In an ideal world, we’d be able to say now which cars were going to be considered classics in 20 or 30 years.
Whilst for some it would give them the opportunity to prepare to drive around in a vehicle that’s almost guaranteed to turn people’s heads, for others it would be akin to winning the lottery – there are plenty of classic cars out there today that are worth considerably more than their initial purchase price.
But how possible is it to know which cars are going to become classics? Is there a process you can follow or is there a certain element of guesswork involved?
Whilst we’d say guesswork is actually kept to a minimum, as with the right knowledge you can have educated ideas about which vehicles will fall into the classic category in the coming years, we would explain that the ‘criteria’ for becoming a classic is vast and varied – what you thought might be a certainty could prove to be anything but.
Take a look at any lists aiming to predict classic cars of the future and you’ll see just what we mean.
This piece from HonestJohn.co.uk showcases it perfectly – in their list ‘Top 10: Future classics for less than £10,000’, you’ve got a Renault Clio, a soft-top Mercedes from the 1980s, a Rover 75 and a Citroen XM.
There are a few more obvious cars in there – a Jaguar and Porsche take place on the list, for instance – but the four cars above would be thought by many to end up on the bangers list, not classics.
The reason why they’re on that list is the reason why it can be difficult to predict classics of the future – specifics.
When you look at the Clio, we’re not just talk about the 1.2 Dynamique version that a lot of young drivers dreamed of owning for their first or second car, but the V6 sport version which took the world by storm when it launched in 2001.
Similarly, the Rover 75 mentioned is the stunningly powerful V8 version, which was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show almost 10 years ago now. Combining traditional Rover aspects (huge amounts of wooden trim internally, for example) with modern aspects and you’re presented with a car that’s a pleasure to drive.
It’s never going to be easy trying to pick out which cars are going to become classics in the future. Even as a company offering secure car storage for classic vehicles, the vehicles we see are so vast and varied that it’s difficult to find one common factor that brings them all together.
But our main piece of advice would be to look past the overall view of the car and consider the specifics, particularly with models where a much more powerful version than standard was produced.
We’re not saying doing so will see you pick out future classic after future classic, but you’d definitely be on the right path to doing so.
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