Ap­pre­ci­at­ing aut

You needn’t spend a for­tune to buy a mod­ern and fu­ture clas­sic

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cover Story - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@cars­guide.com.au

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

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