QOTD: Which Newer Vehicles Are Destined for Collector Status?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd which newer vehicles are destined for collector status

There’s always big money in the collector car market. Auction houses like Mecum and Barrett-Jackson simply roll the shiny and tempting classic metal (like that Purp Drank Impala SS) across their blocks. The old folks (or their buying representatives) in the audience quickly and happily shill out huge sums for the privilege of adding a pretty and desirable machine of yesteryear to their collection.

Let’s see if we can’t predict the not-so-old vehicles that will appear on these illustrious auction blocks in the future.

We’re not going to impose too many rules today, just one rule and one general principle.

  1. Your predicted vehicle must be 15 years old or less, which leaves it 10 or more years to age into classic status at 25. This rule eliminates the mid-90s Japan metal that’s easy fodder. 2004 or newer.
  2. There needs to be some real reason your selection(s) might become collectible. “The Corolla S will be collectible because I like it” is not valid.

I’m sure some in the audience will feel that the desirable metal is all in the past; today’s generoboxes will never have the appeal of the good stuff from prior decades. Nonsense! The cream of any crop will attract collector attention, as the market demands a supply of fresh blood. On to the examples!

2009 Jaguar XJR

My favorite first. A last of the type is what we have here. Though the XJ featured revised (squared-off) bumpers and some gills the last couple of model years, the 2009 is still the one to have. The XJR version gets the nod for its supercharged V8 and aggressive styling. Tracing this XJ’s styling lineage back through time to the beautiful Mark X of 1961 was quite easy. The replacement XJ for 2011? Not so much.

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

This sporty and largely forgotten van showed up randomly in the front of my mind. Available only for the 2007 model year, the R63 featured a 6.2-liter V8 engine that pumped out a whopping 503 horsepower. Zero to 62 miles an hour took 4.6 seconds. The R63 was crazy, sold poorly, and easily wins the contest for most powerful production minivan. Catnip for collectors later.

What are your selections for future car collectibles?

[Images: General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Daimler AG]

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  • Ral Migoya Ral Migoya on Feb 12, 2018

    Don't know if in the US it was commercialized the 2001 VW Beetle RSi, only 250 made, VR6 engine, 225 hp, 4motion. My second choice would be the VW Passat W8 because... W8!!!

  • Smapdi Smapdi on Feb 12, 2018

    Vehicross. I am cheating because its an '01 putting it at 17 years old, but it is one of those concept darlings that got attention at shows then tanked in the real world. I think its rare status will give it a cult following (I would hunt one down if I had the extra cash to worry about repair bills).

  • Bd2 Other way around.Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Pony Coupe during the early 1970s and later used its wedge shape as the basis for the M1 and then the DMC-12.The 3G Supra was just one of many Japanese coupes to adopt the wedge shape (actually was one of the later ones).The Mitsubishi Starion, Nissan 300ZX, etc.
  • Tassos I also want one of the idiots who support the ban to explain to me how it will work.Suppose sometime (2035 or later) you cannot buy a new ICE vehicle in the UK.Q1: Will this lead to a ICE fleet resembling that of CUBA, with 100 year old '56 Chevys eventually? (in that case, just calculate the horrible extra pollution due to keeping 100 year old cars on the road)Q2: Will people be able to buy PARTS for their old cars FOREVER?Q3: Will people be allowed to jump across the Channel and buy a nice ICE in France, Germany (who makes the best cars anyway), or any place else that still sells them, and then use it in the UK?
  • Tassos Bans are ridiculous and undemocratic and smell of Middle Ages and the Inquisition. Even 2035 is hardly any better than 2030.The ALMIGHTY CONSUMER should decide, not... CARB, preferably WITHOUT the Government messing with the playing field.And if the usual clueless idiots read this and offer the tired "But Government subsidizes the oil industry too", will they EVER learn that those MINISCULE (compared to the TRILLIONS of $ size of this industry) subsidies were designed to help the SMALL Oil producers defend themselves against the "Big Oil" multinationals. Ask ANY major Oil co CEO and he will gladly tell you that you can take those tiny subsidies and shove them.
  • Dusterdude The suppliers can ask for concessions, but I wouldn’t hold my breath . With the UAW they are ultimately bound to negotiate with them. However, with suppliers , they could always find another supplier ( which in some cases would be difficult, but not impossible)
  • AMcA Phoenix. Awful. The roads are huge and wide, with dedicated lanes for turning, always. Requires no attention to what you're doing. The roads are idiot proofed, so all the idiots drive - they have no choice, because everything is so spread out.