Future Collector Cars


Today marks the first day of the annual Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. There will be almost 2,000 classic cars sold under the big tent over the next week for outrageous sums of money. The sale led classic car businessman McKeel Hagerty to come up with his top 10 list of new cars that should be hot future collectibles. We’re not entirely sure on how he came up with the list, but he seems to have excluded the all-important exclusivity factor of some special trims. Check out Haggerty’s list and one we whipped up in five minutes, and tell us what you think in the comments. Remember, even the most expensive new car we list probably costs less than most of those on the block at Barrett-Jackson, plus they come with a warranty.

Hagerty’s Hot List

  • Toyota FJ Cruiser
  • Mini Cooper
  • Lotus Elise
  • Dodge Viper
  • Acura NSX
  • Toyota Scion
  • Audi TT
  • Jaguar XK
  • Chrysler 300
  • Smart Car

KickingTires 5-Minute List

  • Ford GT500
  • Corvette Z06
  • Mini Cooper John Cooper Works/GP
  • Pontiac Solstice GXP
  • BMW M5
  • VW GTI
  • Toyota FJ Cruiser TRD
  • Dodge Charger R/T Daytona
  • Cadillac XLR
  • Honda Civic Si
By David Thomas | January 16, 2007 | Comments (20)
Tags: Pop Culture


V to the Lopez

what is a toyota scion? and I hardly believe that a FJ cruiser will be desired later in life...I see the solstice gxp and the saturn red line being a top contender though.

Toyota Troll

Looks like they forgot the Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Avalon, Yaris, Highlander, RAV4, Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, and Sienna, as well as the entire Lexus lineup.


The two cars I disagree with on respective lists include the 300 and the Civic Si. Maybe the 300C, (not the 2.7 liter 300), but everyone has one and it's mass produced. And why would a Civic Si be a collector car?

Overall, I think your list is better. But, I think a WRX STi should replace the Civic Si.

I see your point and there's a reason that was my last one on the list. I thought of the Evo or STI but then thought how poorly they'd hold up if they were driven hard.

I thought the NSX was already a collectors car.


Lopez your seriously pissing me and the mojaority of other people off. You can't honestly believe the Solstice AND Sky will be collectors cars. Overall I think my list would include...

in no specific order...

1. Mitsubishi Evo MR (a huge cult following)
2. Subaru Impreza WRX STi (same as above)
3. BMW M6 (i'm not 100 sure about this one)
4. Dodge Viper (Cult Classic)
5. Mini Cooper (no brainer)
6. Jaguar XK (Jag's historical revival car)
7. Audi TT (styling icon)
8. Mazda RX-8 (among younger generation)
9. Aston Martins (all of them are stunning show cars)
10. Lotus Elise (exclusive and pure)

angry lopez

mind your damn business its my OPINION! im allowed to have it! I just don't believe a unreliable RX8 should be on the list...people are having problems now, much less in the future! (flooding anyone?) the solstice was a breakthrough design (and it was on the apprentice if that is something, very popular car, especially with dealers marking up prices and the majority of GXP is factory order only) and the sky is the beginning of the revolution of saturn, it has changed alot of public perception of the brand. They are like icon cars (or "halo" cars)

oh and i believe that corvette trumps viper, especially the z06

I don't think Lopez was that far off in his original opinion. He certainly wasn't being a troll ;)
The RX-8 despite being a horrible car in the shop has some special editions that make it a bit more interesting than some of the others. In the end if anyone puts out a limited number/edition it'll get more $ down the road.


Infiniti FX45. First sporty crossover. Styling has influcenced all crossovers since.

They sell more Bentley Continental GTs than the FX45! Less than 2,000 per year.


I'm 19, but I already know that my midlife crisis car is going to be a 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima. Why shouldn't the world's first 4DSC be a classic as well?


I've noticed all of your comments in other blogs and it's ridiculous how racist you are. The Corvette is NOT a PURE collector car. They are becoming WAYY too common. That's why its price is killing it's value. If they raised it about $10k the thing would have made it on my list. Exclusivity is a big factor in my list. The reason the Sky never made it to my list is because it's an OPEL/VAUXHALL. It's not an american revolution. More like a European one. and the Solstice... ha i can't get enough of how much you love this car. Around the world this car is a blip nothing more. The Miata.. sorry, MX-5 is so much more of an icon. The Solstice wouldn't exist if it wasn't for that car. I really don;t need to defend myself against you. But I will cause you're probably gonna call your mommy or whatever and cry cus a 17 y/o is "picking on you". So the Evo MR and STi already world rally icons, fantastic cars inside and out and both revolutionary. RX-8 just like the RX-7 are both tuner icons and are a key technological improvement. Sorry your Ford buddies were dee dee dee and got rid of them. Lazy Americans. Ha I'm sounding just like you =] The only other car i really need to defend is the M6 but you should have gone all racist against those germans on that one cause I changed my mind and the M5 would fit much better. A high class sport sedan. On of the first with so much power and handling. Germans can engineer. And please don't even mention the CTS-V. that BLS crap in Europe doesn't even phase them and they're pure drivers. The next CTS-V or even the first won't count for crap anywhere else in the world. The BMW did. Go their and find out before you judge. I've lived here, I've been there and comparing the people they know MUCH MORE about cars. Hell, that's where i learned it from =]

Have a nice day Cry Baby Lopez.


i'd have to say the mx5 is a definate to go on the list for obvious reasons, look at the old ones people love them and they hold up so well for thier age if maintained.

and the comments about the rx8, i think it could make it on to the list because of the styling design being different (suicide doors) and I don't know why you would make such a fuss about needing to maintain such a car (even if you do think them to be unreliable)

Look at the old mini! they were a P.O.S but heck of a fun car, and needed probably more tender loving care than your partners get! Think about it..you couldnt even park these cars facing the beach because sand would clog the radiator.

Proud Lopez

Alright, first off, I don't understand why Administrative Actions are not taking against Tom's remarks considering it doesn't relate to what the blog's purpose (I've seen it done :-|)to discuss cars and not bash others for opinions.

How Am I racist that I like the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky? Racist as in good design taste? I don't go for the bland styling of a MIATA.

On the Saturn note, If you read what I posted correctly, you will notice that it says it is "a revolution for SATURN" not an "American Revolution" And the saturn may be based on the opel platform, which is not a problem, but it is on the Kappa rear wheel drive platform that the solstice is also on. :-)

The Pontiac Solstice has many dealers marking up the MSRP because they are in such a high demand (ya know, it's a LIMITED PRODUCTION CAR) and the GXP you have to wait 8-12 weeks because the factory will not build without a name on the title, unless you are one of the lucky ones to find one on the dealership, but then again, the markup on the window sticker. Even the Saturn Sky has suffered from this, there was even a post on here about it! (since saturn is all about no haggle pricing)

You may not like America, or the American based companies, which shows, but I am proud of my country and I am a GM fan, Im proud to be an AMERICAN.


Yes to the civic si if you mean the 99-2000 model. The current si depends on production. But, the Mugen sedan will be and so will a possible civic type r.

The vw GTI if you mean the R32, others remain to be seen.

wrx Sti and evos, yes

Atlanta Mopar Man

Interesting list, but I thought that what makes a car collectible is rarity within a fairly large production line.

I have what most folks may think is a dog, but I think that down the line it's got some potential.

I have a 1992 LeBaron GTC 2.5 Turbo 5 speed convertible. It's one of less than 235 made that year with that engine/tranny combo out of a production of about 46,000. Only 462 Convertibles had the 2.5 Turbo. It was built at the Newark Delaware plant, had the new tailight design with the hidden headlights( only year for that design combo) , 1st year for ABS. I'm pretty sure that only 500 5 speeds were built that year with the balance of them having the Mitsubishi V6.

My car is firemist red clearcoat and still turns heads. I'think I'll keep it for a while and see what happens.



Thanks, I needed that!

What are the most wanted classic cars?

RX8 Fan

I was really upset by all the terrible RX8 comments. In my opinion I think this car should be in the top 10 future collector list. Yes you do have to baby it, and sure it sometimes floods but that gives it personality. She needs to be warmed up and she needs her oil checked, but when you take care of her she is a dream to drive. Her unique sound, beautiful looks and 4 door funtunalitly should have her on this list.


So the in-absolutely-no-way-unique-or-exceptional Toyota-built Scions are on the list but the 2003 Dodge SRT-4 isn't? Really guys? Limited production and still-unequalled performance from the very first car out of Dodge's SRT skunkworks division doesn't do it for you, huh?

Atlanta Mopar Man

So I kept my 1992 Lebaron GTC 2.5 Liter Turbo 5-Speed Convertible after all. I got laughed at on the board by jyd above...(No doubt he probably drives a Camry or Accord) Guess what??? There were only 235 made in 1992. The car, in Radiant Red Firemist, still turns heads. Even though it's in great condition, for its 21st anniversary with me, I'm giving her a new top and a proper repaint. It runs as good and and fast as when I brought it home new from the dealer, and the kids love going to get ice cream in it....She's definitely a keeper. It's the best summer driver that I'll ever have. Besides, I've noticed that the prices on these cars, if you can even find a 2.5L 5-speed for sale, are creeping up considerably.

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