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NEVER really done nos­tal­gia, least of all when it’s re­lated to things on four wheels.

Part of this stems from un­re­lent­ing ex­po­sure to new prod­uct.

At some point, I’ll drive al­most ev­ery pas­sen­ger car and SUV re­leased this year. I strug­gle to see many once or fu­ture clas­sics among the al­most num­ber­less plethora of prod­uct be­fore us.

That’s as it should be. Cars are, for the main part, con­sumer prod­ucts to be used and dis­posed of in their turn.

Yet, while pos­si­bly the most dis­in­ter­ested per­son on the planet, even I can see some af­ford­able de­vices out there that could stand the test of time.

While de­sign­ers have be­come pris­on­ers of aero­dy­nam­ics (the lower the drag fac­tor, the bet­ter the al­limpor­tant and tightly reg­u­lated fuel econ­omy and car­bon emis­sions), th­ese make a virtue of it.

Gerry McGovern’s Range Rover Evoque coupe is the only SUV worth look­ing at twice. Hard to imag­ine this three­door fail­ing to strike the on­looker of 20 years hence.

Ditto Volk­swa­gen’s Scirocco. Though VW is land­ing its other wares to the point of in­vis­i­bil­ity, the Golf­based coupe isn’t go­ing to stop look­ing cool any time soon. Pub­lic and crit­ics agree on the Toy­ota 86/Subaru BRZ — though the look is one of this great car’s least com­pelling fac­tors.

In­deed, while this trio are all con­ceiv­ably the stuff of fu­ture nostal­gists, they’ve all got more than the go to match the show.

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