QOTD: Future Classics?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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All hands seemed to enjoy the voting-style poll of last Monday’s QOTD, so let’s try it again. And, yes, if you flake on your choice you can change your selection.

Trying to determine The Next Big Thing in the collector car world is akin to fortune-telling tomorrow’s lottery numbers. Still, it doesn’t stop gearheads from pontificating on which vehicle will be the next to skyrocket in value. We have four choices for you today.

Without doubt, cars like the Fox-body Mustang and A80 Supra have already taken off into the stratosphere, so we won’t mention those. That ship has already sailed.

The fourth-gen Mercedes SL has always held a place with your author, thanks to a combination of teutonic styling and a general sense of gravitas. Known by M-B nerds as the R129, production of this SL technically spanned three decades — 1989 to 2002. Gonzo AMG versions are extremely rare, as are stickshift V6 versions which admittedly reside on the other end of the performance spectrum. After years of being able to pick one up for a (relative) song, I think these convertibles are poised to significantly go up in value. After all, when the valet asks “Which car is yours?” no one has ever regretted saying “Why, my dear man, it’s that big grey Mercedes.”

That’s my pick, but I’ll advance three more. Fox Mustangs are now trading for stupid money, so I believe the halo effect will cause the fabulous Lincoln Mark VII to experience a bump in value as well. Your author deeply regrets selling his 1989 during an ill-advised fleet reduction program.

For the same “halo” reason, Si versions of the fifth-gen Civic are likely to become more valuable, thanks to the money its distant ITR cousin is pulling. Rarity of examples in good nick plays a factor here, since most were either hacked up, hooned to death, or consumed by rust. Weirdo high-mpg VX models might have some appeal, too.

In keeping with the thought that buzz of a new model creates demand for old ones (*ahem Supra ahem*), I think the OJ-style Ford Bronco will soon start commanding as much or more money as the original version from the early ’70s. Check out that “Nite” trim in the hero image up top and tell me that’s not a tasty vehicle.

And, it goes without saying, buying a car solely to make money on it is a terrible idea. We should buy them to drive, not to hermetically seal. Which of these four is your pick for future Barrett-Jackson stardom?

[Image: Ford]
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  • DEVILLE88 DEVILLE88 on Feb 14, 2019

    The Bronco and the Lincoln are sure bets...........no doubt about it. The Honda will probably be based on it's original popularity and reliabilty then the love(if you want to call it that) that the youth have for it in later days. Sadly that same youth have rendered most Honda's useless because of all the mods that they do to these little gems(i had a 91 civic sedan and it's my favorite bar none)if there are any around in 20 years............they will be classics!!

  • DEVILLE88 DEVILLE88 on Feb 14, 2019

    oh and the Merc will be also just based on numbers produced only.

  • FreedMike One of the things that we here in North America often forget about Europe is that it's a COMPLETELY different world to drive in. Imagine driving in the downtown area of the city you live in 24/7, and never leaving it, and you have a decent simulation of what it's like to drive in a place like Paris, or London, or Rome - or Manhattan, for that matter. As far as the "dystopia" is concerned, I don't really see it that way. This isn't made for people living in the 'burbs - it's for urban dwellers. And for that application, this car would be about perfect. The big question is how successful the effort to provide large-scale EV charging in urban areas will be.
  • Matzel I am hoping that Vee-Dub will improve the UX and offer additional color options for the 2024 Mk8.5 refresh for Canada. Until then, I'll be quite happy with my '21 GTI performance pack. It still puts a smile on my face going through the twisty bits.
  • Stanley Steamer There have been other concepts with BYOT, that I have always thought was a great idea. Replacing bespoke parts is expensive. If I can plug in a standard 17" monitor to serve as my instrument panel, as well as speakers, radio, generic motors, batteries, I'm for it. Cheaper repair, replacement, or upgrade costs. Heck I'd even like to put in my own comfy seats. My house didn't come with a built in LaZboy. The irony is that omitting these bespoke items at the point of sale allows me to create a more bespoke car as a whole. It's hard to imagine what an empty rolling monocoque chassis would look like capable of having powertrains and accessories easily bolted on in my garage, but something like the Bollinger suv comes to mind.
  • Iam65689044 Sometimes I'm glad the French don't sell in America. This is one of those times.
  • SCE to AUX I was going to scoff, but the idea has some merit.The hard part would be keeping the weight and cost down. Even on the EPA cycle, this thing could probably get over 210 miles with that battery.But the cost - it's too tempting to bulk up the product for profits. What might start as a $22k car quickly becomes $30k.Resource-deprived people can't buy it then, anyway, and where will Kyle get the electricity to charge it in 2029 Los Angeles?