Classic car enthusiasts often may wonder what they can buy today that will become collectible, well, not as soon as tomorrow, but at some point in the future. Each year, the collector car experts at Hagerty publish their list of vehicles that they think have strong potential to become collectible sometime within the next quarter century.
To be considered for the “Hagerty Hot List,” a vehicle must be produced within the 2015 model year and carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $100,000. Special consideration is given to newly launched versions not appearing on previous Hagerty Hot Lists.
“We hear a lot of chatter about how cars made today are boring,” Hagerty president McKeel Hagerty said in a news release. “The cars that made this list prove there are still cars to be excited about. They are true drivers’ cars that are definitely enjoyable now, but each one that made the list has that special something that will make it a collectible in the years to come.”
The 2015 Hagerty Hot List (along with base price):
1. Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition ($69,685) Alfa Romeo returns to America after a 20year absence with a junior supercar that boasts an impressive 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, and a carbon fiber chassis. It oozes Italianness from every single carbon fiber making it perhaps the hottest car on a very hot Hot List.
2. BMW M4 Convertible ($73,450) The M3 and M5 have been the go-to cars for BMW Motorsports junkies since the late 1980s. It's the only M-car from BMW to offer a twin turbo V6 but perhaps, more importantly, the only one other than the pricey M6 that can be had as a convertible.
3. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 ($75,000) The ultimate road course-ready Camaro. Boasting a weight loss of 300 pounds and the LS7 V8 with 505 horsepower and 481 pound feet of torque, Chevrolet let the engineers out to play and they created a monster. Anyone who isn’t aware that we’re living in a new golden age of automotive performance has been clogging up the left lane for too long.
4. Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ($78,995) Bang for your buck is an understatement for the supercharged Z06, which may well be the all-time performance for the dollar champion. The Corvette has entered supercar territory at a fraction of the price of the competition from Germany and Italy.
5. Dodge Challenger Hellcat ($58,295) It feels like the 1960s again. The Cold War is back and so are the muscle car horsepower wars and Dodge just exercised the nuclear option with this beast. Limited production and 707 horsepower means that the Hellcat earns its moniker. Clearly the Challenger Hellcat is here to turn fuel into noise and rubber into dust and little else.
6. Ford Mustang GT Performance Package ($37,125) Although the 50th anniversary edition will be produced in far less numbers, we at Hagerty think the GT performance package is the true driver’s car. Ford had a tough job following up the 2005-14 Mustang but they’ve done it very well (better perhaps than in 1967 when the Mustang was re-designed for the first time). Here’s to another fifty years.
7. Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition ($33,000) The popularity of Japanese collector cars is on the rise and the Miata has established itself as the quintessential modern roadster. With this special edition also the last of its generation, it is already sealed as a collectible with only 100 models making the trip to North America.
8. MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop ($24,950) New for 2015, the 2 door hardtop John Cooper Works Mini is the most powerful Mini ever produced. The performance specs are impressive, but what will have collectors drooling in the future is the attention paid to the Mini’s design concept.
9. Subaru WRX STI Launch Edition ($38,190) With a stiffer body, advanced suspension and a turbocharged Boxer four cylinder the STI is quite literally a factory-built rally car that you can drive off the showroom floor. The smile-inducing acceleration is simply intoxicating, and the very limited release Launch Edition will be loved by collectors and rally fans for years to come.
10. Volkswagen Golf R ($36,595) “4Motion” all-wheel drive, 292 horsepower, 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph make the all new VW Golf the most powerful VW hatchback to date. With a 2.0L turbocharged inline 4 this VW is bound to excite collectors now and in the future. It’s the Golf that GTI fan boys and girls have been begging VW to build.