Unlike in the past, when a car was thought to be a luxury, owning a car is now regarded as a necessity. But that doesn’t meant that you can’t ride in style, and a car that looks stunning today could very well become a classic in the next 10 years. Part of what will make what you own today a classic is availability, so hold on to and take care of those models that you think might appeal to a collector.
Here is a list of 12 cars that we think will become classics in the near future.
Pontiac Solstice Coupe
The Pontiac Solstice Coupe has a relatively small cabin that’s designed to only accommodate the driver and one passenger. Besides that, the car has limited storage space. However, the manufacturer compensated for these shortcomings by including a removable roof. The roof allows the driver and the passenger to enjoy a cool breeze or sunlight while cruising on the road.
Since the car only measures 5.6 cubic feet, it can literally fit into any parking space. Since the car comes with a single rear drive train, you can readily tell that it’s not to be used when visiting the countryside. The car features a 2.4-liter engine that’s capable of generating 174 horsepower. It actually takes just 6 seconds for the car to reach 60mph.
Pontiac gives you the option of choosing between 5-speed automatic transmission and 5 gear manual transmission. The car features an internal AC system that lets you tame high temperatures in the cabin. On top of that, you can raise and lower the windows regardless of whether the engine is turned on or off. This is because the windows are operated manually.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is a great soon-to-be-classic car that comes with two doors and is designed to be an entertaining ride. The car features spoked rims that make it stand out from a distance. Besides that, the car only offers 6 gear manual transmission. Otherwise, the car is very fast because it’s equipped with an 8-plug, 5.2-liter engine that delivers 526 horsepower. The model comes with a magnetic car control feature that helps in avoiding colliding with other motorists. The downside is that the car doesn’t space for baggage at the back. Besides that, the roof is not designed to be convertible. You will also have to bear with high temperatures because the car doesn’t feature an AC.
The first model of the Mazda RX-8 was made in 2003 while the last was released into the market in 2012. The car runs on a Wankel rotary engine, which is a replacement for the piston engine. The car is highly recommended for families because it has the capacity of carrying four people, including the driver.
Although the car has a permanent roof, there are four doors that compensate for the unconvertible roof. You can, therefore, enjoy a cool breeze by lowering any of the four windows. The car comes with a 1.3-liter engine that produces 232 horsepower. If you are a hands-on driver, you can go for the 6-gear manual transmission. Those who prefer to drive hands free can pick the 6-speed automatic transmission.
The car runs on 19-inch alloy rims that are built to withstand rusting. Your comfort has been addressed by installing shock absorbers to guarantee a smooth ride. The seats are also cushioned with leather covers to make them gentle on your back. The car comes with front and side airbags for protecting the driver and passengers against impacts caused by accidents. There is also a tire pressure monitoring system that helps you know when the tires need to be refilled or replaced.
Dodge SRT Viper
The Dodge SRT Viper uses a rear drivetrain to accelerate itself forward and backward. The car is, therefore, best suited for tarmacked roads. The vehicle is designed to carry two people only, and that’s why it has two doors. You can bask in the sun or enjoy a cool breeze while in the car by simply folding the roof down. Since the car is convertible, you can open and close the roof effortlessly. The vehicle is equipped with a 10 cylinder, 8-liter engine that generates 450 horsepower when you step on the gas. On top of that, the engine is operated using an electrically controlled 6-gear manual transmission.
The Saab 9-5 is arguably the best alternative to German machines. In fact, that 9-5 has already entered into the league of the classics because the last car was sold back in 2005. With a sitting capacity of four people, you can use the car for any occasion. The car also comes with a spacious trunk that provides ample storage for keeping your valuables while traveling.
This model features chrome finish rims and headlights that are much smaller than those of the previous model. The seats are heavily padded for maximum comfort, and the four windows are designed to raised and lowered at the touch of a button.
The car comes with a 4 cylinder, 2.3-liter engine that produces 150 horsepower. The engine is also equipped with a 16-volt turbocharger that boosts its power to 260 BPH.
The car comes with child safety locks to prevent kids from opening the doors while it’s on the move. You also don’t need to worry about forgetting your turn signal when you want to make a turn because the side mirrors are fitted with indicator lights. Other safety features include an emergency trunk release, an automatic braking system, and front, side, and rear airbags.
Porsche Cayman Boxster Spyder
The Porsche Cayman Boxster Spyder is a car that’s designed for racing. There are just two seats that are reserved for the driver and the co-driver. The wing that’s installed on the rear is just another accessory that enhances the beauty of the car.
The seats are deliberately not padded so that they can be much lighter. And, in fact, this is not the only thing that Porsche has done to minimize the weight of the car. They have also skipped the radio and air conditioner. The doors are also constructed from aluminum because it’s lighter than other metals.
The car features a 24-valve flat-6 aluminum block and heads, with direct fuel injection. Transmissions of the engine are made via 7-speed dual-clutch automatic or 6-speed manual.
It’s amazing how a small car can carry a 2,000cc engine. The car runs on a 4 cylinder, 2.0-liter engine that guarantees 240 horsepower for unrivaled performance. Although the Honda S2000 comes with a 6-speed transmission system, you won’t need to worry about changing the gears because it moves automatically.
The car features a 2.0-liter VTEC engine that’s tailored for vigorous performance. The roof of the car is designed to open and close so that the occupants can bask in the sun or enjoy the breeze. The electric steering that makes it easy to make turns without the risk of veering off the road.
The downside is that the car can’t carry more than two people. The other shortcoming is that there is no space for keeping luggage.
The Chevrolet SS has been in production since 2014. For a start, the car features 5-people sitting capacity. The car pushes itself through the rear drive train, and the transmission of the car is available in 6-speed manual and automatic. Besides that, the V8 engine offers a power of up to 415 horsepower.
The magnetic ride control system is a safety feature lets you steer the car without the fear of colliding with other motorists. Moreover, the car is fitted with cameras at the rear and the front so that the driver can better see any obstructions.
You can also browse the internet while inside the car thanks to the Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connections.
The Nissan GT-R was first produced in 2007. The high-performance vehicle comes with no space for storing baggage because the car is meant for racing. Besides that, it features an engine that boasts 6 cylinders that have 4 valves each. Since the engine of this Japanese machine is turbocharged, the 3.8-liter engine can produce up to 560bhp.
Other notable features of the car include power steering, an antilock braking system, automatic climate control, airbags for driver and passenger, alloy wheels, front power windows, air conditioner, and front fog lights.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
The Mercedes Benz C63 AMG needs no introduction. The car comes with plenty of space in the trunk for keeping your stuff while on the move. It also features a sitting capacity for up to 5 people, including the driver.
The engine of the car consumes 6.2 liters of fuel to generate 451 horsepower. Besides that, the car is fitted with alloy wheels that are paired with an automatic braking system. Since the car comes with an air conditioner, you’re sure to enjoy a comfortable ride, and the sunroof is there when you want to bask in the rays.
Other notable features include an automatic engine transmission, AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth, lane departure warnings, a built-in navigation system, parking sensors and mirrors, front, side and overhead airbags, a smart key, leather seats, and power locks and windows.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
This Ford F-150 pickup truck allows you to carry as many people as you wish without compromising on your need to carry bulky loads. The truck can actually withstand any terrain, meaning you don’t have to limit yourself to the pavement. In fact, you can enjoy a smooth cruise even on muddy roads because the vehicle is equipped with 4-wheel drive like you would expect. However, the 4WD is designed to be part-time to help you save money on gas.
The truck comes with five seats in the double cabin to allow you to carry several passengers at a go. It runs on a 6.2-liter engine that produces 450 horsepower that enhances its endurance. The headlights switch themselves off and on, and there are four doors for easy entry and exit. The rear windows come fixed, but the driver and front passenger window are raised at the press of a button.
BMW 1-Series M Coupe
Manufactured in 2011, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe was supposed to be a limited edition of just 3,000 cars. However, the increase in demand pushed BMW to double the number. The car features 19-inch allow wheels and comes with a 6-cylinder, 3.0-liter engine that offers 340 horsepower.
The M Coupe can carry five people comfortably, and the seats are padded to guarantee everyone’s comfort during long journeys. The trunk is roomy enough to let you carry the basic stuff that you might need when traveling.
What to Look for in a Classic Car
Knowing what will be a classic car isn’t as difficult as you might think. Simply consider what appeals to collectors: unique style or features, limited runs, durability, respected manufacturers. If you have a high-quality car that’s a little different or was the pinnacle of a model type and was only available for a short time, the chances are high that you have a soon-to-be-classic on your hands.