take the form of the love you feel for a first car, even a humble ’ 50s Beetle, or the satisfaction of finally parking a dream machine— even a Leyland P76— in the garage.
Classic cars don’t have to be affordable on day one, because depreciation hits everything. Not enough, perhaps, to make the LaFerrari more than a dream but it could help with a Porsche 911 or an Audi R8 that’s definitely desirable despite the showroom sticker.
Which current cars will achieve classic status? If we really knew, the Carsguide crew would be putting them up on blocks today as investments for the future.
But here are some likely suspects:
Keepers of the future (clockwise from bottom Range Rover Evoque, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Holden Commodore SSSubaru BRZ, Abarth 595 Tributo and Nissan GT-R