Like fine wine, rich Wisconsin cheese, James Bond flicks, and kimchi, certain cars age extremely well. But that’s not true for the majority of the automobiles manufactured, which are doomed once they reach a particular age or mileage, and is only getting worse. Americans are upgrading to new cars like never before, forcing older automobiles to run the risk of being condemned to the crusher.
But not all cars are destined for destruction, with more performance focused and obscure versions growing in both popularity and demand as they age. Classics like the ’69 Dodge Charger Daytona have begun to give way to imports like the original Acura NSX, causing us to wonder what tomorrow’s classics might look like.
Predicting the future may be a bit of a fool’s errand, but one thing is for sure: Collectible cars are usually sought by people who have a strong sentimental connection to a particular vehicle. May it be something they owned at a young age, or lusted after but could never afford, the reasons for collecting cars is often a multi-faced affair. Although limited-run models often tend to retain their value and stay in high demand, that doesn’t always mean they will retain their value forever due to varying trends and collector preferences.
So as the year 2020 begins to loom on the horizon, millennials grow increasingly sentimental over the cars from the 1990s and the early 2000s. With salary benefits on the rise, their ability to buy these machines is increasing too. Here are ten cars we believe will become highly coveted within 20 years, testaments to the fact that car enthusiasts will always try to hold onto the glory days, no matter what their age.
Porsche 911 R
Pulling heavy influence from an iconic 1967 race car, this stripped-down (and completely sold-out) sports car is about as race-ready and exclusive as it gets since only 991 were ever made. With its exclusive manual gearbox, optional lift system, 20-inch staggered alloys, and 500 horsepower motor, the 911 R is barely a year old and it’s already one of the most coveted cars in the world. While it may not be as technologically advanced or insane looking as the 918 Spyder, the R’s traditional lines and classic approach to power will more than likely help it remain timeless in 20.