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Old 01-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Those of us who’ve driving long enough will likely recall “the one that got away,” the Jaguar E-Type or split-window Chevrolet Corvette that we coulda-shoulda hung onto because today it’s a hot ticket on the collector car circuit.

But what about the cars on the road today? Are there some models that are more likely to become collectible than others a couple decades from now? Absolutely, says our friend McKeel Hagerty, the head of collector car insurance specialists Hagerty Insurance and a go-to guy when it comes to spotting classic car trends in the making

The fact is that those trends are rapidly evolving, and what one generation considers hot the next generation might not. The trend in recent years has been favoring muscle cars and other ‘60s classics, but, as we recently reported on TheDetroitBureau.com, three new segments to watch are classic pickups, early Japanese imports, like the original Honda S800, and classic motorcycles.

But what are the cars you can buy today and count on being collectible tomorrow? The Hot List may surprise you.


A car to "lovingly keep," the newest version of the timeless Porsche 911.

The reality is that lower-volume cars and high-performance models have traditionally been more desirable, no surprise, though there aren’t many of us who can afford that new Ferrari or Bentley Supersports. But in his annual “Hot List,” Hagerty comes up with 10 models that are both reasonably affordable now – and likely to gain value over the long-term.

What’s significant is that a full half of them are domestics – 11 if you include the the new Fiat Abarth, since the Italian maker is now partners with Chrysler and producing its 500 line-up in North America. That includes both the relatively limited-production Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition –at position number 2, and ranked number 1 — the more mainstream Buick Regal GS, a model that’s been drawing strong praise since its launch last autumn.

“It’s been quite a long time since we could say, ‘that isn’t your grandfather’s Buick,’” jokes Hagerty.

Only one Japanese model makes this year’s Hot List, the Nissan GR-R Black Edition.


The Nissan GT-R Black Edition, the only Japanese model on the Hagerty Hot List.

There are three European models – four with the Abarth — ranging from the $22,000 Fiat, in position 4, to the 6th-ranked, seventh-generation Porsche 911, at $82,100.

Collectively, predicts Hagerty, “This year’s Hot List includes cars that are sure to develop a cult-like following because their characteristics resonate with driving enthusiasts.”

The full list in rank, with prices and Hagerty’s reasons to buy:
1) Buick Regal, $32,535. Buick, he says, “is doing it with the Regal GS”;

2) Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition, $48,100. “A beast on the track, yet tame enough to drive on the street”;

3) Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, $61,785. “Rugged, go-anywhere looks” but “performance characteristics that would earn respect on a race track”;

4) Fiat 500 Abarth, $22,000. “Small but wicked,” and already having buyers lining up;

5) Volkswagen Golf R, $36,000. A “pocket rocket…geared towards someone who enjoys driving”;

6) Porsche 911, $82,100. A car to buy now and lovingly keep, “holding its value over the long-term”;

7) Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, $54,095. “Old school muscle is alive and well”;

8) Nissan GTR Black Edition, $95,100. The car that today’s young
videogamers will crave “years down the road after their student loans are paid off”;

9) Dodge Charger SRT8, $46,795. Won over by the “performance pages” on the video display that constantly update driver on performance;

10) Audi TT RS, $56,850. “A car with global appeal (that will keep) global demand several decades down the road.”

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Old 01-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #2
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The Buick Regal?
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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I agree with the Boss 302 Laguna Seca, ZL1, and GT-R inclusion, but the rest of the list won't hold its value, imo, far from appreciating in absolute terms (or beating inflation )…
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:41 PM   #4
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That's totally on point.

Historically, turbo Buicks have done very well at holding their value.

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Old 01-30-2012, 09:55 PM   #5
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That's totally on point.

Historically, turbo Buicks have done very well at holding their value.

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Yeah... well... not that one. It's just another example in the ever increasingly popular "replace the V6 with a turbo 4 for better mileage" philosophy. Hyundai is doing it, GM is doing it, Ford is doing it, many more will follow. The historical turbo Buicks were beastly vehicles, which is why they held a lot of value to enthusiasts. This car, while a great car, won't be much more than a footnote in Buick history... from when "GM started to turn Buick around". It won't appreciate.

Half the list is questionable as well, as others mentioned.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:41 AM   #6
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The Boss or the ZL1 won't be collectors items if Ford/Chevy comes up with more powerful editions next year.
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If they would have brought over the turbo v-6 thats in the Opel Insignia VRX than that one would be a collectors car.
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Old 01-31-2012, 03:07 PM   #8
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Yeah... well... not that one. It's just another example in the ever increasingly popular "replace the V6 with a turbo 4 for better mileage" philosophy. Hyundai is doing it, GM is doing it, Ford is doing it, many more will follow. The historical turbo Buicks were beastly vehicles, which is why they held a lot of value to enthusiasts. This car, while a great car, won't be much more than a footnote in Buick history... from when "GM started to turn Buick around". It won't appreciate.

Half the list is questionable as well, as others mentioned.
Until recently, turbo Buicks (LC2 cars), never received recognition except for a select few. I owned an '87 GN for ten years and not until '06ish did people start to not refer to it as a Monte Carlo SS or knock it for not being a V8.
The less known T-Type is also holding its value very well. Which is where the new GS is; not many people know about it; it's not going to be around that long (unless 'merica takes to a manual, turbo buick); and it's very unique. The key points to a future collector car.

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Until recently, turbo Buicks (LC2 cars), never received recognition except for a select few. I owned an '87 GN for ten years and not until '06ish did people start to not refer to it as a Monte Carlo SS or knock it for not being a V8.
The less known T-Type is also holding its value very well. Which is where the new GS is; not many people know about it; it's not going to be around that long (unless 'merica takes to a manual, turbo buick); and it's very unique. The key points to a future collector car.

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Again though, RWD, performance, and modding credentials are key to why anybody 25 years later even cares about them. GN's were known for being nearly as fast as the equivalent year Corvette, and strip monsters when properly outfitted. You don't see the same demand for regular Regals of the time, and what little is there is for people hoping to swap one. This is a FWD family sedan with a decent suspension and manual. They likely won't be as rare as cars like the GNX either. You would have been right, had they brought the AWD 2.8T OPC over here, but they didn't.

No, I would remove this from the list and nominate the Solstice Coupe GXP in it's place. Now *that* car is gonna appreciate.

Edit: Well, it looks like this list is for current cars, so maybe the Solstice Coupe wouldn't fit. But then the ZL1 isn't out yet, so I digress. I kick the Buick off the list for the CTS-V.

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The Boss or the ZL1 won't be collectors items if Ford/Chevy comes up with more powerful editions next year.
first year cars are always desirable
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1. No
4. No
5. No
6. No
7. No
9. No

Other than that, a great list.
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There is something strange going on lately in the collector car world. There is one big factor you cannot leave out. The Barrett Jackson Factor. They have moved from just a big auction, to a company that creates the perception of value. The hype surrounding that show is just crazy, and I fully believe they could sell a Chrysler K car for 45000 dollars, after they got Chrysler exects in there and put Richard Petty on the stage with it. They drive the muscle car market to places it really has no business going. Then Jo Blow hears that a 75 Z28 sold for 55000 dollars at an auction and his rust bucket all of a sudden is worth an extra 10 grand.

I really believe that people still pick the most desirable collector cars themselves, but the auction houses are starting to choose the winners for you. Create value where maybe there should be none.

Common place vipers and vettes are going to mad money at Barrett Jackson right now.

It is just a crazy exciting world the collector car market.

Another crazy outcome, is a modified 280Z was bid up to 45000 dollars at MECUM, and the lady did not sell it as her reserve is higher!!!! Now me having a 240Z means this should be good news, as 240Zs are always higher priced than the 280Zs. But that result just upped the price of every 280Z in the country.

Auction results are very much like legal precedents.
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Scrappy is on point. After attending the Scottsdale auctions, I kicked myself for not listing my Viper (first year ACR, last year forged engine, no stripes, 1 of 81, etc) because standard cars were netting so much money.
The 10% mark up that all the auctions charge is completely worth it for the prices that are acquired.

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Again though, RWD, performance, and modding credentials are key to why anybody 25 years later even cares about them. GN's were known for being nearly as fast as the equivalent year Corvette, and strip monsters when properly outfitted. You don't see the same demand for regular Regals of the time, and what little is there is for people hoping to swap one. This is a FWD family sedan with a decent suspension and manual. They likely won't be as rare as cars like the GNX either. You would have been right, had they brought the AWD 2.8T OPC over here, but they didn't.

No, I would remove this from the list and nominate the Solstice Coupe GXP in it's place. Now *that* car is gonna appreciate.

Edit: Well, it looks like this list is for current cars, so maybe the Solstice Coupe wouldn't fit. But then the ZL1 isn't out yet, so I digress. I kick the Buick off the list for the CTS-V.
I'm not talking GN or GNX (which have done well), I'm talking about T-Types, TurboT. The cars that came with astro-roof, column shifters, bench seats. Standard cars with a hopped up engine. It doesn't matter what wheel drive it is. The car will still hold its value better than anything else in the category. The Allante and Reatta are doing well value wise and rock the FWD.

BTW, the '86/'87 Grand Nationals were faster than Corvettes ('84 may have been too, but I cannot remember). GNX was running with Callaway turbo Corvettes.

I agree, the Solstice coupe GXP will be a collector. Along with a manual G8. The CTSV should hold up well too.

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edit* don't forget about the turbo & Shelby K cars.

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