Are these the future classics you should buy now?
Predicting a future classic is a tricky thing. Throughout the years we’ve seen cars crop up that you simply wouldn’t have expected to become popular, commanding huge price tags at auction several decades after having hit the market for a fraction of the gavel cost.
But pick correctly, and a future classic can be an enjoyable thing indeed. And while we’ve not got a crystal ball to predict the classics yet to come, we’ve got some educated guesses from the current crop of cars on sale.
Reviving the much-loved Supra name caused quite the stir in motoring circles. Certainly, there was a fair amount of expectation levelled at Toyota to deliver a car worthy of its iconic predecessor and, thanks to a little help from BMW, it appears to have achieved that.
With curved, head-turning styling and a powerful 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six, we’re adamant that the Supra will go on to be a future classic.
Morgan Plus Six
It’s not often that you get a modern classic which already looks like it could have been built in the 1940s, but that’s the case with Morgan Plus Six. It’s one of the Malvern-based firm’s latest models, incorporating up-to-date construction techniques within a delightfully classic design.
Morgan cars tend to hold their value impressively well, and we’re sure that this next-generation model will go on to do just the same.
Mini John Cooper Works GP
The Mini John Cooper Works GP has taken performance for the brand one step further. The fastest Mini ever produced, it’ll do 164mph flat-out and go from 0-60mph in around five seconds, making it one serious bit of kit.
But importantly for this list, it’s limited to just 3,000 units. It means that the GP will be a rare sight on our roads and, crucially, demand will remain high - which is just what you want from a future classic.
The Alpine A110 is arguably one of the best-handling sports cars on sale today, combining Lotus-esque lightness with genuine character and plenty of performance. It also looks like nothing else on the road, treading the line between cutting-edge and retro gracefully.
But it hasn’t been too successful for sales and often that’s a sure-fire sign of a future classic. Diminished demand now could lead to a lot of interest down the line with demand outstripping supply, so this is a car we’d be watching keenly.
Quirky Japanese models are often slow-burning future classics - look at the creeping prices of the rotary-powered RX-8, for instance - and this is likely to be the case with the Lexus LC. Almost spaceship-like in terms of design, it’s got real supercar presence and the performance to match.
Both a hybrid and a V8 setup are available, and though enthusiasts will be drawn to the latter we expect the quirkiness of the former to be a big draw in future years.
The BMW i3 revolutionised the electric car segment, showing that EVs could be a genuinely premium alternative to combustion-powered rivals. Clever interior design and a quirky exterior look has meant that the i3 has remained looking fresh, despite being on sale for some time.
Though the lifetime of a battery is yet to be fully explored, we can’t see why the i3’s battery pack should degenerate too harshly in years to come. With this in mind, it could be a somewhat undercover future classic option.
Kia brought its Stinger saloon to market to rival the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 for saloon car supremacy. Yet despite excellent standard equipment and a variety of efficient engines, it hasn’t quite taken off. Its quirky styling could divide people, too.
Yet despite these shortcomings today, they could lead to the Kia being a true future classic. Only time will tell, but we’ve got high hopes for the Stinger.
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