A red, sleek looking 2011 BMW 1Series M-Spec drives around a blurred curved road, with blurred trees and a stormy looking sky in the background

Today’s Cars, Tomorrow’s Classic Collectibles

A red, sleek looking 2011 BMW 1Series M-Spec drives around a blurred curved road, with blurred trees and a stormy looking sky in the background

Today’s Cars, Tomorrow’s Classic Collectibles

Car collectors may focus on the past, but what about tomorrow’s classics? Here are a few modern cars that could become future collectibles.

Whether you’re collecting cars as a financial investment or just because you love to drive them, someday your garage will be full of sleek looking vehicles. You can certainly keep an eye out for classics of the past, but what about the classics of tomorrow? Each year, new cars and trucks roll off the line that have a shot at becoming prized rarities in the years to come. What can you get today that might turn into a classic down the road? A few modern masterpieces instantly come to mind as contenders that could find a place in the hearts of future collectors.

Mazda MX-5 Miata

The MX-5 retains the classic, compact, sporty look the Miata series is known for while excelling in almost all performance categories on the road. Its 155-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine zips along from zero to 60 in a hair over 6 seconds. It’s one of Car and Driver’s favorite mid-range cars, landing a spot on the publication’s 2017 10 Best Cars list.

A unique-looking black Mazda MX-5 Mk3 sits on a grassy field, with a green grassy hill in the background
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BBC Top Gear put it best by saying that 25 years ago, the Miata “made motoring fun again.” The car has a manual transmission that’s fun to use, tight handling, and economic fuel consumption, and it looks great on the road or in the garage.

Ford F-150 2017 Raptor

Ford’s F-Series is the cornerstone of classic American trucks, and the manufacturer’s newest iteration has a rocket strapped to it. The all-new 3.5-liter twin V-6 EcoBoost turbo engine churns out 450 horsepower and 510 foot-pounds of torque, shooting it from zero to 60 in 5 seconds flat with a top speed of 107 mph. And the Raptor looks just as mean as it performs, with an aggressive grill, headlights, and skid plate meant to distinguish it from the pack.

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The 2017 Raptor is part of Ford’s 13th F-Series generation. These trucks are routinely bought and sold by collectors and traders alike, so a truck like the Raptor, which has received unanimous praise, is a safe bet.

Chevrolet 2017 Camaro SS

The Camaro is an American muscle car staple, and many car lovers have a sweet spot for this Chevy, from its debut in 1966 to the completely overhauled 2017 performance model. The latest Camaro SS includes a 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 engine. Car and Driver recommends the six-speed manual over the automatic. The SS can hit zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds with a 160 mph top speed.

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The Camaro is just as legendary as the Ford Mustang, and this is the last year that the SS performance sedan will roll off the line. With just three model years in the books, the total number produced may come in below 10,000, adding comparative rarity to the deal.

2016 Ford Focus RS

A red, sleek looking 2011 BMW 1Series M-Spec drives around a blurred curved road, with blurred trees and a stormy looking sky in the background
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The Focus RS made a big splash when the car maker announced Americans would finally get a Focus that’s nearly identical to those sold in Europe — not the watered-down or otherwise reconfigured versions normally distributed in the U.S. The Focus RS received five-star reviews from Top Gear, Car and Driver, and Autocar. Base models all come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine with 350 horsepower that goes from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds.

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The value of this highly prized hatchback has actually gone up from 2016 to 2017, according to NADA Guides. Given hype and its warm reception, along with its status as an unaltered car from Europe, it’s a must for car collectors.

BMW 1 Series M Coupe

A red, sleek looking 2011 BMW 1Series M-Spec drives around a blurred curved road, with blurred trees and a stormy looking sky in the background
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It’s not brand new, but this 2011 BMW is already worth more than other pricier BMWs released at the same time. In February of 2016, CNET reported that a used 1M Coupe with 60,000 miles could fetch up to $2,000 more than its initial price when released.

Part of the extraordinary appreciation comes from the car’s rarity. BMW only released 2,700 worldwide, and only 740 were distributed to the U.S. On top of that, the 1M received great reviews across the board and was hailed as simply more fun to drive than its contemporaries, which probably drummed up demand for an already rare car.

Take note. If a car is getting rave reviews, is the better part of its line, and has a limited distribution, then it could become an instant classic.

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Already proven.

Green and orange retro looking cars in the foreground sit in the foreground in a line-up of classic cars in a parking lot
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