Could You Be Driving a Future Goldmine?

Stephen Wright, 3 years ago

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WhoCanFixMyCar discusses which cars could be future classics.

We have teamed up with classic car experts Great Escape Cars to create a list of the cars most likely to become collectable in 30 years, along with a set of guidelines for prospective classic car owners.

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Top ten future classics

Top tips to keep your car in good condition


Top ten future classics

1. Ford Focus ST170

Why? The Ford Focus followed in the footsteps of the famous first-generation Ford Escort, resetting the bar for family car handling. Prices will likely rise as people rediscover the value of this underdog.

What to look out for: They are generally well-built and reliable cars. However, electrical gremlins and hidden rot are the main issues to watch for. The ST70 has been on the lower end of the pricing scale for a while, so many likely won’t have been maintained well. Unmodified versions will be rare but much more valuable in the long run.

2. Jaguar XJS V12

Why? Convertibles have already shot up in value, and the prediction is that coupes will soon follow. The V12 is arguably Jaguar’s greatest engine, while the XJS model is an excellent GT car – the combination is gold. As with the Focus, good-condition models are rare, so if you are lucky enough to have one in your garage, you’ll need to look after it to make a pretty penny.

What to look out for: The V12 engine is prone to head gasket failure, and the XJS bodywork can rust easily, meaning poor maintenance can lead to some pretty hefty bills. If you own an XJS, make sure you regularly take your car to a reliable garage to keep everything in good working order.

3. Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo

Why? The Coupe 20V Turbo is arguably the prettiest and most capable Fiat of the last 30 years. Its impressive performance, clever interior detailing and practicality as a four-seater car have no doubt left a lasting impression on petrolheads and will see it appreciated over the next three decades.

What to look out for: Rust and neglect. The engine is durable and capable of high miles but needs regular servicing. The body rusts around the arches, and because these cars are cheap, they have often been poorly repaired. Parts supply can be complex, although there are specialists who can help and a good owner network.

4. Aston Martin DB7 V12

Why? All Aston Martins increase in price eventually, and the DB7 is no different. The model has been unloved for a while due to its Jaguar XJS underpinnings; however, that will change. It’s best to avoid the six-cylinder cars as they will be much slower to see a price increase. Ideally, go for a Vantage convertible.

Green Aston Martin DB7

What to look out for: Poor maintenance is the main issue with Astons. An Aston Martin needs a recognised specialist servicing it to maintain its value.

5. MGF

Why? It’s easy to laugh at, but once upon a time, MGFs were worth peanuts. Once the glut of ropey MGFs has been cleared out, the remaining cars will appreciate – in fact, this has already begun. They are a cheap, capable and reasonably reliable weekend convertible, and there aren’t many modern classics in that category.

What to look out for: There’s a trend appearing here – rust is a big issue with the MGF. Head gasket failure is another one to watch out for. Finally, the build quality in later cars is not the same, so you shouldn’t pass up an opportunity to purchase an earlier model.

6. VW Golf MK2 GTI

Why? The MK 2 is arguably the best GTI of the lot – practical and fun in a three or five-door trim. It’s a late 80s/early 90s icon. We’re likely to see this car rise in value as its popularity grows.

What to look out for: There are a lot of these cars around, but few have been well cared for, have low mileage, and haven’t had any modifications. These are the cars to go for if you’re looking to buy. However, if you’re already a lucky owner of an MK2 GTI, it’s essential to keep an eye out for rust and ensure you get parts from a trusted supplier.

7. Jaguar XJ6 Series 1-3

Why? The Jaguar XJ6 is possibly the best saloon car of the last 40 years – beautiful and an excellent ride. It’s no wonder that Jaguar recycled the design until the early 2000s. Despite their age, this Jag remains refined and stylish and is enjoying a surge in popularity.

What to look out for: Rust is an issue on the XJ6, particularly around the wheel arches, screen surrounds and scuttle. Much of this is down to neglect, so if you’re considering purchasing this car, you might want to look closer at the maintenance history. Electrical issues and deterioration of the interior trim are also reasonably common.

8. Audi RS6 C5 Avant

Why? This is the car that inspired the fast estate. A watermark for executive vehicles in the early 2000s, the C5 Avant rivals the performance of the Porsche 911 while providing a spacious ride for a family. Over the next few years, as the number of original RS6s on the road dwindles, values will rise, so buying a mint example now will prove an excellent long-term investment.

What to look out for: With the value of the Avant currently at the lower end of its curve, poor maintenance and cheap parts are expected. Worn suspension and gearbox issues are also common. It’s worth channelling extra cash into this car as it will pay off in the long run.

9. Renault Clio Williams

Why? The Clio Williams was the high watermark of Renault’s hot hatch period and is possibly the best small hatch of its time. The value of a similar rival, the Peugeot 205 GTI, has already taken off, and the Renault Clio Williams won’t be far behind.

Renault Clio Williams

What to look out for: Like most hot hatches, many of these cars have been well-used and have high mileage. Good quality and original parts are also becoming more difficult to obtain.

10. MG ZT V8

Why? The last ‘real’ Rover was also the best. Converted to RWD and fitted with a Ford Mustang V8 engine, the ZT V8 wasn’t especially fast (260 bhp), but it was rare and a silly answer to a question nobody asked. Its rarity and place in the MG Rover story surely guarantee its classic status.

What to look out for: Very few of these cars are still around, and the ones that are have typically been used as everyday cars, so they may have high mileage and general wear and tear. As these cars become more difficult to get hold of, so do the parts, so be prepared to fork out a little more money to keep your motor in good nick.


Top tips to keep your car in good condition


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