Are you driving a future classic? For some cars, it quickly become obvious whether it will be a classic or not. If a new car is special, if only a few are made, and if the combination of engine, weight, balance and gearbox are all just right, it will almost always become a classic when it hits 25 years old. Ferraris and Lamborghinis are immediately future classics when they drive out of the factory, so let’s take a look at some other cars which are destined to become classic cars in the near future.
1. BMW 1M Coupe
The BMW 1M Coupe is a very fast and pure, light-weight car. The 1M Coupe, though not technically a proper M, surprises people with its performance using a 340 HP 3.0L twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine. BMW fanatics love the car’s rear wheel drive and manual gearbox and many feel these elements are even purer than BMW’s own M3 from the same year. This is why it is such a sought after vehicle with a high price tag.
2. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
This Aston Martin is so special because it has a manual gearbox instead of an automatic one. Aston Martin made this unusual design decision for their V12 S version because it gives driving an extra dimension. Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer says the car company will not kill off manual transmission. Speaking of this approach he said: ‘We all have to move with the times but I still think there’s scope within that for the true enthusiast sports car and I’d like to think there will always be home for those customers at Aston Martin.’ And we have to agree! This Aston had a limited production run and sold out immediately. It has been growing in value ever since.
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3. Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Next up is an Italian beauty which is one of our favourite future classics. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has very elegant lines and is fitted with a 4.7L V8 and a 450 HP engine. Produced in a coupe version as well as a convertible, 500 models of both types were manufactured and sold throughout the world. That means that there are some very lucky owners out there!
4. Porsche Cayman GT4
At first sight you might think that this Porsche is not actually that special. It’s no 911 for example, the venerable vehicle with a 50 year history. Instead it’s just a regular baby Porsche. But the Cayman GT4 is more than meets the eye. In fact, this little Porsche is fitted with the same flat 6-cylinder engine as the 911 Carrera S and its suspension and steering have been plucked straight out of the 911 GT3! Combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox, this Cayman GT4 is very quick and a lot of fun to drive. Just 2,500 units were made in total, ensuring this car will remain very exclusive and sought after.
5. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Talk about retaining value, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is still worth today what it costed new back in 2011. Besides its good looks and the awesome Gullwing-style doors, the absolute best feature is its handling; It’s tremendously precise and amazingly predictable with no body roll. While Ferrari and Lamborghini have been making mid-engine cars, Mercedes opted for a front-engine in the form of a big 6.2L V8 with 583 HP. Its acceleration is also show stopping; it does the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds and keeps on going until its top speed of 317 km/h. There’s no doubt that this car will one day be a very high value classic car.
Look for Your Dream Car!
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