Nick picks his favorites at the 2019 Future Classic Car Show

Nick picks his favorites at the 2019 Future Classic Car Show

For a wedge car lover, this show is basically heaven in a parking garage

There were about 200 cars at Sunday’s Future Classic Car Show in Scottsdale, Arizona. When I was asked to write this article, only one thing came to mind: “This is going to be tough.”

The show, which is in its fourth year, only allows cars produced later than 1975 to enter, which coincides perfectly with my love of wedge-shaped cars from the 1980s. How could someone ask me to narrow down so many awesome cars to just this short list?

Before I get to my list, I have to say there were a lot that just barely missed the cut. Many owners I spoke with have done really amazing things with the next generation of classic cars, and I’m excited to see the future of the hobby.

OK, that’s out of the way. Now, here are my favorite cars at the 2019 Future Classic Car Show:

1992 Subaru SVX

This car, imported from Canada, was one of the coolest I’ve ever seen – not just at the show, I mean in general.

If you haven’t heard of them, the SVX was basically Subaru’s first attempt to break into the luxury performance car market. They were designed by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and marketed as a concept car that was actually produced, including the window-within-a-window design on the driver and passenger doors.

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Interestingly, this one actually had a decal on the side featuring Giugiaro’s name, something I’d never seen before. I’ve always liked these because, well, they’re just weird and I find that super cool.


1988 Mazda RX-7

Parked right next to the SVX was a white Mazda RX-7 that had some custom work done and, after all, who doesn’t like the ‘80s RX-7?

The current owner said he bought it straight from Mazda after it was repossessed from the original buyer in 1991. He’s kept it ever since and said it “makes a lot of neat noises.” I love that.


2006 Cadillac XLR

This car deserved more attention than it got and is bound to be a classic convertible we’re going to see more of over the years. It has a magnetic ride system and 320 horsepower, which the owner said makes it super fun to drive.

I didn’t get to take it for a spin (I really should have asked) but I loved the look of the custom-cut rims paired with the dark blue paint.


1977 Toyota Celica

There’s only one way to describe this car: dreamy.

The restomod had all sorts of custom work done, including a sourced inline-6 engine swap from a JDM Toyota and a great-looking paint job. I mean, look at it. It’s fantastic.

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1992 Dodge Stealth

I had to take a peek inside this Dodge Stealth, one of my favorite cars at the 2019 Future Classic Car Show. | Nick Calderone photos

If I were going to take home any car I saw at the Future Classic Car Show – even including the SVX – this would be it. It’s just a great car.

I’m slightly more partial to its sister car, the Mitsubishi 3000GT, but the Stealth has those ‘90s design touches that are really cool and I’d imagine the twin turbo would be great to drive.


1993 Nissan Skyline

To me, the Skyline has always been a near-perfect unicorn. It’s the car so many tuners fall in love with, not only because they perform when it counts but do so with great classic style.

The fastback look of the car is a great fit for simple spoilers. When I would draw cars as a kid, this wedge shape is what they would look like.


1985 Toyota Celica Supra

Yes, this car has the wedge look that I love, but this car made my list for a different reason: family.

My sister had one that was very similar. I remember sitting on her lap when I was little and “driving” down the street with her and thinking I was the coolest kid on the block. It’s a memory I’ll never forget and isn’t that what makes cars so special?


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  • Steve Herskovitz
    January 15, 2019, 3:13 PM

    What about the 2cd gen 1979-1983 datsun 280zx’s They are great cars and gaining in popularity

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  • Norman Spirit
    January 15, 2019, 3:15 PM

    The Subaru SVX is a great car doomed because it was produced during Subaru’s "bad years". The RX-7 will be a tough one since so many of them were thrashed within an inch of their lives by multiple owners, few of whom studied the manual of operation. The Cadillac XLR is a flawed gem, my Dad had one. Great car; fantastic performer, ride, creature comforts. The downside? Even when the top is up it has a marginal sized trunk and when the top is down it has no trunk – or storage space – at all. No top down trips to the golf course for you with a friend, since you can either take a passenger OR the clubs but not both….by the way, hold out for the "V" version.

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    • Michael "Mr. Sunshine" Janzen@Norman Spirit
      January 16, 2019, 9:15 PM

      The thing about the XLR is that it’s so fun to drive, & the attention it still draws, makes it so that you dont want to bother to stop for a round of golf! LOL! So, although very true about the trunk space limitations, there’s enough there to hit the road with a buddy for a few day road trip & plot out the golf coarses you want to hit when you’re in your sedan! Been there, done that! (Yeah, that’s my blue one featured in the article. 😁)

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  • R.J Jubert
    January 15, 2019, 3:31 PM

    I own a 2006 -V- 8,300 miles as new i,d say if you could grab one now may be time. many destroyed in storm,s last few years low numbers produced = rarity plus there great cars if,.. you do your homework when searching! Good luck…

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  • Dave Bailey
    January 15, 2019, 3:48 PM

    ..Nick!!..You’ve got to get out more!!..With the exception of the XLR, which would handily ‘smoke’ everything BUT the GT-r, NONE of your picks would appeal to ANYONE EAST of the Rockies!!..Too many so -called-rice-burners!..I know California considers itself Japan West, but come on now!!

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    • Bill Gross@Dave Bailey
      January 16, 2019, 7:20 PM

      I agree with Dave Baily everything U have mentioned will not become Collectable! I don’t think U know anything about Colle tor Cars. None of these will Appreciate to become worth much more then the MSRP. Of when Sold.Better U keep to your Day Job.

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  • Murray Embree
    January 15, 2019, 4:11 PM

    I appreciate your picks. I am retired and have a Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 with only 3800 miles. This car is just like new and has never even been out in the rain. What do you think it is worth?

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