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April 20, 2024

Five Modern Cars Destined To Become Classics

by Rachael Everly –

Will your car become antique, vintage, classic or just plain old in let’s say twenty or more years?

Well, classic is a car that is the highest quality and is popular and is, of course, rare. Do you ever look at a vehicle for the first time and feel that they will fall into the “classics” category?

Mercedes 300SL Roadster

Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster

What’s interesting to note here is that classics are not just limited to high-end car manufacturers like Ferrari or Lamborghini. Remember, it’s not the badge that these vehicles wear but the right combination of balance, style, weight, power, comfort, and history that gives them a novelty.

If you are into classics and want to drive around in a vehicle that has some kind of history and helps you make a bold entrance on the roads, you must know it will surely come with a six or even seven-figure price tag. However, if you cannot afford such a car, there’s nothing to worry about. You can still fulfill your passion for owning a classic.

Nearly all cars are left behind and even forgotten as their newer models or variants hit the market. However, some vehicles stay in demand no matter how advanced, and impressive their latest versions are. So if you have the budget to buy a brand (or relatively) new car, you must consider the ones that will become the classics of the future.

Let’s take a look at five of the many modern day cars destined to become classics.

1. BMW 1-Series M Coupe

Long before the M badges became common on most BMW models, some models deserved to wear the badge. One of these rarer models was the 1-series M Coupe.

BMW 1-Series M Coupe

While BMW initially decided to build only 3000 of these for the entire world, it ended up producing more than 6300 due to the unexpected rise in demand. The 1-series M Couple appealed to car enthusiasts all over the world so much that BMW paused the production of other cars to meet the worldwide response.
While the car is not as eye-catching, stylish and even lightweight as other Coupes in the market, it still has a competitive edge over most.

With a 335 HP twin-turbo straight-six engine taken from the 335is and a rear differential from the E92 M3, the M Coupe offers an unmatched driving experience. What makes this car so unique and a potential future classic is the originality of a six-speed manual that allows the driver to take the car beyond limits.

Today, various new M cars come with more significant raw numbers, but there is nothing in the market that feels this special. You can get one with less than 50,000 miles on it for under 50 grand, so if you think you can afford it, I’d say go for it before the prices go up!

2. Nissan GT-R

The ultimate dream of, if not all, most car enthusiasts who grew up playing ‘car games’ on their gaming consoles was to own a Nissan GT-R33 or R34 one day. In the year 2008, it all became even better when the Nissan GT-R (or R35 or Godzilla as we all know it) was launched.

Nissan GT-R

With numbers unbeatable by supercars like Lamborghini Murciélago and 911 Turbo etc. and a menu screen developed by Polyphony Digital, the studio that created Gran Turismo, the less than $80,000 GT-R became the new dream.

The car initially came with a 3.8L V6 that produced more than 480 horsepower, but with newer updates, it makes as much as 600 horsepower. The R35 has been and will always be one of the most loved sports cars that share a history with Japan where it all began. Today, you can get your hands on a used yet well maintained one for less than $70,000.

3. Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG (2008-2015)

When it comes to packing huge numbers under the hood, unmatched luxury inside the cabin, a great deal of reliability, practicality, and class, no automobile manufacturer beats Mercedes. And since we are talking about future classics, there is always a place for the C63 AMG.

BMW 1-Series M Coupe

With a naturally aspirated M156 6.2L V8 that produces as much as 507 horsepower, the C63 AMG is one of the most brutally quick and brilliantly appealing models Mercedes has ever created. And surely, less than two decades from now, there would be more of AMGs and very less of good old M156 powered ones that not only are a treat for the eyes but also offer a wild yet pleasurable driving experience.

While the regular C63 AMG sedan and coupe, which pack between 451 and 481 horsepower, still secure a place in the list, try looking for the ultra-rare 507 edition.

4. Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

The days when people used trucks only for commercial purposes are long gone. Today, nearly all car manufacturers have come up with what is known as “luxury trucks” that people use for their daily commuting.

Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

While these trucks do serve as commercial vehicles, they also offer high-end luxury and all kinds of features available in an extravagant sedan. One of the most popular and, as we see it, a definite future classic is the Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor.

When launched in 2010, Raptor caught the attention of not only truckers but also those seeking a supreme level of luxury in the cars. This allowed the vehicle to become an instant hit in the automobile industry and in no time, the F-150 SVT Raptor became the most produced vehicle by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team.

The vehicle comes in both extended-cab and four-door crew-cab models with a 5.4-litre and a 6.2-litre V8 respectively. Moreover, the later models also come equipped with bead-lock wheels, Torsen front diffs and a lot more. What gives the Raptor a good chance of becoming a classic, however, is not just the advanced mechanical features but also the driving experience and quality build.

5. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

This list is incomplete without a real American muscle car. With a six-speed manual as its sole transmission and a 5.2L flat crank V8 that packs 429lb-ft of torque and 526 horsepower, the modern Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is badass you would not want to rev your tuned Civic at.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Hungry for imports, this Mustang wearing a Shelby badge is by far the best Mustangs ever built. And with exceptional reliability and advanced driving experience, the Shelby GT350 is definitely a car that would still make a noticeable and bold entrance on the roads in decades to come.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

THE AUTHOR: Rachael Everly is a passionate blogger who loves to write about trending topics particularly in the tech sector. She is a workaholic girl who just wants to drive perception of individuals through her writings and columns.

She is a featured author at various top notch blogs such as Forbes, Inman and others and is currently associated with All Around Moving Services Company, Inc. specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida for their blog operations. For all the updates follow her on Twitter @RachaelEverly.



Ferrari 250 GTO

Ferrari 250 GTO – Art by Wallace Wyss

Five Modern Cars Destined To Become Classics
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Five Modern Cars Destined To Become Classics
Do you ever look at a vehicle for the first time and feel that they will fall into the classics category? These five models just might be future classics.


  1. Colin Young says

    I’m a bit disappointed in the article. These cars are already classics. I was hoping for a few I wouldn’t have thought of.

  2. You’re on the right track with the 1-Series M, but why not go to the original car with the engine and enjoy the 335is ? Lovely twin turbo with 320 HP and even more torque, with a torque boost on heavy acceleration that is a kick in the backside. Sweet little six-speed manual, great steering feel, well planted, great visibility, four seats and enough room to use as a daily driver for almost everything. Lovely lines, no chrome, cool wheels, sweet rumble, a hoot and a half to drive. And a few years ago it was possible to find one with 15K miles for under $40K. Same low production numbers (6300 over three years) and since many were sold as folding tops and automatics, a coupe with a manual could be one of just a few hundred.

  3. Awesome post. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is my all time favorite car.

  4. Mark Fleege says

    Why aren’t the Iso’s on the list of rare collector cars?

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