Little boys become men, but some things don’t change: they still love their cars. Whether they buy them out of passion, because they have a need for speed, as an expression of social status or as an investment, true collectors always seek the latest models to add to their collection, and luckily, the automobile industry hasn’t yet come to the end of its creativity in designing new, exciting models.
But what makes a car a collectible? It isn’t necessarily the price tag, its age or its maximum speed, but more that it displays a unique look that makes it stand out from the crowd design-wise and encompasses the spirit of a brand and lineage as well as representing the Zeitgeist.
So what are this year’s must-have collectible cars? Here they come:
Jaguar F-Type coupé: with celebrities present to is unveiling, this model had a golden start in life and was indubitably a triumph. The base model comes with a 340-horsepower V6 engine – not so basic – while the luxury version boasts a 550hp “R” version with a 5-liter V8 engine.
Alfa Romeo 4C: one of the more affordable Italian sports with a pedigree; its lineage includes cars running in Formula One racing, touring car racing and rallies, and movie stars, as it appeared in classic films such as The Graduate, The Godfather and Bond movies. A two-seater, it is light weight thanks to a carbon fiber tub.
Maserati Ghibli S: a brand well-known to collectors, it lives up to expectations this year again. This four-door model is relatively powerful with 2 turbochargers feeding a 410-horsepower V6 engine. Its anatomy, with its combination of curves and muscle will certainly keep seducing collectors for year.
Chevrolet COPO Camaro: a classic and beloved model, this American car is a sure investment. It embodies heritage, road trips, strength and beauty. If you want one of those, you will have to be fast as only 69 of them were produced, which guarantees that its value will hold, if not increase.
Ford Fiesta: you might be surprised that this unassuming everyday car can be identified as a collectible, but with its responsive handling, honourable power and its clean, uncomplicated lines, it may well come to represent a certain era of motoring history in the future and is deemed worth investing in.
Nissan 370Z NISMO: an interesting looking car, it has been gathering something of a following. Heralded as the greatest model in this lineage, this Japanese car follows in the path of stand-alone collectibles which has been quite remarkable and is set to continue. As well as the 370Zs, Nissan launched the 350, both models anticipated to be assiduously sought after for years to come.
Dodge Challenger Shaker: perhaps not the model with the most subtle lines, but if you like power, this is the one for you. Still following the aesthetic tradition of muscle cars, its impressive bulky hood betrays its might. With the instantly recognisable shaker hood brought back to life, a roaring HEMI engine and R/T options package, it may just grab your heart and wallet!
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: the most popular collectible car models in the US, the newest model, the C7, was under a lot of pressure to deliver. General Motors didn’t disappoint and gave us this great car which combines faithfulness to its heritage with very real performance. Reasonably priced for a car of this caliber, it represents fantastic value for money.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X: if Jeeps aren’t your cup of tea, did you know that Vintage SUVs were the fastest growing sector as far as collectible cars are concerned and that Jeeps lead the way? Although they still have some way to go when it comes to comfort, they are also miles away from their bouncy ancestors, and they pack quite a punch considering the reasonable price tag. There are now competitions for vintage SUVs so they will hopefully gain the respect they deserve in the near future.
BMW M5 Sedan: one of the more expensive models in this list, this car draws on the prestige of a high-quality make. Despite its stately size, it is capable of powerful acceleration which makes it a comfortable yet exciting car.
Like with any car, one can never predict whether they will hold their value, but one thing is for certain, they are triumphs of creativity and worthy of the most adoring feelings!
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