Everyone wants the vehicle they own to gain value so that it can be sold for a higher price than it was bought for. While this may not be the case for most cars, there are some exceptions.
These vehicles have quite a good chance of becoming future classic cars in the coming decades. Most of them saw a little production run. Those numbers were either purposely limited by the manufacturers to make the automobiles more exclusive, or the cars had to be dropped from the lineup due to low sales. Either way, they became rare on today’s market.
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series
The W204 generation of the high-performance Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG was the last of its kind. It was the last C63 to be powered by an enormous, naturally-aspirated V8 motor. The regular C63 AMG was already quite crazy, it made 451 horsepower and was extremely tail-happy.
The Black Series was in a league of its own, though. The two-door coupe made 510 horses from the same motor, allowing it to sprint to 60 miles per hour in a little over 4 seconds. The German automaker only built 800 units.
Pagani Huayra BC
Whether or not anything made by Pagani will become a classic in the future really is a no-brainer. These fine hypercars are about as precious as modern automobiles can get, and they are bound to skyrocket in value in the future. The Huayra BC is a prime example.
The Italian automaker developed the BC, a track-oriented version of the regular Huayra, to pay homage to the late Benny Caiola, a close friend of Horacio Pagani and the manufacturer’s first customer. Pagani only sold 20 units of the BC during its 2-year production run.
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
Ford enthusiasts are well-aware of the Special Vehicle Team, or SVT for short. This small part of the American automotive giant is responsible for creating some of the craziest Blue Ovals of all time. The first SVT-badged vehicle was the iconic Ford SVT Lightning, a performance-oriented version of the F150 pickup truck.
One of Ford’s greatest SVT creations is the original F-150 SVT Raptor, which first hit the market for the 2010 model year. It initially packed a 310-horsepower V8 beneath the hood, though newer models could be equipped with the optional 6.2L rated at 411 horses.
Ferrari 458 Speciale Aperta
It is no secret that Ferraris were always highly desired by wealthy collectors across the globe. Limited variants, such as the 458 Speciale Aperta, are among the most wanted ones. Especially if the production run is strictly limited to only 499 units.
The Speciale Aperta is more than just a flashy convertible, though. Its 600-horsepower V8 motor, mounted behind the driver, is capable of sprinting to 60mph in less than 3 seconds! Examples with a right-hand-drive drivetrain are even rarer, as the Italian automaker only built 49 of them in total.
Maserati recently unveiled the MC20, an all-new supercar that doubles as a successor of the legendary MC12. Just like its iconic predecessor, the MC20 has great potential to become a future classic in the coming decades.
The MC20 comes powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 motor rated at 621 horsepower, mated with a dual-clutch automatic transmission to ensure every shift is seamless and quick. A sprint to 60 miles per hour takes under 2.9 seconds. It will hit the market for the 2022 model year!
The Chevrolet SS is a rather crazy creation that has surprisingly gone under the radar. This high-performance sedan was assembled in Australia and shared the same platform as the Camaro from the same years. This insane 415-horsepower sedan hit the market for the 2014 model year and only remained on the market until the end of 2017.
What may make the Chevy SS a perfect pick for a future classic is its low production numbers. In fact, GM only sold around 13,000 of them in the United States.
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M
Ferrari unveiled this limited version of the 430 Scuderia to commemorate the automaker’s 2008 Formula One victory. It was essentially a convertible variant of the 430 Spider, plus cool touches such as an array of carbon fiber elements in the cabin. After all, what better way to celebrate than by releasing a highly limited convertible aimed at the brand’s most loyal customers?
Ferrari limited the production run to only 499 units. All of them were pre-sold to select clients across the globe throughout 2009. The Scuderia Spider 16M has been desired by other collectors ever since.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Older generations of Porsche’s iconic sports car, the 911, are classic cars with virtually no exceptions. No matter whether you own a 40-year old base model with fading paint or a brand new Turbo S, finding a buyer will not be a problem. Track-focused variants, though, are even more desired. The 911 GT2 RS is one of them.
The production of the latest GT2 RS based on the 991.2 generation recently finished, and the average price of the previous generation are already skyrocketing. They will only continue to rise in the coming years.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is perhaps as exotic as a modern Mercedes can get. This jaw-dropping grand tourer is a spiritual successor of the legendary 300SL Gullwing. It even features similar design cues, such as the unique gullwing-style vertical doors!
Like any proper AMG product, the SLS packs a V8 engine under the hood. The German automaker offered this model between 2010 and 2015. A little over 2,700 of them were sold in the United States.
Cadillac CTS-V Wagon
Back in 2011, General Motors decided to develop a souped-up wagon to compete with the Audi RS6 or the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon. The CTS-V Wagon was born as a result.
The CTS-V Wagon featured the same powerplant as the regular CTS-V; a supercharged V8 motor that peaked at a whopping 556 horsepower. In effect, it could accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 4 seconds! Production peaked in 2012 at just 575 examples sold that year.
A quick peek at this beautiful roadster is enough to notice what inspired the Z8. This sports car was developed to pay tribute to the legendary BMW 507, another roadster built by the German automaker back in the second half of the 1950s. The BMW Z8 featured similar styling in an all-new, modern package. It was bound to become a hit among collectors from day one.
The German automaker ended up selling a little over 5,700 units of the Z8 before shutting down the assembly line merely three years after the car’s debut. Today, the demand for them is higher than ever before.
The S2000 is already well on its way to becoming a modern classic. After all, this stylish sports car hit the market back in 1999 and was produced for an entire decade! The prices of well-preserved units started skyrocketing in the past few years, and they certainly won’t be dropping anytime soon.
Beneath the hood, the Honda S2000 packs a flat-four motor rated at roughly 250 horsepower. This beautiful two-seater roadster remains one of the best handling cars in its price range.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition
Although the regular seventh generation of the Chevrolet Corvette saw quite a large production run, General Motors did introduce a few limited editions aimed at collectors. One of the most significant ones, and perhaps the one that may become the most valuable variant in the future, is the Z06 C7.R Edition.
As the name suggests, this Corvette was inspired by the C7.R race car. Despite the cool name, it was primarily only an appearance package on top of the regular Z06 trim level. Chevrolet limited the production run to just 500 units, though.
Porsche 911 Speedster
Before launching the latest generation of the Porsche 911, it was only right for the German automaker to send off its predecessor in style. The limited Porsche 911 Speedster, inspired by a Speedster from 1994, was the proper way to say goodbye to the 991.2.
The German automaker ensured to make the Speedster as special as possible. Even the production numbers are not coincidental. Porsche only built 1948 units of the 991 Speedster, as the first Porsche automobile had left the factory that year.
The Dodge Viper was the American automaker’s flagship sports car sold between 1991 and 2017. The iconic Viper saw five different generations throughout its lengthy production run, as well as a short hiatus in 2007 and between 2010 and 2012.
The older Vipers have already become quite sought-after by collectors, particularly the first-gen units. Newer models are expected to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors, too. As always, limited variants such as the Viper ACR-X will skyrocket in value even more.
Alfa Romeo 4C
The Alfa Romeo 4C is a radical two-door sports car that sold between 2013 and 2019. It marked quite a major milestone for the Italian automaker, as the 4C was Alfa Romeo’s first mass-produced car sold in the US in the 21st century. And it was one of the greatest Alfa Romeo sports cars, too.
The 4C features spectacular handling due to its small size, a mid-engine setup, and a lightweight body. Despite all this, the buyers did not seem to love it at first. Production never succeeded 1,200 units per year.
BMW 1-Series M Coupe
This is a real hidden gem in the world of modern BMWs. Back in the early 2010s, the German automaker released this souped-up high-performance coupe based on the regular 1-Series. Under the hood, it packs BMW’s second turbocharged motor ever, though that’s far from the only thing that makes the 1M a unique sports car.
This 355-horsepower coupe was only available with a six-speed stick-shift transmission. Despite the overwhelming demand for the 1M, the German automaker only sold around 6,000 units before stopping the assembly lines.
The current McLaren lineup is rather easy to get lost in. There’s the new McLaren GT, the 720S, the entry-level 570S, or its souped-up counterpart, the 600LT. Then, there’s also the ultimate McLaren Senna which is actually built on the 720S’ platform. Let’s not forget the 765LT, which is a souped-up 720S though it’s not as extreme as the Senna. Oh, and the Artura that’s coming next year to replace the 570S.
A few years back, the British automaker had a much smaller lineup. There was the flagship 650S, followed by the limited 675LT which was essentially a 650S tweaked to perfection. Throw in a production run limited to 500 examples, and you have a great future classic supercar.
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4
Roadgoing versions of successful race cars have always been desired by wealthy car collectors, and the Porsche Cayman GT4 is no exception. The GT4 moniker marks the most radical version of the Cayman.
The latest generation of the Cayman GT4 hit the market for the 2019 model year. Its 4.0L boxer engine produces a whopping 414 horsepower, enabling the GT4 to reach 60 miles per hour in just 4.2 seconds. Porsche only offers the Cayman GT4 with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible
Forget any other version of the sixth-generation Corvette, the 427 Convertible is the real deal. It hit the market in 2013, marking the 60th anniversary of the Corvette nameplate. It combined the best features of the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 variants and quickly became the ultimate C6 Corvette. Every Corvette fan wanted one, but only a handful were lucky enough to buy it.
The 427 Convertible paid homage to the mighty C6 Corvette. In fact, the last sixth-gen Corvette to leave the production line was a 427 Convertible! General Motors only sold 2,552 units in total.
The RX-8 is quite possibly the cheapest automobile on this list. A few years ago, you could easily pick one up in decent condition for only a few grand. While the prices haven’t peaked just yet, well-preserved units of the RX-8 are beginning to shoot up in value.
What makes the RX-8 so significant in the automotive history is the fact that this was the last production vehicle to use a Wankel rotary engine, previously seen in other Mazda cars such as the RX-7. One thing is for sure, RX-8’s are not going to get cheaper anytime soon.
The Ferrari LaFerrari is the ultimate modern Ferrari money could buy. This gorgeous hypercar hit the market for the 2013 model year as a direct successor to the legendary Ferrari Enzo. Just like its predecessors, the LaFerrari quickly sold out and skyrocketed in value from the get-go.
The Modena-based automaker limited the production run of the LaFerrari to just 500 coupes, as well as 210 convertibles. All of them were pre-sold to select clients. Simply being able to afford one was not a guarantee to become the owner of a LaFerrari.
Porsche Cayman R
We have already covered the current generation of the Porsche Cayman, or its souped-up GT4 variant to be precise. Before the debut of the 718 generation of the Cayman, the German automaker briefly offered the Cayman R. Similarly to the Cayman GT4, the 2011 Cayman R is well on its way to becoming a future classic car.
The Cayman R featured an aerodynamic kit that had previously been offered as an extra option, as well as a boxer motor that made 10 horsepower more than the regular Cayman S. Porsche only sold 1621 units of the car.
Love it or hate it, the Nissan GTR R35 truly revolutionized the supercar industry in the late 2000s. The car debuted back in late 2007. It originally peaked at 479 horsepower, though over the years the power output increased all the way to 564 horses for the current model year.
Perhaps the largest issue with the Nissan GTR R35 is its high production numbers. The same cannot be said about the souped-up Nismo variant, as the Japanese automaker only sold a handful of them. Anyone who owns a R35 GTR Nismo may want to store it away for the next few years.
Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce
Lamborghinis seem to only be getting better with age. Any Raging Bull powered by a roaring V12 engine is guaranteed to become a classic car just decades after rolling off the production line. The Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce may just be a prime example.
The Italian automaker unveiled the Aventador SV back in 2015 as if the base model wasn’t already cool enough. The SV received a more aggressive exterior design, as well as an extra 50-horsepower from its 6.5L motor. In effect, it can reach 60 miles per hour in under 2.8 seconds. Only 600 examples were made.
The Porsche 918 is considered a part of the Holy Trinity of Hypercars, alongside the McLaren P1 and the previously mentioned Ferrari LaFerrari. This ultimate Porsche hypercar was produced for just two years starting in 2013. It features a staggering 875-horsepower motor mounted behind the seats!
The idea of a Porsche hypercar wasn’t new. In fact, the 918 is a successor of the Carrera GT, another hypercar sold by Porsche in the early 2000s. The German automaker only made 918 units of the 918.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
Virtually any vehicle that has been modified by Shelby is bound to become a precious classic, and the latest Mustang Shelby GT350 is no exception. Back at the time of its 2017 debut, the GT350 was Ford’s most insane variant of the pony car ever.
Ford sold less than 20 000 units of the souped-up Mustang GT350, paving the way for a future classic in the making. A triple yellow configuration or a white paint job with red accents are among the rarest color options sold by the Blue Oval.
Despite a powerful motor under the hood and some of the best performance in its price range, the BMW Z4 M seems to have gone under the radar ever since its 2006 debut. This beautiful sports car was offered by the German automaker for just two years, both as a two-door coupe or with a convertible top.
The Z4 M packed a flat-six rated at around 340 horsepower, enabling the car to reach 60 miles per hour in 5 seconds. BMW only managed to sell 4275 units before discontinuing the model.
Lotus cars are unlike anything else on the planet. These sporty machines are all about the raw driving experience, prioritizing handling and performance over comfort features or interior space. They are also the gateway to owning an extremely exotic vehicle at a relatively affordable price tag.
The Exige initially debuted for the 2000 model year and remained on the market until 2021. It was originally developed as a more spartan, hardtop version of the Lotus Elise. A few years after its launch, the Exige became a crucial element of the Lotus lineup.
The McLaren P1 is a special hypercar that was built by the British automaker between 2013 and 2015. At the time, it was the quickest McLaren of all time and a proper successor to the legendary F1. Its hybrid drivetrain generates over 900 horsepower, all of which is delivered only to the rear wheels!
McLaren ensured that the P1 would indeed be a special vehicle. The production was limited to just 375 units worldwide, all of which had quickly sold out. The demand has been driving up the prices ever since.
Nissan 370Z Nismo
While the Nissan 370Z may not be the first pick when thinking of future classic cars, the high-performance Nismo variant may just be a perfect choice. This car ticks all of the boxes to become a classic automobile in the future, it was a crucial part of the Nissan lineup, it featured exceptional performance, and it’s only getting more difficult to find one these days.
The 370Z Nismo first debuted for the 2009 model year, though the Japanese automaker introduced a much-needed facelift back in 2015. The precise production numbers are not publicly available, though Nissan was rumored to only sell around 1,000 units per year.
Dodge Ram SRT-10
The Ram SRT-10 is easily one of the craziest pickup trucks in the world. Dodge unveiled this insane creation for the 2004 model year, and it only remained on the market until 2006. At the time of its debut, the Ram SRT-10 was the world’s fastest production truck with a top speed of over 157 miles per hour.
One of the best features of the Ram SRT-10 is its powerplant. Under the hood, this truck packs a 500-horsepower V10 borrowed from the Dodge Viper. The American automaker only sold around 10,000 units of this rare truck.
Owners of hypercars can safely assume that their precious automobiles will become classic cars in the future. The Bugatti Chiron, one of the most extravagant cars of the 21st century, is no exception. In fact, its prices have been on a rise ever since its initial debut.
The Chiron instantly made headlines, and for a very good reason. This gorgeous hypercar replaced the Veyron and quickly became the world’s fastest production car. The automaker will only sell 500 units in total, and most of them have already been paid for.
Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6×6
While any regular Gelenda may not qualify as a future classic car, this monstrosity surely will. The G63 AMG 6×6 is easily the craziest truck ever released by Mercedes-Benz, as if the regular V8-powered G63 AMG wasn’t already eccentric enough!
The G63 AMG 6×6 is unique in every meaning of the word. It’s simply enormous, and the 6-wheel-drivetrain makes it extremely capable off the beaten path. The production run barely exceeded 100 examples.
Pagani Zonda Cinque
It is no secret that anything to come out of Horacio Pagani’s factory is bound to become a desired classic car in a few decades. The rare Zonda Cinque, however, is in an entirely different league. That’s because Pagani only built 10 of these in total: 5 roadsters and 5 coupes. In effect, it’s one of the rarest Pagani hypercars of all time,
The Zonda Cinque is powered by a screaming 7.3L V12 motor sourced from Mercedes-AMG. The design is spectacular, both inside and out. Without a doubt, the Cinque will become a classic car within just a few decades.
Ferrari 488 Pista
The Italian automaker unveiled the Ferrari 488 Pista, a successor to the previously mentioned Ferrari 458 Speciale, back in early 2018. It has the potential to become a valuable timeless classic supercar in the coming decades, just like its direct predecessor.
The Pista is essentially a souped-up, race-inspired version of the regular 488 supercar. It’s more powerful than the base model. It also comes with more aggressive styling that’s unique to the Pista. Ferrari will only build around 3,500 examples in total, all of them are already sold out.
Audi RS6+ by ABT
ABT is a well-known tuner that specializes in developing some of the most powerful Audis the world has ever seen. One of their most significant projects is the RS6+, an insane version of Audi’s performance wagon tuned to make over 700 horsepower!
The RS6+ by ABT makes over 110 horsepower more than a stock RS6. It can also shoot up to 60 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds. What’s more, the German tuner only made 50 examples of this beast.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
The Lancer Evolution series is one of the most legendary Japanese vehicles of all time, and the final tenth generation is no exception. Unlike its predecessors, the last Evo never officially raced in the World Rally Championship. That’s one of the main reasons why it was nowhere near as successful as its predecessors, at least at first.
Mitsubishi discontinued the model after 2015. To commemorate the series one last time, the Japanese automaker offered a Final Edition limited to just 1,600 units, on top of the 22,000 examples that were sold in the US throughout its production run.
Audi TT RS
As the nameplate may suggest, the TT RS is a high-performance variant of the regular Audi TT sports car. The German automaker launched this model for the first time in 2009, shortly after the debut of the R8 supercar. The TT RS was quickly nicknamed the Baby R8.
The first-gen TT RS packs a 335-horsepower flat-five, enabling this sports car to reach 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds! Though this car is both quick and immensely fun to drive, it was always overshadowed by the R8. It has every right to become a future classic in the coming decades.
Remember when Lincoln attempted to enter the luxury pickup truck segment? You probably don’t. That’s because the Blackwood was a truly awful truck in every way imaginable. Clearly, most buyers felt the same way.
Nobody really wanted a luxurious Lincoln pickup truck, and it’s quite easy to see why. The automaker discontinued the model merely two years after its debut due to low sales. Only 3,356 examples were built in total, making it the rarest Lincoln of all time. That’s exactly why it could just become a classic truck in the next few decades.