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Future classics: Our top picks of the collectible cars of tomorrow

Future classics: Our top picks of the collectible cars of tomorrowThe Chevy Chevelle SS.  Pontiac “The Judge” GTO. Buick Regal GNX.

Had we known (or been alive during) the heyday of some of the most sought-after classics, we would be some happy (and wealthy) campers today. That’s because classic cars not only make for breathtaking showpieces, they often make for a good investment. But the best way to invest in them is to buy them while they’re still new. Below is list of five cars you can buy right now that we predict will one day become valuable classics. They’re even all quite nice to own in the present, so there’s really no way to go wrong. Check them all out below, and be sure to let us know what cars you think should be on our list.

Subaru BRZ sports carSubaru BRZ

The Subaru BRZ is a very unusual vehicle. That’s not at all a criticism; the joint project between Subaru and Toyota has all of the elements of a truly great sports car. It is front-engine and rear-wheel-drive, both big pluses, and the engine is flat four, which helps keep the center of gravity low – always a good thing in a sports car. The low price, appealing styling and sporting nature are the kinds of things that made cars like the original Mustang the classics that they are. And just like the original Mustang, this is a car not quite like any other on the road. It may hail the reemergence of the Japanese sports car, a category of vehicles which has been in decline since the end of the Nineties. Whether a full-on revival actually results from this or not, the BRZ will be that charming classic sports car to future generations. Why opt for the Subaru version rather than the Scion version of the same car? They are produced in smaller numbers, and that exclusivity will make them more valuable. Any owners who manage not to modify or beat on their BRZ will be rare as well, and this too will help keep the value up.

Ford Mustang sports carFord Mustang Boss 302

The case for the Boss 302 Mustang is really pretty clear-cut. This is not the first Boss 302 Mustang, and this new one will become a classic just like the ‘69-’70 has. Although the Mustang itself is far too common to appreciate much in value for many years, the Boss 302 is not just a special version of the car, but one made in really quite small numbers. That exclusivity is certainly a plus when talking about a collector’s car, as is the Boss 302’s track pedigree. This is the best-handling Mustang ever built, and Ford has also taken the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 and cranked the output up to 444 horsepower. You can have some huge amounts of fun in this car, but as is always the case with these sorts of cars, it is the ones which haven’t been abused that will be worth the most money. Another thing which collectors will want to keep in mind is that production will end after the 2013 model year, so now is the time to get one. The truly avid collector can even opt for the Laguna Seca Edition, a further upgraded and even more exclusive version, although all forms of the car will be classics.

Audi A7 luxury carAudi A7

Mainstream cars rarely become classics, but cars like the 1957 Chevy Bel Air show that it is indeed possible, provided it is a very attractive mainstream car. Such a car is the Audi A7. Mechanically, the A7 is basically identical to the A6, a pleasant car in general, but often criticized for breaking new ground in the area of styling dullness. The A7 uses the same platform, but makes use of an absolutely gorgeous sportback body in place of the A6’s forgettable sedan styling. The supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine produces 310 horsepower and is just right for the A7. The sportback design of the A7 has become fashionable of late, and the A7 completes primarily with the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo and the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. But the Audi is generally seen as the prettiest of the group, and it’s difficult not to fall instantly in love with the car on first sight. The A7 is still something of a niche car though, and doesn’t generate as many sales as the more mainstream A6. This means there is still a certain amount of that rarity that helps with the making of a classic. It has also been highly praised by critics and Consumer Reports alike, so you’ll even enjoy having it while you’re waiting around for it to become a classic. 

Ford Mustang Boss SUV truck carFord SVT Raptor

Classic trucks are even rarer than classic mainstream cars, but the SVT Raptor is no ordinary truck. The Raptor was built with the grueling Baja 1000 off-road races in mind, and it is here where the Raptor competes in Raptor R racing trim. But the version available in dealerships is quite a capable vehicle as well, and is not just built for off-roading ability, but for off-road speed. Try to think of any other off-road race vehicles available for purchase by the public and you’ll start to understand what makes the Raptor special. It has a 6.2-liter V8 engine which produces 411 horsepower and 434lb-ft of torque. The suspension is completely different from that of the F150, which the Raptor is based on, and although the Raptor will tow a trailer (and quite well, actually) that’s clearly not its intended purpose. You might not be crazy about the “digital mud” graphics, and Ford will give you the option to delete them, but rest assured that they will become an important signature piece on collector trucks in the future. Think of them like those “The Judge” fender stickers on the GTO.

Ferrari FF sports carFerrari FF

Obviously, any exotic is going to have its share of rabid fans, but there is just one exotic which currently stands apart from the rest: the Ferrari FF. This is Ferrari’s first shooting brake, and their first car with all-wheel-drive as well. Ferrari’s competitors haven’t exactly produced a lot of cars like this either. The styling has been a bit controversial, to say the least. It seems to be a love-or-hate kind of situation, but that has been the case with quite a few cars which are now considered classics. It makes a lot more sense when you see it in person. This is a grand touring car and if one is taking a grand tour, one would presumably have luggage. The FF has space for luggage and for friends, but still goes like hell. It’s quite possible the most true-to-form gran turismo that you can buy. But however you want to view its potential role in your life, the FF is unique, exotic and very rare, everything you could possibly ask for in a classic.