30 Late-Model Cars Destined to Become Classics
Nothing beats the quality of the classic-car market. Sure, there are many models today that are superb in terms of design and tech, but the classic-car market is always pricy and with a good reason. Who wouldn’t love to own a 1957 Chevy Bel Air or 1968 Ford Fastback Mustang GT, right? These models are always popular.
However, with fast car production, and fast technology development new-car market delivers some mind-blowing models that are here to last, or to become new classic models. Check this list to see models that will define the next generation of collector cars.
30. BMW 1-Series M Coupe
BMW knows how to make great cars. This German brand gives its best to deliver style, performance, and comfort in every single car. The BMW 1 Series M Coupe (often referred to as the “1M”) is no exception.
The very heart of this line is its 3.0-liter straight six-cylinder petrol engine, which has been further upgraded for M performance. There is no fake engine noise, and no electric power steering, but just a six-speed manual and a relatively trim, 3340-pound curb weight. 1M comes in three colors, orange, white, and black.
29. Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Not a truck person? That’s ok because you don’t have to be one to enjoy a great ride. After a single ride in Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, you would have only one conclusion, that this vehicle is a real badass. Did you know that Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is the first true high-performance off-road truck with a factory warranty? This car was first introduced to the public in 2010, and it took only four years to become one of the most popular truck cars ever.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was created to pound easily and fast across the desert, and look meaner on the road. This model is a beast on the road with twin-turbo V-6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission, next to at least 450 horsepower. Not only that this vehicle is great on the road and packed with various driving features, but it also comes with impressive off-road equipment.
28. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is a high-performance vehicle that delivers power and maneuverability. It goes from zero to sixty miles per hour in a mere 3.9 seconds. The top speed has been set at 155 mph, although this car can reach up to 174 miles per hour.
The Mercedes C63 AMC is a luxury car, made for the comfort and enjoyment of both driver and its passengers. This model comes with a 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine, meaning that it’s powerful enough for almost any road.
27. Nissan GT-R
The Nissan GT-R is a supercar taht has been updated for over 10 years. The best part here is that no matter how much the vehicle was upgraded the price remained almost the same. The Nissan GT-R is powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine that pumps out 565 or 600 horsepower depending on which model you choose.
Powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine that pumps out 565 or 600 horsepower depending on which model you choose. All-wheel drive is standard, and exterior styling may appeal to everyone, because from certain angles it may seem robust. Still, this doesn’t stop this car from being the supercar that easily makes any driver looking incredible on a track.
26. Chevrolet SS
Chevy SS or ‘super sport’ is a great car with high-performance. This car isn’t for everyone, but for very specific buyers. In fact, the SS is ideal for those who love and need space beyond the front seats.
It also has more trunk space than two-door sports cars like the Camaro and Ford Mustang. Chevrolet SS is a rear-wheel-drive sports car powered by 400-plus horsepower. This model has a traditional form, buyers love it, and this model is here to stay.
25. Pontiac G8 GXP
The Pontiac G8 GXP is a six-speed automatic that can reach 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 4.5 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 13.0 seconds at 109.6 mph (176.4 km/h), and 0.90g (8.8 m/s2) of lateral acceleration on a skidpad.
Many compare this model with Chevy SS without knowing the main difference. The main difference is that the GT has a 6.0L engine and the GXP 6.2L, it has an extra 80 HP, and GXP being cozier.
24. Honda S2000
The Honda S2000 is a perfect choice for those who love to feel the wind and how fast the car really is. This open-top sports car was manufactured by Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda, from 1999 to 2009, and even today is oen of the most appreciated sports cars ever. Moreover, it seems as if everyone loved Honda S2000.
The Honda S2000 was named for its initial 2000-cc engine displacement and is considered to be one of the best driver’s cars ever built, packed with oen of the greatest engines of all time. This vehicle is strong, free-flowing, and by many described as an ultimate car with samurai sharpness.
23. Porsche Cayman R
The Porsche Cayman R immediately pops up thanks to its unique design. No matter where this car might be parked, it will be noticed. Some would say that this car is virtually unmatched, while others claim that the original design adds to its sharpness.
With engine types of DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block, and heads, direct fuel injection this car usually costs around $67,000. For that price, you are getting a reliable car.
22. Boxster Spyder
For years the Porsche Boxster was known as the ‘poor mans Porsche’ only to reach completely another level. Today, the Boxster Spyder is one of the most striking options on the car market.
With the unbelievable price of around $800,000, the Boxster Spyder is one of the luxurious cars taht one could own ever. This car offers excellent handling, a well-designed interior, and high-quality materials.
21. Saab 9-5
When car collectors gather in 2030, can we expect to see Saab 9-5 next to Porsche, Camaro, and Ferrari? Well, this will come down to personal preferences. The first generation was presented in 1997, while the second generation was presented in 2009. Now, many may ask are collectors really taking this car as a unique vehicle and the answer is yes.
This car is safe and comfortable and it improves over the years. This car is even used by Swedish police, and if they can roll it to keep the streets safe it should be safe enough for you as well.
20. SRT Viper
In 2015, the SRT Viper has renamed the Dodge Viper, and its engine was upgraded to a maximum output of 645hp. For many, this is a supercar with a strong expression, great design, and one-of-a-kind American touch.
For around $90,000 this car could be parking in your garage. As of 2017, this car was even illegal to sell, until side-curtain airbags were installed. Safety comes first.
19. Mazda RX-8
The Mazda RX-8 was introduced in 2003 and was immediately described as a hard-core and turbocharged vehicle. With 238 horsepower and a naturally aspirated “Renesis” version of the two-rotor Wankel, the Mazda RX-8 is a strong car.
The Mazda RX-8 engine can last for 60,000 miles, which is why you should keep maintenance on your mind when getting this car. This is the main reason why many look at this car as unreliable.
18. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
Sometimes it’s enough to say Shelby, and people will know that you are in fact talking about Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. Shelby and Mustang are linked from day one and it was an instant classic.
The GT350 itself is a machine-beast, powered by a screaming 5.2-liter flat-crank V-8 with 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, while a six-speed manual is a sole transmission. It also has amazing ride control, huge brakes, and enables that feeling as if you were on a racetrack. So far, the Shelby GT350 could be considered the best Mustang in history.
17. Pontiac Solstice Coupe
Back in 2002 at the Detroit auto show, the Pontiac Solstice was a smashing hit. Everyone was in love with this car, and people talked about it months after. It was shown both in coupe and roadster form, and Roadstar went into production in late 2005.
However, the coupe, a Pontiac only, wouldn’t arrive until 2009—just in time for GM’s bankruptcy. luckily, this car survived bankruptcy, and people can enjoy its design, a tight cabin, and smooth ride.
16. Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible
Did you know that Chevy makes a Z06 convertible now? However, during the run of the C6, engineers expressed their fear of Z06’s aluminum chassis rails weren’t stiff enough, which is why they opted for 427.
As planned, the 427 got the regular Corvette’s steel chassis and wasn’t called a Z06. Instead, it kept stonking powerplant, amazing LS7 V-8 (which actually displaces 428 cubic inches). To get this car today you should have on the side $170,000.
15. Subaru WRX STI Hatchback
Subaru WRX STI Hatchback is a great choice for those who love sports cars and roadsters. The third generation of this car premiered in 2007, and ever since it has ruled the world of the modern car market.
The asking price is never under $35,000 as it was in 2008. Still, it seems that Americans really enjoy this car, because many car collectors have their eye on this vehicle.
14. Audi TT RS
Audi TT RS comes with Audi’s high-performance. world-class design, and vivid (some would say aggressive) exterior. This car also holds an unusual engine: a turbocharged inline five-cylinder, with amazing sound.
Audi TT RS is definitely a collector’s item with a short model tun, approachable limits, and everyday livability. Plus, it really looks aggressive and expensive, which only adds to popularity.
13. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a fact car, going from 60 mph to 203 mph in just 3.4 seconds. At first glance, it seems that this car was created to please the eye and not to deliver the fast car.
However, this car was created to bring pleasure on the road. Owning this car might cost you only $60,000 but in a charity auction, one of the first models was sold for an amazing $825,000. Not too bad for a car from the ’80, right?
12. Lotus Elise
There aren’t enough words to describe what the Lotus Elise is and what it has to offer. In short, it’s a driving icon and industry benchmark. It’s now been a quarter of a century since Lotus first introduced the Elise, and it’s fair to say that this single car defined the entire Lotus appearance and brand.
And it first appeared in 1996. The Lotus Elise comes with maximum driver involvement, amazing styling, and more than a reasonable price tag. All in, this car is a dream car of many car collectors.
11. Lotus Exige
The Lotus Exige is a British two-door and two-seas sports car made by famous Lotus Cars. They first appeared in 2010 and ever since people loved it. This car is light with a heavyweight punch and by many the greatest ‘tracks and back’ car.
All in, the Lotus Exige is a flawlessly engineered sports car. The Lotus Exige comes with the 1.8-liter engine and even if it’s not one of the fasters cars today, it’s definitely one of the strongest. Overall, this car is fun, appealing in the eye, and charismatics.
10. Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is one of the most popular vehicles in Europe. Moreover, the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is the number one choice for wagon-loving Europeans, and a significant number of Americans.
Did you know that the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon was only made for the 2011-2014 model years? This is one of the major reasons why this car will be a part of future car collections. Features are what makes this car so unique: a 556-hp supercharged V-8, the aforementioned rear-wheel drive, magnetorheological dampers, Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires.
9. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is inspired by rally rides and rally vehicles. Even today this car holds its value. Many claims that this is still possible thanks to the Fast and Furious movie franchise’s popularity.
Furthermore, many claim that this is the main reason why it’s so hard to find this model, nowadays. If you maintain it right, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution can be a reliable performance car. Owning this car will cost you additional money, and it’s the main reason why Mitsubishi stopped making it – buyers want practical, reliable, and economical cars.
8. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Ford is the ultimate American car brand. In fact, Ford was the very first American carmaker to present the retro-looking Mustang. This line was so successful that even the fifth generation of Mustang still has the archaic live rear axle.
The Z/28 model features a high-performance 7.0 L LS7 V8 engine that produces 505 hp (377 kW). This car was so carefully designed that it can easily out-handle some of the finest European sports cars.
7. Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin stands for class and elegance. Back in the 2000s, Aston Martin introduced the fantastic Vintage. At the time, it was an entry-level model with a V8 engine they designed to compete with the Porsche 911. It also has more than enough power from its 4.3-liter V8. The Vantage was an instant hit, highly popular and in demand.
This massive success inspired engineered to think further and installed the mighty V12 engine from the top-of-the-line DBS model. The V12 engine with 510 HP totally transformed the nature of this ultimately compact sports car. This vehicle is one of the last old-school sports cars and definitely a future classic.
6. Lexus LFA
The Lexus LFA is an attempt of Lexus to create a luxurious car. They needed an ultimate ride that will show the world what they are capable of. LFA is the result of their efforts to create the ultimate sport and luxurious model that no one will be able to match. Therefore, in 2010 the LFA was born. The heart of the new super capable sports car was a 4.3-liter V10 engine that produced 560 HP.
This power went to a six-speed robotized automatic transmission that shifted fast and accurately. The rest of the car was enhanced with great components, innovative materials, and perfect craftsmanship. From day one, this car is extremely expensive but worth every penny.
5. Alfa Romeo 4C
Alfa Romeo needed a car that will make others look at them. They need a ‘halo car,’ a car that will have limited production, and push car enthusiasts to purchase it. Therefore, Alfa Romeo 4D was born as a limited model. This was a supercar with a carbon-fiber tub, lightweight construction, cramped interior, and four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
The goal with this car was to make it as light as possible, which is why there are no power steering components and luxury items. The final result was a little super sports cat with weights under 1000 kg, making there no need for power steering. Impressive!
4. Ford Mustang Boss 302
Americans love retro Mustang vehicles. They are classy, have amazing designs, and bring up the memories of better days. Originally, Ford didn’t plan to bring back this model, but fans asked for it. Like a true leader, Ford decided to listen to their customers and make their wishes come true.
So, 43 years after its first appearance, Ford reintroduced the Boss 302 with a new 5.0-liter Coyote V8. It delivered 444 HP and 380 lb-ft of torque. As expected, the performance was better than a regular Mustang GT. The 2012 Boss 302 could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.97 seconds and top 155 mph. A true racing car.
3. Chevrolet SSR
In the early 2000s, everything was about retro design. Introducing new cars with classic shapes was everything. Simply said, anything retro guaranteed success. Therefore, Chevrolet thought it would be an amazing idea to present a retro-styled truck with a sporty feel.
Thats how Chevrolet SSR was born. Sure, it sounded like a crazy idea, but it was an instant success as well because people loved this model. Plus, the Chevrolet SSR looked cool. It looked so cool that people ignored performance that wasn’t impressive.
2. Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
CrossCabriolet is so unusual car when it comes to the appearance that it will end up in a collectors garage without a doubt. The idea behind presenting this car was pretty clear – Nissan wanted to offer something that would follow that SUVs popularity, but also add a bit of personalized touch. Moreover, they wanted to go a step further and present a convertible SUV.
In short, it was planned to have all the advantages of an SUV in terms of ride height, comfort, and usability, with the luxury and open-air feel of a convertible. Sadly, the market wasn’t ready for this car at the time.
1. Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
It seems that Chevrolet loves to hear their buyer’s desires because Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport was produced as a result of specific needs. Chevrolet realized that the z06 was too much and that not everyone could deal with it, so they decided to make an interesting hybrid model.
That’s how the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport was born. The modern Grand Sport has a 460 HP engine from a regular Corvette with a wide-body and track from the Z06. The combination was a true success. Plus, the Chevrolet managed to retain the dramatic looks of the Z06.