As car enthusiasts, there’s little we enjoy more than scouring the classifieds for classics – daydreaming about what we can (or more likely, can’t) afford. But fast-forward 30 or 40 years and which current cars will be future petrolheads be lusting after? We think the following are dead-cert future classics – do you agree with our choices?
Alfa Romeo 4C
The 4C looks every inch the junior supercar, and its carbon fibre chassis means it won’t rust like classic Alfas of yore. Yes, a Porsche Cayman is sharper to drive, but the 240hp 4C feels more special – and will be a much rarer sight.
A decidedly old-school BMW, the M2 has a 370hp turbocharged six and a chassis that, well, likes to go sideways. It harks back to the original 1985 E30 M3 – now one of the fastest-appreciating classic cars of all.
Ford Focus RS
We know somebody who’s just bought a new Focus RS and put it straight into air-conditioned storage – so confident is he of the car’s future value. And while it seems criminal not to drive this epic 350hp hot hatch, we’ve no doubt it’s a cast-iron future classic.
The venerable Mazda has, in its earlier iterations, already become a classic. The latest Mk4 MX-5 doesn’t stray from the original formula: modest power, a lightweight roadster body and rear-wheel drive. It’s a car that will make enthusiasts smile – both now and in years to come.
Back to the future? The Morgan already looks like a car from the 1930s, and its hand-built retro charm will only grow with the passing years. Few cars will make you laugh out loud like a 3-Wheeler – even if you do get a few flies in your teeth in the process.
Porsche 911 R
Nothing screams ‘future classic’ like a limited-run Porsche. And with the same 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine as the GT3 RS and a manual gearbox, the 911 R has exactly the right ingredients to get enthusiasts excited.
Renaultsport Megane Cup-S
Visit the Nurburgring and you’ll mostly spot three types of car: Porsche 911s, BMW M3s and Renaultsport Meganes. The latter is one of the finest-handling front-wheel-drive cars ever made, and the run-out Cup-S special pictured here is set to be particularly collectible.
Tesla Model S
Even if there’s a huge breakthrough in battery technology, it’s hard to imagine a time when the performance of the Tesla Model S won’t be impressive. This all-electric luxury saloon can seat seven people, yet the quickest P90D version hits 62mph in 2.8 seconds. A genuinely groundbreaker.
At the other end of the spectrum, here’s a car to use up the world oil supplies – and have a lot of fun doing so. The Vauxhall VXR8 has a supercharged 6.2-litre V8, hits 62mph in 4.2 seconds and can destroy a pair of rear tyres even quicker than that. Just don’t mention the fuel economy.
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport
The Golf GTI Clubsport is a more hardcore proposition than the luxurious, four-wheel-drive Golf R. In stripped-out S spec, it’s also the fastest front-driven car around the Nurburgring. Such ’Ring records will come and go, but it’s a safe bet the uber-GTI will remain uber-desirable.