QOTD: Are There Any Collectibles Amongst the Rubble?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
qotd are there any collectibles amongst the rubble

Monday’s QOTD post by Matthew Guy inquiring about some of the seriously overpriced metal on today’s collector car market got me thinking. And what it got me thinking about was the present state of cars, and if there’s going to be much worthy of collecting at a later date.

We’re in some dark times, automotively speaking. Allow me to explain.

You see, I could quickly and easily make a list of several desirable and collector-worthy cars for each model year between 1990 and perhaps 2003. After that, things get a bit sketchier, and it’s harder to find collectible metal outside things designed with collectors in mind — like the heated garage-ready Chevrolet SSR, for example. And where things really get dicey is upon the convergence of two distinct and negative forces for those interested in cars, collecting cars, or cars of high quality.

The first negative force was the creation and subsequent Xeroxing of the CUV, as popularized first by the Lexus RX back in the late 1990s. This force continues today, and was compounded by the small economic issue North America experienced in 2008. The Great Recession drove home a point about taking certain risks, and the mostly unnecessary aspects of auto manufacturing like sourcing parts from America and fitting quality interiors to vehicles. I don’t think we’ve climbed out of that hole, especially where automobiles are concerned. Of course, it’s not all bad — just mostly. This brings me to today’s question.

Consider the most recent five model years, 2014 to 2018. Limiting future collectible considerations to these five years only, where do you see the shining stars? In a sea of CUV selections, or where Cadillac tried to act like BMW, BMW went after Lexus, and Lincoln and Acura had their internet shut off, where do you turn?

The headline image is an obvious choice, and I’m taking that one to make the game harder on you. Any HellCarSportHawk variations from FCA with their ridiculous 707 horsepowers are destined to be future collectibles. Eventually people will look at them like they do a Plymouth Superbird; their eyes fixated as the HellVehicle passes. “Remember when they used to make that?”

Off to you all.

[Image: Chris Tonn / TTAC]

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  • Erikstrawn Erikstrawn on Aug 02, 2018

    V8 Charger/300s - There's a million of them out there and nobody's collecting them, not to mention they don't last long. Any two door V8 Chrysler product from the '60s and '70s is at least worth its weight in beer, and I think as the LX platform cars disappear everyone will forget how unreliable they are and they'll go up in value. Plus, the platform has been in production long enough that there will be a significant aftermarket for parts.

  • Rnc Rnc on Aug 02, 2018

    Land Rover Defender

  • Brett Woods 2023 Corvette base model.
  • Paul Taka Hi, where can I find 1982 Honda prelude junkyards in 50 states
  • Poltergeist Make sure you order the optional Dungdai fire suppression system.
  • Prabirmehta I charge my EV at home 100% of the time. The EV is used for in-town driving and the gas guzzling SUV is used for out of town trips. This results in a huge cost saving and rare trips to the gas station.
  • Conundrum Three cylinder Ford Escapes, Chevy whatever it is that competes, and now the Rogue. Great, ain't it? Toyota'll be next with a de-tuned GR Corolla/Yaris powerplant. It's your life getting better and better, yes indeed. A piston costs money, you know.The Rogue and Altima used to have the zero graviy foam front seats. Comfy, but the new Rogue dumps that advance. Costs money. And that color-co-ordinated gray interior, my, ain't it luvverly? Ten years after they perfected it in the first Versa to appeal to the terminally depressed, it graduates to the Rogue.There's nothing decent to buy on the market for normal money. Not a damn thing interests me at all.