How can you predict whether the vehicle you own today will be considered a classic in the future? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a modern classic in your garage now that one day your kids and grandkids will want to claim? Well, there are several modern vehicles that have already achieved classic status and others that are predicted to become icons someday. Here’s our review of classic models and exactly how certain vehicles fall under the classics category.
What makes a car a classic?
Before considering which models will achieve classic status, it’s helpful to know how they get that name. Age is the most important factor because that is the ultimate definition of classic. What age a model reaches this status is often up for debate, and not all models over that age fit in this category.
Style is perhaps the second most important factor for determining classic status. They should stand out, be easily recognizable, and fit with the era in which they are made. Think about the Pontiac Trans Am of the 1980s or the Dodge Charger of…well, just about any year. These models stand out and are easily recognizable even by novices.
Condition is also important when determining if a specific vehicle is a classic. It should be in good condition or easily restored to fit the definition of an icon. You’ll also want to consider how rare the model is. A model that had only a few thousand made or was launched for just one or two years may become a classic.
Current modern classics
One model that has already achieved classic status is the Mercedes-Benz SL convertible, made for model years 1972 to 1989. It was a vehicle that had durability and was perfect for everyday driving. Among the muscle cars is the Datsun Z from 1970 to 1978, which offered the perfect combination of lightweight and power. Under the hood of this model as an inline-six engine to add a thrill to your drive.
While the Porsche 911 is at the top of most car enthusiasts lists as a classic, it’s cousin, the Porsche 928, is a little less well-known. With a V8 engine, you have the power you want while a little leather and luxury amenities inside provides a sophisticated and comfortable ride. This model is also more affordable for car collectors than the 911.
A surprise on your list of classics might be the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, but this model from 1988 to 1991 can command a higher price than the current reintroduction. With the ability to go off-road, the Wagoneer offered excitement and practicality.
Equipped a distinct look, the 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am achieved its claim to fame from Smokey and the Bandit and subsequent movies, TV shows, and music videos. With an eagle on the hood and unique lines, there was nothing quite like driving the Trans Am.
Modern models to be called classics
What about the vehicles still on the road today? Which ones have the potential to be labeled as classics? One you can put your bets on is the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The Corvette is one of the most iconic models ever made and it was the first Corvette to break the 200 mph barrier, easily putting it in the history books and claiming future classic status.
Porsche is always going to have a model listed among the iconic vehicles of all time. The Porsche Cayman GT4 and the Boxster Spyder are two modern models that are sure to be added in the future. As the first mass-produced hybrid, the Toyota Prius should easily achieve the label of classic. Many experts believe it is nostalgia that will win over enthusiasts.
Another modern sports car that is highly regarded is the Mazda Miata. The first generation was quite simple, which added to the charm of the model. Limited supply makes the BMW 1-Series M Coupe a competitor for the title of classic. Only about 740 units of the model were sold in the US. The rarity of this vehicle undoubtedly enhances its appeal.
Car enthusiast feature with BMW 1M Coupe:
Watch car fanatic, Adrian Miles, drive and reminisce on the performance and beauty that makes up this rare BMW breed.
Overall, picking out a future classic may not be at the center of your decision when buying a new car. But you just never know when your choice of ride might become a collector’s item someday.